Black History Month (BHM) was first launched in the USA in February 1970. However, the precursor to BHM called ‘Negro History Week’ started in February 1926 thanks to the inspiration of Carter G Woodson (known by many as the ‘Father of Black History’.
BHM started in the UK in October 1987. In this month people in the UK annually recognise, share and celebrated African and Caribbean history and culture. It’s a time also to consider the significant contributions made by black people to world development. This year we at Perry Rise Baptist Church (PRBC) have been sharing some aspects of Black history during each of the weekly services in October. The fellowship was able to experience slide shows and presentations about the different aspects.
Normally PRBC would have a BHM display in the entrance foyer for everyone to explore but Covid 19 has made that inappropriate this year. Not wanting to miss the opportunity to explore black history at our own leisure, we have decided to create a display on our website. This display is based on the materials used in the presentations and slide slows which were used during the October services and we trust that you will find it informative and helpful.
Weekly service content
- Week 1: Introduction to Black History Month
- Week 2: Week 2 Great African Civilizations (PDF 1.2mg)
- Week 3: The presence of Black people in the UK (PDF 450kg)
- Week 4: “Black British Firsts” (PDF 1.9mg)
Display slide show
Black History Month quiz
Statement from Perry Rise regarding George Floyd
The Leadership Team at Perry Rise Baptist Church are deeply saddened by the brutal killing of a Black Man (George Floyd) at the hands of White Police Officers in America.
The tragedy has emphasised the stark realities of racism and inequalities in our world. During the lockdown period (sparked by COVID-19) peoples’ eyes were opened to the true realities of black peoples’ daily struggles.
As we look outwards at what has taken place, each of us also need to look inwards, to challenge ourselves to ensure that we are always part of the solution by reaching out to those around us, challenging inequality, being respectful and empowering one another regardless of ethnicity.
We support the Black Lives Matter movement and believe that black people should be able to live and breathe equally. There is no place for racial injustice in our Church or society in the 21st century and we wholeheartedly condemn racism and inequality of all kinds.
Sincere condolences to George Floyds family, and other families who have lost loved ones, due to society’s injustice. May they all rest in eternal peace.
1 Corinthians 13:6-7 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
The following link takes you to the BMS World Mission’s ‘Black Lives Matter statement’.
Leadership Team and Rev Margaret
Message from the Baptist Union
The Baptist Union have made a number of responses and commitments on the death of George Floyd.
The inhumane and merciless brutality demonstrated towards George Floyd at the end of May 2020 was an appalling act of injustice. Baptists Together hold a common value; that we are a Movement which shares a hunger for God’s coming Kingdom and seeks to confront evil, injustice and hypocrisy and challenges worldly attitudes to power, wealth, status and security both within and beyond our Union.
Take some time to read the Baptist Union responses on their website.