As it’s Black History month in October here in the U.k a question has been raised as to the relevance of BHM. I have outlined my feelings in Black history Month, why we still need it. However, I want to know how other people feel about it. I asked Toyin Agbetu, founder of the Ligali Foundation how he felt about Black History Month. His response is below.
The need for African history month is similar to that of a statutory body for equality. We ideally do not want it to exist but accept that whilst discrimination remains a fixture of society, we require progressive remedies to address and eventually eradicate the problem.
One important improvement to African history month would be to ensure that events strongly feature history on the acts, culture and beliefs of self determining Africans as opposed to its current focus on entertainment or first to mimic western achievement milestones.
However for African history month itself not to cause damage by reinforcing falsehoods of eurocentrism (see Samir Amin) then it is crucial that all black history month events are pan-African in character and place the restoration of African identity at the centre of their teachings – not nebulous narrow doctrines of hyphenated black nationalism as they do now.
Now it’s your turn, please share your feelings about black history month with us all here.