Black History Month is underway with events and activities taking place across the UK throughout October to celebrate the accomplishments of black Britons.
We kicked off what will be a busy month for us with an anti-racism educational event at Sunderland AFC on 1st October.
Over 60 pupils from three local primary schools joined in workshops about racism, hate crime and prejudice and got the chance to tour the Stadium of Light and meet current and former SAFC players. As well as current players Alim Ozturk and George Dobson, and Sunderland Ladies player Charlotte Potts, we were joined by Sunderland AFC legend Gary Bennett, who answered questions about his own experiences of racism in football and society dating back to his playing days which began in the 1980s.
This is just one of many events we’ll be holding or attending throughout October where we’ll be raising awareness of Black History Month.
We’re delivering anti-racism education work to young people in many schools across the UK this October and working with 13 football clubs in England to provide anti-racism education to yet more young people. Education and Campaign Workers will be speaking at special Black History Month events in workplaces, theatres, groups and unions, all in the hope of educating people, changing attitudes and tackling racism.
On top of this our annual awareness day Wear Red Day takes place this month – on 4th October in Scotland and 18th October in England and Wales.
You can find out more about Black History Month on the Black History Month website here or follow the hashtags #BlackHistoryMonth and #BHM on social media.