Profiles to Engage with this Black History Month
Black History Month is the perfect time to commit to learning more about black British history, but also the issues that are affecting the black British community today. Having more knowledge about history and current issues helps us to understand where different people come from and be empathetic towards different people. Black History Month is also an amazing opportunity to engage with content that uplifts and celebrates the black community! One way to do both of these things is by following and engaging with different profiles on social media. In today’s world, most people spend quite a bit of time on social media so following a variety of accounts allows you to learn from and understand different points of views whilst scrolling through your feed. Focusing on Instagram & Twitter, I’ve put a list together of some of the people and organisations to engage with to learn more about black history, current issues and celebrate people doing amazing things. Each profile has a different way of sharing information, some share historical facts, others share relevant events, black businesses, black success stories and many share great books, tv shows and films that we can go away and engage with in our own time.
Afro Leads is ran by two sisters dedicated to celebrating & promoting UK black business & culture.
David Olusoga OBE is a British historian, writer, presenter and film-maker. He is the author of Black and British: A Forgotten History and has presented a number of BBC documentaries covering topics such as the Windrush scandal, black British history and the British empire.
Nearly all Black Lives Matter protests are peaceful despite Trump narrative, report finds https://t.co/0l2b19lcvd— David Olusoga (@DavidOlusoga) September 5, 2020
To celebrate the new children's edition of Black and British and Black History Month, join @DavidOlusoga in an in-conversation event @britishlibrary where he will talk about why black British history matters and why the ways it is taught are so important https://t.co/3F9RnZ9EBq pic.twitter.com/qK0p8Vjblx— Macmillan Children's Books (@MacmillanKidsUK) September 27, 2020
BLACK CULTURAL ARCHIVES
The Black Cultural Archives collect, preserve and celebrate the culture and history of people of African and Caribbean descent in the UK. Based in Windrush Square in the heart of Brixton, South London, throughout the year, they curate exhibitions , run events and host educational programmes.
Emma Dabiri an Irish-Nigerian author, academic, and broadcaster. She is the author of book Don't Touch My Hair, which explores the history of black hair and why black hair matters.
THE VOICE NEWSPAPER
The Voice Newspaper is the only British national black weekly newspaper. Founded in 1982, it is aimed at the British African-Caribbean community and aims to cater for the interests of British-born black people.
Akala is a British musician, writer and historian. He is the author of book Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire.
Jamii is a discount card and discovery platform dedicated to making it easier for people to shop with independent black-owned businesses.
Founded by journalist Tobi Oredein, Black Ballad is a media platform that creates content to empower and celebrate black women.
“Being embraced as a Black 🇬🇧 author is important to me because that’s simply who I am. I have multiple ethnic identities I love equally. Black 🇬🇧, to me, covers them all & conveys the melting pot of marginalised cultures I’ve grown up with”@TaliaHibberthttps://t.co/fbxLKvdTO8— Black Ballad (@BlackBalladUK) September 24, 2020
BLACK BEAUTY & HAIR MAGAZINE
Black Beauty & Hair Magazine is a glossy magazine that features the latest hair, beauty and fashion looks.
BLACK GIRLS ROCK
Black Girls Rock is a global empowerment movement dedicated to inspiring, empowering and celebrating women and girls of colour.
THE BLACK CURRICULUM
The Black Curriculum is a social enterprise that was founded to address the lack of black British history that is in the UK Curriculum. They deliver black British history through the arts to young people in the UK.
Welcome new followers!— The Black Curriculum (@CurriculumBlack) May 5, 2020
We are a social enterprise founded in 2019 by young people to address the lack of Black British history in the UK curriculum.
We believe that by delivering arts focused Black history programmes, teacher training & campaigning, we can make a change. pic.twitter.com/8IukAQKJai
56 BLACK MEN
56 Black Man started as a visual campaign documenting 56 black men who are doing something that challenges the widespread stereotypes of black men. 56 Black Men now aim to continue to challenge stereotypes and change the narrative for life.