Black History Month 2020 – Why it means the world now more than ever!

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2020 has had its fair share of pain and hardship, especially for the black community. Black History Month is a pivotal point in the calendars of black people around the globe. But there is a greater significance as to why it is cardinal now more than ever.

Although brave to say, Black History Month has held no greater significance than it has in 2020. From the murder of Breonna Taylor in March to the unjust death of George Floyd in May, being of darker complexion has in some ways appeared to draw a target on the backs of black people. 

Aside from the tragedies in America, many countries in Africa have also become victims of corruption, murder and turmoil. From Nigeria’s END SARS movement (which has been a catalyst for global protest) to the exploitation scandal in Congo, the overriding feeling for black people is hopelessness. 

Black History Month, the celebration of being black. A reminder that people of colour are inspirational, influential and a force to be reckoned with.

From the art to the music, to their dance, rhythm naturally flows through their blood. From their elaborate hairstyles, unique names, their poise and their very being. To be black is to be beautiful.

The month of October is a reminder of the heroes that came before and paved the way. The ones that showed society that to be black one must be bold, they must be thick-skinned, and most of all they must be proud. 

The Voice of London spoke to Christine-Lockhart Walker as she shares her experience of BHM and what it means to her. 


Check out part one of our discussion on Black History Month

Words: Salimotu Shobowale | Subbed: Leah Trimmer

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