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Black History Month in Birmingham

Explore Birmingham's Black cultural heritage by e-scooter

In addition to our Birmingham City Guide we want to mark Black History Month with some important sites to visit that celebrate and preserve its African and Caribbean cultural heritage. As well as many specific events taking place throughout the month that reflect the city’s diversity and heritage, this year’s programme also reflects on the impact that COVID-19 has had on Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Black Heritage Walks

Scoot over to an array of fascinating locations for a guided tour by Black Heritage Walks. This organisation was set up in 2018 to share stories of the Windrush generation who had arrived in Birmingham 70 years previously.

During Black History Month, and throughout the year, join the storytellers for an immersive and inspiring experience. Starting locations include Handsworth House for the Madiba Walk and Ida B Wells Walk through Edgbaston, where she worked tirelessly for social justice and inclusive education in the 1890s.

Following in the footsteps of some great leaders, Black Heritage Walks actively share paths to peace throughout Birmingham.

Forward Together, Victoria Square

A magnificent 13m-long piece of public art created by artist Luke Perry, Forward Together was unveiled in July 2021 in Birmingham’s Victoria Square and will stay in situ for a year.

It’s a masterful representation of 25 diverse Midlanders going about their daily tasks. It also features the words of Birmingham’s own poet and actor Benjamin Zephaniah, from his poem Refugees: "No one is here without a struggle" and "We all came here from somewhere".

Luke Perry also created a handsome permanent sculpture of singer Phil Lynott in West Bromwich, where the celebrated Thin Lizzy leader was born.

Spaces for Listening

During the pandemic, a Community Interest Company, I Am My Sister, created a virtual safe space for Black women to meet and, in particular, share experiences that fellow Black women have around wellbeing, parenting and identity. For Black History Month, they are having face to face Spaces for Listening at The Lighthouse Young People’s Centre, 100 Alma Way on Saturdays, and these will continue after the Month too.

Hot food will be served, so all in all, this will be a safe, soulful and sustaining place to be. For more information on exact times, contact info@iammysister.co.uk

Birmingham Universities

We love our student Voiagers at Birmingham University and we also love that there is an impressive programme of events going on throughout Black History Month. They all have the theme of Proud To Be.

Similarly, there is a programme of events at Birmingham's Aston University including a day to wear red, to give racism the red card on 21 October.

Birmingham Town Hall

Birmingham’s landmark Town Hall has had music echoing through its colonnades for decades, and has been the home of Birmingham’s famous Triennial Musical Festivals since 1834. Although it doesn’t have specific Black History Month events, we should celebrate its multicultural programming all year round. This is thanks to the genius charity B:Music, responsible for Birmingham Symphony Hall and Town Hall.

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