Celebrate Black history all year round

Added 28 Sep 2021
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Black History Month falls in October each year, and is a great time to learn about and celebrate Black heritage. However, Black history can, and should, be recognised all year round.

We've developed this calendar to highlight key dates that you can mark in school to honour Black heroes throughout the year, and learn more about our journey towards equality.

These range from significant commemoration days to celebrating Black authors and individuals, and much more. For example:

  • Windrush Day
  • The birthday of Malorie Blackman, first Black children's laureate
  • Ensuring your World Book Day plans include Black authors
  • Marking contributions to world events, such as Katherine Johnson's work at NASA enabling safe space travel.

We have also created book lists to highlight and uplift Black and Black British authors and illustrators and their work. These books are equal parts entertaining, inspiring and educational - explore the lists here, where you'll also find more recommendations on our interactive Black British Book Map.

If you work in a school or public library and are keen to understand how to ensure your library collection and reading experience is as diverse and inclusive as possible, then sign up for our Diverse Libraries webinar series.