Black history month celebrated in event hosted by city cultural group

Adewunmi Jaiyeola, chairperson of The MK Melting Pot
Adewunmi Jaiyeola, chairperson of The MK Melting Pot

Black History Month will be celebrated in Milton Keynes as the country marks the contribution of African and Caribbean people in Britain.

The event, held every October, showcases the positive influence of past and present black communities across British society.

Adewunmi Jaiyeola, chairperson of The MK Melting Pot, said: “There will be an incredibly varied host of activities and events throughout the month of October around Buckinghamshire and other parts of the country. “The MK Melting pot is a community group seeking to engage communities within Milton Keynes in activities aimed at empowering them to develop their potentials. We celebrate cultures and promote their values; raise awareness of the needs and aspirations of communities enabling them to fully integrate into their localities.”

This year the group will be holding an event to celebrate the BHM, funded and supported by MK Community Foundation, at Springfield Community Centre, Springfield Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK7 6NP on Saturday, October 31, from noon until 5pm and all are welcome.

The overall aim of the event is to heighten awareness and promote knowledge of black history and experience and acknowledge the contributions made by people of African and Caribbean people to the cultural, economic and political life in the UK.

According to Dr John Henrik Clarke, one of the greatest black historians of our time, said: “History is a clock that people use to tell their time of day. It is a compass that they use to find themselves on the map of human geography. It also tells them where they are and what they are. Most importantly, an understanding of history tells a people where they must still go and what they must still be.”