October is Black History Month in the UK. Whilst all our activities must consider the diverse needs and interests of our residents and staff. October provides us with an opportunity to focus on recognising the history, arts and culture of black British people.
This year marks the 32nd Black History Month in the United Kingdom – the first was celebrated in 1987.
Things to consider when planning activities in recognition of Black History:
Focusing on arts and culture is a great way to support residents to share their own history and any significant events.
In care homes, residents and staff can share what they know about the history of black British people. Such as the achievements of inspiring black British role models such as athletes, authors, poets, actors and musicians.
Things to do:
Listen to music and dance! Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, The Specials, The Skatalites or Toots and the Maytals are good starting points as well as more modern, reggae-influenced r&b by artists such as Soul II Soul, Sade or Estelle etc.
Show pictures and reminisce about influential the Caribbean and Black British artists, and British bands.
Show pictures and reminisce about the contributions of black Britons to sport, art and culture. It might be interesting to include some figures from years ago, as well as black Britons in living memory. You might include: