Black History month is celebrated annually in USA, Canada andUK. It celebrates the achievements and contributions of blackpeople in society.It´s seen as an important part of history as 12% of USA is of anAfrican American background and 4% of UK is of a Black Britishbackground.
In the 1700s, Britain was involved in the slave trade betweenAmerica, Africa and Europe. Liverpool is home to the oldestblack community in England. In 1833, slavery was abolished, andthe black people in Britain were let free. However, due to racialdiscrimination and lack of jobs, they were still unequal membersof society.
During World War 1 and 2, more immigrants arrived from Africato fight in the war and from British colonies. However, it was theperiod after WW2, where there was the biggest influx of blackimmigrants. They came from the common wealth countries inthe Caribbean (along with Indians and Pakistanis) after theircountries gained independence.
In the 1970s, 80s and even as recent as 2001, there have beenrace riots in Britain. This has been due to discrimination andpoor living conditions.
In the USA, similar protests took place, with the Civil RightsMovement. They were led by Martin Luther King, whose speechis often quoted ´I have a dream´.
During this month, both African American and Black British iconsare celebrated. These include Rosa Parks, Paul Stephenson,Jesse Owens, Martin Luther King and Barack Obama.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zBg_VN2T0c&feature=relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V57lotnKGF8
Today in Britain, there are many modern icons that people canlook up to.