Black History Month was originally created by a group of black students in the 1970s in the USA (where BHM is held in February). It was first celebrated in the UK in 1987 and has taken place every year since, each October. The annual event celebrates and commemorates the achievements of Black people over many generations. People from different backgrounds come together to recognise these positive contributions. Over the course of this month we will be highlighting the work of some truly amazing black quilters, stitchers, communities and cultures.
Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled, 1991; quilted by Irene Bankhead, 1991; velvet, velveteen, velour, and cotton backing; 73 x 67 in.; BAMPFA, Bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Ben Blackwell.