How we’ve ensured that Black History Month has the coverage it deserves

In an industry that has been far too slow to change, we’re passionate about providing opportunities for Black journalists to thrive, writes Kuba Shand-Baptiste

Thursday 15 October 2020 11:25 BST
Our Black in Britain series will be varied and educational
Our Black in Britain series will be varied and educational

Celebrating Black History Month has always been important. But with this year’s events waking more people up than usual to just how vital it is that the UK recognises not only Black history but also the roles we should all play in eradicating anti-Blackness, it makes sense that there’s more fanfare than usual around the 33-year-old annual observance.  

After a summer of Black Lives Matter protests and continued outspokenness from Black public figures and everyday people, the urgency of the need to do better has never been clearer. And this month, that includes making sure the content we focus on throughout Black History Month is as varied and interesting as it should be.  

The Independent has run a number of excellent pieces in past celebrations of Black History Month but there’s no denying that, in a general sense across many sectors in the UK, coverage can often appear stale, rushed and ill-considered.  

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