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News | 05 October 2023

"Saluting Our Sisters" - 4 ways to celebrate Black History Month

Join us in ‘Saluting Our Sisters’ and the #WEMATTER movement in honouring the "Black Women who had contributions ignored, ideas appropriated, and voices silenced."

Drawing inspiration from this year’s theme of “Saluting Our Sisters” we look into practical ways you can further your knowledge and pay homage to the Black Women of history.


Black History Month Adults – Afrori Books LTD Afrori Books has curated a list of excellent reading material for both adults and children. (They are also hosting a family activity day on the 25th of October – 10.30am to 12 noon at the Jubilee Library children’s area (Brighton). Find more details here.)

Listen – Podcasts

  • NPR: Code Switch – “Fearless conversations about race” with “humor and empathy”, Code Switch tackles difficult topics in an inclusive and informative way that invites everyone to be part of the conversation.
  • BBC Witness Black History – Those who were there share their experiences of momentous events in Black history. 
  • Intersectionality matters – Kimberlé Crenshaw is an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar who famously coined the term intersectionality and explores social movements and political issues faced by Black people throughout history. 
  • Black History Year – 2-minute quick snippets of Black history that you weren’t taught in school. 
  • What’s Her Name – Fascinating women you’ve never heard of! Not exclusively focused on Black women but many of the episodes feature silenced women of colour throughout history. 


As part of this month’s events taking place at Jubilee Library (full list here) on the 31st of October you can “Hear from a panel of inspiring local female entrepreneurs who will share their personal business journeys, highlight their achievements as well as the realities of building a business as a Black or racially minoritised woman. We hope this event will applaud individual successes and inspire future generations.” Find out more here. 

Find the full list of BHM events in Brighton here – Brighton and Hove – Black History Month 2023


The grave of Thomas Highflyer lies deep in a leafy corner of Woodvale cemetery on Lewes Road. There are many unanswered questions about how a young African boy, liberated from slavery came to be buried in a graveyard in Brighton in 1870. There are often fresh flowers placed here to honour Thomas and Brighton’s hidden Black History. 

Brighton & Hove Black History | Revealing Brighton and Hove’s hidden past (black-history.org.uk)

To read more about this year’s theme visit the BHM website here.