Basildon has announced a line-up of events to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Black History Month, which will take place throughout October.
Black History Month is an annual event which remembers important people and events in the history of the African and Caribbean diaspora.
This year, the celebration in the borough will focus on raising awareness of the African and Caribbean heritage, cultures and success.
The celebrations will help to promote the passing of black history to the next generation in Essex, whilst helping to develop sustainable community cohesion and equality throughout the county.
The events in Basildon will be led by Yetunde Adeshile, Black History Month Chair.
The programme will also be delivered with support from Essex County Council, Basildon Borough Council, members of the Community and the UK National History Month organisation.
The opening ceremony will take place on 7 October at the St George’s Suit in The Basildon Centre. During the ceremony, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about Black History in the UK, as well as in Basildon Borough.
Cllr Susan Barker, Cabinet Member for Culture, Community and Customers, said: “This year Basildon has a very strong programme of events to mark the 30th Anniversary of Black History Month, and we are proud to support the celebrations in Essex.
Black History Month remembers important people and events in African and Caribbean History, whilst celebrating how communities have brought with them ideas to our county which has enabled Essex to flourish. I am delighted with the pride people take in their communities in Essex. We want county to be a great place to live and work, and the celebrations will help to foster equality, as well as promote the important role of Black History to the next generation.”