With Black History month over, we reflect on African imagery and symbols that remind us of the importance of learning from our history. Our chosen symbol is from the Akan tribe from Ghana. The symbol referred to as “Sankofa,” translates to “go back for it.”
Living in a multicultural society such as the United Kingdom, it is easy to forget the values and contributions that each cultural group has brought to make our country great. Unfortunately, even though great strides have been made to celebrate differences and encourage equality and inclusion, many young people from Black ethnic backgrounds are faced with what we term "an identity crisis," which has come about because of their lack of knowledge of their history and limited access to positive role models within their communities they can aspire to be like. Instead, they are influenced by a society that labels them as non-achievers or not fit to move up the social ladder.
To us at Eagle London Agency, celebrating Black History Month is as important as the "Sankofa" symbol which reminds us always of the importance of celebrating our History. We believe that by learning about our heritage and celebrating the achievements black people, both past and present have made in all sectors across the world, our black youth will be motivated to go for the dreams. Ultimately, being knowledgeable and proud of our Black history, will help us to educate and inspire people from other backgrounds to better understand and appreciate black people.
We celebrate Historian Carter G. Woodson for establishing black history week in the United States in February 1926, and our very own Ghanaian born Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, a former special projects officer at the Greater London Council, who founded the UK version of Black History Month in 1987. Through their initiatives, Black history month has become an annual celebration on the national calendars of the USA and the UK. To continue their efforts, we encourage Black people to normalise the celebration of their heritage beyond Black History months.