What is Black History Month North Somerset (BHMNS)?

While many areas in the country have been celebrating BHM for many years, there hasn’t yet been a co-ordinated programme in North Somerset. RENS (Race Equality North Somerset) wanted to get things started and Black History Month North Somerset (BHMNS) is the exciting result.

This site brings together details of events being organised by individuals, groups and organisations as part of Black History Month for North Somerset. The aim is to encourage and enable independent events to be created and delivered by the community which can then be shared and publicised through this website as the basis of a public BHMNS programme.

However, Black History Month North Somerset (BHMNS) isn’t just about the events (although we have some great events planned). It’s about all of us building our knowledge, understanding and awareness of the contributions black people have made in the UK and around the world.

We’re immensely grateful to the support we’ve received from Weston-super-Mare Town Council and North Somerset Council as well as other supporting organisations and businesses, as we work to develop wider acknowledgement and support of Black History Month.

What can I do to celebrate Black History Month?

  • Read a book or watch a film to find out more about Black History.
  • Sign up to our newsletter to recieve updates on events this October.
  • Support an event by attending, participating, hosting or sponsorship.
  • Organise your own event. (RENS can offer community groups the use of The Other Place for free.)
  • Display a Diversity Champion Badge on your social media and website.
  • Spread the word in every way you can.

We hope you’ll share what you discover at one of our discussion events.

What can I do to get involved with the BHM-NS project?

  • Offer some of your time to help keep the exhibition open to visitors or to support a planned event.
  • Offer skills or expertise that you think might be useful in taking the project forward.
  • Join the organising group to help plan for next year! Plans are already underway for more celebrations in North Somerset.

If you’d like to get involved, please do get in touch.