“Black history is a series of missing chapters from British history. I’m trying to put those bits back in.” – David Olusoga

Join us this October for Black History Month 2021

In 2021, with Black people suffering disproportionately during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the recent publication of the government’s much criticised report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities – which UNISON described as a “shocking, but unfortunately not surprising…attempt to deny the reality of structural racism” – it’s important that we celebrate positive Black history and raise awareness of lesser known Black stories, such as Indian-born suffragette Princess Sophia, Britain’s first black voter Ignatius Sancho, or the Bristol bus boycott.

Black History Month Weekend

We’re inviting Black members to come together in celebration for a special weekend of events 15-16 October 2021 featuring guest speaker David Olusoga (pictured), author of the bestseller Black And British as well as a fantastic online Black leadership skills course and more!


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Black History Month 2023 events

Get involved with activities and events to celebrate Black History Month 2023

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Guest blog: Black History Month 2023

UNISON South East Black members committee co-chair Skip Bawa writes about his experience of Black History Month

University of Brighton branch release Anti-racism Toolkit

The branch hope their new toolkit will aid members in identifying and confronting racism in the workplace

Celebrating Black History Month 2022

Black Members in the South East unite this October

Standing shoulder to shoulder with our Black colleagues

UNISON condemns the vile online racism towards the England football team


Black History Month has been celebrated in the UK during October since 1987, when it was first organised by Ghanaian analyst Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, to recognise the contributions of African, Asian and Caribbean people to the economic, cultural and political life of the UK.

Black stories have too often been seen as a footnote to history, with a narrative dominated by slavery and colonial oppression – but the Windrush scandal, the surge of support for the Black Lives Matter movement and the toppling of statues to slave-traders in the wake of the murder of George Floyd have brought Black lives and Black history into focus.