Britain’s Black History Month and its Discontents

Black History Month and its Discontents offers a series of articles written over decades of study and observations. They aim to enrich our understanding of both the problems and the future possibilities of the Black peoples of Britain.

By Thomas L Blair © 4 October 2016 

Figure in wood, Thomas L Blair  all rights reserved
Figure in wood, Thomas L Blair all rights reserved

Too many people use Black History Month as a convenient pose, a rationalisation for the refusal to take risks in contemporary affairs. In my view, celebrating Black History can only be beneficial if it rescues, revives, and represents Britain’s peoples of continental African and Caribbean heritage. This is the foundation for debate and action on the problems facing Black communities today. 

The love of learning, the discipline of study — these important ingredients make Britain’s Black History and Discontents unique and invaluable.

The goal is a new Black History Agenda based on some key questions:

  • How to gain special insight into one’s own traditions and heritages without sacrificing engagement with contemporary culture?
  • What are the best ways to retrieve the past for a better future?
  • Isn’t it the historical moment to plan danger-limiting and opportunity-enhancing strategies?

Black History Month and its Discontents leads towards the answers. Black History is a priceless heritage. It is a great educational instrument and call to action in perilous times. Use it for the advancement of future generations.  Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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