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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Black History Month in Sheffield

Black History Month is an annual month-long celebration of the histories, triumphs, and achievements of Black people of African and Caribbean descent. It was first celebrated in the United States in 1926 by American historian Carter G. Woodson and began in the UK in 1987, taking place in October every year since.

Black History Month is also a time to recognise marginalised voices in society. It is about reflecting on the struggles, oppression, and resistance that Black people have faced over the years. It is an opportunity for everyone to recognise that Black history is more than just the history of slavery or Martin Luther King.

This year, there is a range of activities planned for Sheffield's Black History Month to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the achievements of Black Britons right here in our Steel City.

From 1st to the 31st of October, our programme guide features events happening across Sheffield, including educational workshops, community art exhibitions, film screenings, comedy nights, talks, and gigs. These events highlight the achievement and contributions of Black people to Sheffield's history, and celebrate cultural identity and heritage through music, food, and art. There will be something for everyone in a celebration that is a continued honouring of the rich culture and heritage of Black people.

Scroll through our guide below to see what's still in store for you across our wonderful historic city and get involved with a cultural celebration of Black joy!

Written by Annalisa Toccara.