Black History Month

Black History Month

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in the U.S., is an annual observance in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States. It began as a way for remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February, as well as in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Republic of Ireland in October.

We mark the UK Black History Month with these specially selected images recognising black history, arts and culture in Britain and across the rest of the world.

Black farmer in North Carolina.<br/>Photo, July 1939 (Dorothea Lange)<br/>AKG896813
People queuing up in front of a soup kitchen at a flood relief centre. Photo, 1937.<br/>Photo by Walker Evans<br/>AKG1769004
Entrance for African Americans at a cinema in Belzoni, Mississippi, on a Saturday afternoon. Photo, 1939<br/>AKG1042236
Two street musicians playing accordion and washboard in front of a shop near New Iberia, Louisiana. Photo, 1938<br/>AKG1772907
Black farmer, Farm Security Administration borrower, vicinity of Frederiksted, St. Croix Island, Virgin Islands (USA). Photo, December 1941 (Jack Delano)<br/>AKG611675
Soldiers of the 92nd Division practice an attack in a smoke-filled area at Fort McClellan, Alabama. Photo, November 1942<br/>AKG812228
“Saturday night” (young black man in Birmingham, Alabama). Photo, 1940.<br/>AKG296662
Man and woman eating ice cream in a cafe in England. Photo: Leif Geiges,1940<br/>AKG3023023
Presidential Elections on November 3rd, 1964. Voters registering.<br/>AKG285162
The Savoy Ballroom, Lennox Avenue/corner of 140th Street in Harlem. Couples dancing, photo, 1954.<br/>AKG3025534
Dugout on the River Niger near Niamey in Niger (West Africa). Photo, 1964 (Marc Riboud)<br/>AKG37200
Jamaica: Fishermen on the beach. Photo 1948 (Toni Frissell)<br/>AKG268910
Young Ndebele woman carrying branches. Photo, 1953.<br/>AKG290583
A woman with curlers and a boy are looking over the side of a lorry. Photo, 1964<br/>AKG3549641
Calypso Drummer on the beach (Jamaica). Photo, January 1957 (Toni Frissell).<br/>AKG268898
King, Martin Luther Jr,<br/>1929 – 1968, American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.<br/><br/>Martin Luther King giving a speech. Photo, c.1966<br/>AKG21823
Men carrying banner "We March with Selma", with 15,000 people taking part in a protest march in Harlem.<br/>Photo 1965.<br/>AKG1759364
March on Washington, 28 August 1963<br/>(200 000 black and white Americans demonstrate for progressive civil rights). View of the crowd of demonstrators; Washington Monument in the background.<br/>AKG608609
Nelson Mandela an the day of his release (11 February 1990) in the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town. Photo, 12 Feb. 1990 (Paul Weinberg)<br/>AKG825231
Angelou, Maya, 1928 – 2014, American author, poet, dancer, civil rights activist and singer.<br/>AKG2827739
Stevie Wonder live, 1980s <br/>AKG748679
Morrison, Toni (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford),<br/>born 1931, American novelist and professor.<br/>AKG3551712
Jimi Hendrix during a concert at the Berlin Sportpalast. Photo, January 1969<br/>AKG323258