Black History Month 2020

October is Black History Month, the annual celebration of the history, achievements and contributions of black people in the UK. This month take the time to listen, learn, share and celebrate black history, culture and heritage.

Now more than ever, in light of the recent Windrush scandal (2018) and the Black Lives Matter movement (2020), it is important that we come together to recognise and value black culture, raising awareness of the positive contributions black people have made to British society.

While the coronavirus pandemic means that we can’t gather together for public celebrations, many events and cultural activities have moved online and there are opportunities to virtually take part, listen, learn, share and celebrate black history, culture and heritage.

As an inclusive and non-discriminatory organisation, we at West Kent Mind encourage you to ‘Dig Deeper, Look Closer, Think Bigger’ this Black History Month 2020, and we have compiled a list of website links that relate to things we can all do at home, on our own, or with our families, to be part of this important celebration.

This is a useful starting point, full of news, history, opinion, arts and culture, including information about virtual events happening across the UK.

For children and young people, the BBC has lots of inspiring online resources to mark Black History Month


Black Mental Health Organisations

To reach out to for support include: 


The fruits of your labour

However little food we have, we’ll share it even if it’s only one locust.’

Malagasy proverb

Celebrate Black History Month by turning your hand to culinary activities and cooking a meal at home.  We found these useful online sources that are full of wonderful recipes and inspiration:

You could also support a local trader by buying your ingredients from here:

Read any good books, or watched a great film lately?

 ‘I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.’

Booker T. Washington (African-American educator, author and orator)

The links below contain suggestions for books written by black authors who are either experienced in, or new to, the British literature world:

Netflix will mark Black History Month in October with a special collection of films, shorts and television series which celebrate different aspects of the black British experience.

The streaming service has pulled together 20 titles that focus on “joy, friendship and family”, which will go live on 1st October.

Heritage matters

‘Time and again events and phenomena that we think we know and understand contain within them lost or camouflaged connections to Africa, slavery and black history.’

David Olusoga from his book Black and British: A Forgotten History 

To read about black British history, check out the links below:

Donate to make a difference

‘The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.’

Oscar Wilde

Why not follow or donate to a charity that champions the voice and equal rights of black people in the UK.  A selection includes:

Medway African and Caribbean Association

Ashford BME

Diversity House

Black Minds Matter UK

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

Black Lives Matter

Listen to the music

‘If music be the food of love, play on’

from Twelfth Night Or What You Will by William Shakespeare

The link below is a BBC archive of black, British musicians who have played a significant part in the history of popular music in the UK.  Why not browse through the list and upload/download/purchase some of their works:

If Jazz is more your thing, then how about listening to some golden greats during lockdown from internationally renowned black performers such as Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, Nat King Cole or Count Basie – to name but a few.

Black Lives Matter

 ‘Our fight for liberty, justice and freedom continues. Together, we can — and will — transform. This is the revolution. Change is coming.’

A global movement fighting for freedom, liberation and justice.

Many of us created and hung rainbows in our windows that demonstrated our support for the NHS when COVID-19 appeared on the scene.  Some were simple drawings or paintings, some were mobiles and some were incredible works of art.  For the month of October, you could create a poster that supports the Black Lives Matter movement and put that in your front window.  There are lots of Black Lives Matter logos shown in the link below that you could copy or you could simply let your imagination go and create your own work of art that shows solidarity with the movement:

 Black Lives Matter Logos


We hope you find these suggestions and links useful. We do not seek to endorse any of the websites listed, or the content, there are many websites available on a huge range of topics relating to Black History and Black History Month celebrations.