Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Black History Month Celebration 2023 Draws to A Close in the UK

Our Roots - Black History Matters
Our Roots – Black History Matters

*The United Kingdom has a rich history. Black History being an aspect of it matters and needs to be celebrated. One way or the other, Black History Month UK is celebrated in October.

The event which began in the US in the 1920s, was first celebrated in the UK in 1987.

36 years on, Black History Month is as popular and important as it was when it was first celebrated in the UK.

There are more Black and Asian Britons making inroads into the mainstream UK entertainment industry and more.

Black history celebration gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate, and understand the impact of black heritage and culture through creative arts and events for the young, old, and enthused.

The WINDRUSH story - Windrush National Monument
The WINDRUSH story – Windrush National Monument

The illustrated Windrush story display by TAYO Fatunla at Camberwell Library in South East London has been seen by many including the enthusiastic and supportive Mayor of Southwark, Councillor Michael Situ who also visited the library to view the display which TAYO Fatunla creator of OUR ROOTS explained how he got to do the project and displayed.

OUR ROOTS - Mayor Tayo Adelanti Situ
OUR ROOTS – Mayor Tayo Adelanti Situ

Michael Situ’s father, the late Tayo Situ was the first African and Nigerian Mayor of the diverse London borough of Southwark. More attention has been paid to the importance of the Windrush story, 75 years later this year through commemorations. Here is to many more years of celebrating Black History Month because Black history still matters.

TAYO Fatunla
TAYO Fatunla

TAYO Fatunla whose work has been featured on via is an award-winning British-Nigerian Comic Artist, Editorial Cartoonist, Writer, and Illustrator and is an artist of the African diaspora. He is a graduate of the prestigious Kubert School, in New Jersey, US, and recipient of the 2018 ECBACC Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrated OUR ROOTS creation and series – Famous people in Black History – He participated at UNESCO’s Cartooning In Africa forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Cartooning Global Forum in Paris, France and has held a virtual OUR ROOTS cartoon workshop for SMITHSONIAN- National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C. His Fela Kuti image is prominently featured in Burna Boy’s mega-Afrobeat hit song “Ye”.

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