Celebrating Black History Month

Throughout October, events have been taking place across the UK to celebrate Black History Month and our African Health Project has been marking the occasion with a diverse programme of events.

Black History Month has been observed in the UK every October for over 35 years – providing a point of focus for the celebration of black history, arts and culture in the UK.

At the beginning of the month we were at Motherwell Library where local African groups gathered for a poetry writing and recital workshop. The workshop tied in with National Poetry Day and showcased the power of poetry to help people express their views on issues close to their hearts. On the day, three main themes emerged – HIV stigma, mental health and gender equality.

Later in the month, we hosted an event in our Glasgow office celebrating the role of African health professionals. We were joined by two African doctors and a community activist who spoke about their role in the community. An interesting point, which is reflected in feedback on the work of our African Health Project, is the trust and value that members of the African community place on services which are delivered by fellow Africans.

Coming up, on Saturday 5 November, we are also helping to organise a Community Celebration in Stirling. The day promises to be a fun-filled afternoon of African food, fashion and music with children’s activities and information stalls. Free health checks will also be on offer and we will be there encouraging people to know their HIV status. You can find out more about the event here.

Through our African Health Project we work closely with a wide range of African community groups. Being involved in events around Black History Month is a great opportunity to strengthen those community ties and to talk about our work around HIV and Hepatitis C education and prevention.

You can find out more about the work of our African Health Project here.