Celebrating history and heritage of black communities in Barnsley

Barnsley Council is celebrating the culture, history and achievement of black communities in Barnsley throughout Black History Month. The month will be celebrated virtually on the Council's Facebook and Council's Twitter pages and will focus on positive contributions and raise awareness of the challenges faced by black and ethnic minorities.

First launched in 1987, Black History Month has become an important date in the cultural calendar and aims for communities to educate themselves and others about the history and journey of black lives.

This year, there will be a series of content for staff and residents to view online, including dedicated books and literature written by black authors at Barnsley Libraries, and blogs from Barnsley Museums to celebrate the historical contributions of black people in the borough.

The council has also worked with the community to showcase the positive and challenging stories of what it means to be black in Barnsley. Residents are encouraged to follow #BlackHistoryMonth on social media to find more information throughout the month.

Cllr Alan Gardiner, Cabinet Spokesperson for Core, said: "It's really important that we celebrate and acknowledge Black History Month. Black history is not a taboo subject, and we hope that by providing context, we will help our communities to understand the importance of black contributions in Barnsley.

"We've really spent a lot of time preparing for the month and have worked with community groups to ensure that voices of black people are heard. I would encourage everyone to get involved in the celebrations online using #BlackHistoryMonth."

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