Black History Month

Events and activities marking Black History Month are currently keeping our African Health Project colleagues busy.  Each year, Black History Month provides an opportunity for people across the UK to learn, understand and honour the role that black/minority ethnic
men and women have played in shaping the country’s history.

We owe the concept of Black History Month to the son of former slaves, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an African American scholar, who noted that American history books largely ignored the Black American population. The situation in Scotland is similar, even in 2015. To
counter Scotland’s ‘hidden history’, Black History Month has been celebrated in Scotland since 2001, and has encompassed the history of African, Caribbean and Asian people in this country; people whose sacrifices, contributions and achievements against a backdrop of racism, inequality and injustice are often forgotten about and are absent from our history books and education system.

At Waverley Care Black History Month events are an opportunity for us to build links with African communities to ensure they have access to health services across Scotland and accurate information about HIV. At some events we are also offering HIV Testing.

Here are a few of the events taking place.

Saturday 17th October – Lanarkshire Black History Month Celebration
3-7pm,  Pat Cullinan Community Centre, Logan’s Rd, Motherwell

Organised by Waverley Care in association with African Lanarkshire for Mental Health and Best Way Community Development. Scottish dances and choir, African singing, dance and cuisine. Free Entry. Contact Nathan for more details on 07853 041130.

Friday 23rd October – Sexual Health & Stigma Event
2 – 4.30pm, Renfrewshire Effort to Empower Minorities, 14 Wallmeadow Street, Paisley, PA1 2EE

Free workshop for ethnic minority communities, exploring sexual health and stigma. The session will consider the impact of stigma on people’s lives while increasing knowledge and encouraging more supportive attitudes. Contact Margaret for more details on 07743 475311.

Saturday 24th October – Stirling Black History Month Celebration
1 – 5pm, Mayfield Community Centre, Sunnyabank Rd, Stirling, FK7 0DB

Centreal Scotland African Union & Waverley Care present a fabulous community celebration. Come prepared to have fun and laughter! African food, fashion show, legacy video, African craft exhibition, African fabrics, Music & Dance, NHS info stall. Contact Bibiana for more details on 07718 970591

Sunday 22nd November – Taste of Africa – Throw Back Black History Month
2 – 6pm, Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Close, Paisley PA1 1JF

Art, craft, drum, fashion and food exhibitions will run alongside musical entertainment drama and dance at this event joining entertainment with workshops to look back at all of the workshops run during Black History Month. Contact Ana for more information on 0141 237 1595.


For a full list of the events taking place in Glasgow and Lanarkshire, please visit Crer’s website