What Is Black History Month and how it all started?
This event originally began as Negro History Week in 1926 in the United States, when Carter G. Woodson, a historian and a founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, announced the second week of February to be "Negro History Week". The week of celebration was to highlight the recognition and importance of the black history in American history. Later on, primary emphasis was placed on encouraging the history teaching of black Americans in the nation's public schools.
Why BHM is celebrated in February in the US?
BHM is celebrated in February in the United States as it coincided with Abraham Lincoln's and Frederick Douglass' birthdays, which black communities had celebrated since the late 19th century. Abraham Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War to Union's victory in 1865 abolishing slavery. Frederick Douglass was an escaped slave who became a prominent activist, author and public speaker. He became a leader in the abolitionist movement, ending the practice of slavery, before and during the Civil War.
Why BHM is celebrated in October in the UK?
After visiting America in the 1970s, Ghanaian-born Akyaaba Addai Sebo, a special projects officer at the Greater London Council, founded the Black History Month UK in 1987. There are two possible reasons why it is celebrated in October in the UK. October is when African chiefs gather to settle their differences, so Akyaaba chose this month to reconnect with African roots. Additionally, many thought that since it was the beginning of the new academic year, October would give black children a sense of pride and identity.
Why The Wild Curl is taking part in the BHM celebration?
The Wild Curl is a small London based business, founded in the end-2017, that provides sustainable and vegan curly hair care solutions. The founder of The Wild Curl, Vanessa Martins Lopes, is a curly hair owner who has struggled her whole life to find good products that work well for her hair. She believes that the curly hair market is hugely under-served and overlooked by the big players. To fight this inequality in the hair care industry, Vanessa decided to start her own curly hair company. The Wild Curl believes that everyone should be able to express themselves as they want and this should be encouraged by the hair care industry.
For The Wild Curl, Black History Month is time to celebrate all the magnificent contributions of the Black community to the world, whos work has often gone unheard and unseen by many. Moreover, it is time to think about what kind of future we want to live and how are we, each and every one of us, contributing to that future. This is why The Wild Curl is celebrating BHM and taking part in catalyzing change in the world we are living in.