Black History Month

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.

One thought on “Black History Month

  1. Anita O'Brien says:

    Rosie Lee Tomkins was a great textile artist who deserves to be far better known. I am very pleased that Youngish Quilters will be discovering her work – but really everyone who receives this e-newsletter should be discovering it.
    I am disappointed that Black History Month feature is somewhat sidelined by being buried in the Youngish Quilters section which many adult members may not click on, rather than a feature on the main page.
    I look forward to seeing what other Black quilters/textile artists are featured and hope that at least some of the them are from the UK. In the light of recent events it would be great if the Guild could commission one or more pieces which reflect the history, experiences, traditions and techniques of Black British quilters and add it to the Guild’s collection.


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