THE COALITION FOR RACIAL EQUALITY AND RIGHTS IS ONCE AGAIN PLEASED TO PRESENT OUR PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2022
Welcome to #BHM2022
Black History Month programming started in Scotland over 20 years ago and has grown from strength to strength. Rooted in the solidarity of the anti-racist movement, Black History Month is a time to campaign and raise awareness on issues of Black history and present day racism. This includes highlighting the histories and legacies of empire, colonialism and slavery that continue to shape Scottish society.
At the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER), we have again had the privilege of working with a range of partners from across the community, voluntary and public sector to put together a Black History Month Programme for 2022. This year's programme includes a range of exciting events including walking tours, film screenings, celebrations and many more. We were delighted to see organisations from across Scotland contributing events to the programme and we thank all the individuals and organisations who are a part of this year's BHM for their continued support.
Black history is Scotland’s history. It is as crucial as ever that Black history is celebrated in Scotland. This only happens with a change in our history and heritage sectors and our education system. Black history needs to be more integrated into the ways in which we teach and tell stories about Scotland. This encompasses the history of African, Caribbean and Asian people in this country; people who often have a direct link with Scotland through slavery, colonialism and migration. Black History Month focuses on people whose sacrifices, contributions and achievements against a backdrop of racism, inequality and injustice are often forgotten about.
Campaigns on issues of education, heritage and Black history are at a key point. In the past year, the Empire, Slavery & Scotland's Museums Project produced a set of recommendations to the Scottish Government focused on how Scotland should engage with its colonial legacies and histories of empire and transatlantic slavery. This included the recommendation that "Scotland should create a dedicated space to address our role in empire, colonialism, and historic slavery." It is important that this recommendation and the others by the ESSM project are taken forward by the Scottish Government to ensure that the histories and legacies of empire and slavery can be further engaged with and understood by people living in Scotland as critical to the development and formation of Scottish society.
Thank you again for your support of BHM. Most of the events in this year's programme are free, with details on how to sign up for them in the programme or on our Black History Month website.
Sandra Deslandes-Clark, Chair, CRER
Nelson Cummins, CRER BHM Co-ordinator,
Parveen Khan, Vice-Chair, CRER
“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness -and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we're being brainwashed to believe.”
- Arundhati Roy
You can download a digital copy of the programme below or you can view what's on throughout October on this page and on the calendar on our homepage.