Black History Month

Black History Month began as a way of remembering significant and influential contributions made by people of African & Caribbean heritage.

It's an incredible opportunity to celebrate the beauty of diversity – to celebrate men and women who have shown, and still show, integrity, determination and leadership in every sphere of life. Through October 2022, at KingsGate, we took a step of  intentionality in building our unity of faith and collectively celebrating one another. In joining with Black History Month nationally, we want to commit to being part of a larger vision of unity and diversity. We want to continue to grow and learn together.

It is such a good thing to do, to have a time and a season to stand with those amongst us who have faced, and are still facing, challenges in terms of racism. So, have a look at the resources and watch the stories of a few of our people as they share some of their heritage and journeys.

The Lord is good!

prayer points

As part of our Black History Month celebrations, here are some things we can all be praying for:

"Black history in Britain goes as far back as it’s possible to go. Children growing up in modern Britain should know their true history, and whether they are black, brown or white, black history is part our of national story."

– Arike Oke / Managing Director, Black Cultural Archives

 

Here are a couple of places to start if you want to find out more about Black History Month.

  blackhistorymonth.org.uk

  ibhm-uk.org

"After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no-one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb."

– Revelation 7:9

stories

  • Fadzie

    We spoke to Fadzie, one of our KingsGate Leicester members. She was born in the UK but spent six years of her childhood in Zimbabwe and many of her family live there. She told us how aspects of her upbringing & heritage have shaped who she is today - respect, hospitality, family and faith.


  • Syd and Babs

    We spent some time with Syd and Babs from Barbados, part of our KingsGate Peterborough campus. They emigrated to the UK in the early 1960s to work in nursing and transport. They've seen a lot of change in this country over the last few decades and feel very hopeful for the future.


  • Ayanfe

    We met up with Ayanfe who moved to the UK from Nigeria when she was a young girl. We talked about how the values of faith and education have been instilled in her through her culture and family. She's looking forward to the impact she can make as she looks to the future.


  • Igor, Jess & Irina

    These three siblings were fun to film - they're a tight knit family. We talked about their grandparents, their Angolan and Portuguese heritage, challenges they've experienced (and still face today), and something of their hope for the future.