Black History Month (BHM) is held each year in October, with a programme that promotes the history and contribution that African and Caribbean communities have made to Leicester, helping to understand the present through our past. Having been awarded the tenure by Leicester City Council, Serendipity has overseen BHM in Leicester since 2012. Each year our programming centres around a unifying theme. In preparation future themes for the next three years are as follows:
In 2016, BHM will recognise the life and work of South African Social Rights activist Desmond Tutu on the occasion of his 85th Birthday and also marks 40 years since the seminal publication The Arts the Britain Ignores by Naseem Kahn. Policy, practice and social justice is the theme that will be celebrated as throughout BHM2016
In 2017, BHM will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the UK. This year will also mark 50 years since Robert Lawrence became the first Black Astronaut.
In 2018, BHM will acknowledge the 70th Anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush, one of the ships to bring 500 migrants from Jamaica to the UK. 2018 will also mark the centenary year of Nelson Mandela’s birth.