Southampton celebrates Black History Month

Published: 1st October 2015

Published by City College Southampton

City College Southampton was awashed with music and celebration on Thursday, October 1 as it launched Black History Month in the city.

The event, held in the hub, celebrated black history and culture in the city through music, poetry and the spoken word.

Stephanie Pitter, a campaigner fighting for Black History to be taught in schools across the UK, gave a keynote speech about the importance of teaching young children about other cultures.

Other guests at City College’s Black History Month celebration included singers Ebony G and Olu and ‘The Poetic Lawyer’ David Neita, who gave a special reading.

The event also featured exhibitions from Hampshire Police, Ethnic Inclusive Network, Radian, Spectrum and Hampshire Fire Service.

Principal, Sarah Stannard, said: “Black History Month is an important date in Southampton’s calendar and we are proud to be at the epicentre of celebrations each year as we host the very important launch event.

“Southampton is a city rich in diverse cultures and we are looking forward to celebrating that with a day of music, poetry and insightful talks.”

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Black History Month, led by Don John and organised in partnership with Jayanti Shah, aims to promote knowledge of black history and experience. It disseminates information on positive black contributions and to heighten the confidence and awareness of black people in their cultural heritage.

To find out more about Black History Month, visit