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Black History Month

What is Black History Month?

Black History Month is an annual acknowledgment that honors and commemorates the contributions of African figures throughout history and explores the impact of African and Caribbean culture on society. 

Routledge has dedicated this space to exploring Black History and Heritage on any day of the year, not just during Black History Month.

When is Black History Month?

Black History Month is celebrated in the United States and the United Kingdom. In the states, Black History Month is celebrated throughout February; and is celebrated in October in the UK.

Black History Month has been celebrated in the USA for almost 100 years. However, Black History Month has only been officially recognized in the UK since the 1980s.

British Black History

It's Black History Month in the UK, and Routledge spoke to the Author of the timely 'Invisible Voices' to get his thoughts on the attainment gap in education, why he decided to write, and what finding his black history enabled him to do.

The Importance of Black Stories in Publishing

"More people like me need to write," says Martin. "For me, the politics of this is not just to represent diversity in terms of your published one or two black people. But in the way, it understands diverse narratives and the way they're presented."

"But you know what I realize is, many black people never get a legacy - all the people in my book died before they could bring their legacy through." 

Read the full blog here.

Red, green, yellow and brown silhouettes of people with African heritage for Black History Month

African American History

African American history is rooted in slavery and oppression. These titles tell the stories of the oppressed. 

The Civil Rights Movement

The civil rights movement was one of the most prevalent times in African-American history. From the nonviolent approach of Martin Luther King Jr. to the 'by any means the necessary' mindset of Malcolm X to the black women who fearlessly fought power, such as Angela Davis down to Harriet Tubman. All must study this time in history to gain a fuller understanding of the current struggles faced by many African-Americans in the present day.