Birmingham celebrates Black History  by Alex Burroughes

October is Black History Month around the UK and 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of when it was first celebrated in the UK. Black History Month is a time to reflect on the past but also to celebrate the impact of what Black History has had in the 21st Century.  

Birmingham is one of the most diverse cities in the UK and it celebrates this amazing event every year. Birmingham City Council is a proud supporter of this wonderful celebration of culture and diversity and wants to continue to learn new and inspiring stories of black history.  

This year’s theme is an extension from last years “The Voice of Black Music Icons” and will have many exciting activities happening all over Birmingham that aim to engage and educate more young people on Black History. 

 

Motivational  

One such activity is the empowering and motivational  “I am Phenomenal” which is a community event that is designed to inspire people sharing powerful real stories. Hosting this wonderful event is the life coach Chantel Sachanna.  

She is joined by many incredible guests such as Leo Muhammad from the Real McCoy TV Show, Spencer Fearon a Sky Sports Presenter and Journalist and special comedy guest Smash. There will also be many stalls there selling jewellery, food and cultural clothing.  

This fantastic event happens Saturday 3rd October at 1pm and to find out more visit: https://www.snizl.com/gb/west-midlands/birmingham/novotel-hotel/events/i-am-phenomenal-birminghams-number-1-motivational-event 

 

Entertaining 

The story of Tracy Turnblad’s big dream of becoming a star is being shown at Birmingham’s Hippodrome and is fun for all the family. This delightful show focuses on the fight for Black’s rights in the 1960s whilst still being an entertaining show with amazing musical pieces and comedy which will have you rolling with laughter. 

A wonderful look back into American society, it is a great way to teach children all about the Civil Rights movement whilst still being a classic musical that they will enjoy and sing along to.  

Hairspray takes place between the 9th till the 14th of October and costs £19.50 per person. For more information visit:  https://www.snizl.com/gb/west-midlands/birmingham/birmingham-hippodrome/events/hairspray-the-musical-book-tickets-now 

 

Educational  

Finally, another amazing event that hopes to engage young people in Black History Month is the Black British History Family Workshop happening at the Library of Birmingham on the 14th and 28th of October.  

These wonderful events introduce young children and their families to the fascinating Black British History and plans on educating them all about amazing historical figures such as war heroine Mary Seacole who served in Crimean War. A fantastic learning opportunity for both child and adults alike. 

This event has limited access so to book and find out more visit: https://www.snizl.com/gb/west-midlands/birmingham/library-of-birmingham/events/black-british-history-family-workshop 

So come to Birmingham and have a great time learning all about Black History this October. 





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