Looking back at the voices of change and power as we celebrate Black History Month in Sheffield

October is Black History Month in the UK and it's been celebrated nationwide every year for nearly 40 years, so we have delved into the archive to pull in pictures of Sheffield’s great and good going back to 1999.

Thursday, 1st October 2020, 2:18 pm
Who can you spot in these pictures which go back to 1999?
Who can you spot in these pictures which go back to 1999?

This month was originally founded to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to this country over many generations.

Now, Black History Month has expanded to include the history of not just these cultures but all black people in general so take a look at these pictures and see who you can spot.

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South Yorkshire black police association chair Bill Thomas at the launch of the association at the Niagra Sports ground ,Wadsley, Sheffield in 1999

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At the 2001 Sheffield multilingual conference at Sheffield Hallam University's Pennine Lecture were, left to right, from Black Card Zahid Hamid, Evelyn Milne, head of Sheffield council regeneration partnership, chief executive of Sheffield chamber of commerce Nigel Tomlinson and from the university of Bangor Keith Marshall. Theatre
Having a go on the hoopla in aid of the children's project at the black women's resource centre are, left to right, Sharon Brown, Naoimi Coldwell, 6 , Kamara Thomas, 9 and Shannel Johnson. Picture taken at the 2001 Sheffield multi-cultural festival, Abbeyfield Park
Donna Lineham left of Sheffield Black Drug Service with team members Rifhat Aziz centre and Barbara Hyman in 2001
The launch of Drug Aware at the Millennium Galleries in 2002 l to R Donna Linehan, Manager Sheffield Black Drugs service and Drug Aware team Aziz Muthana, Rifhat Aziz, Nabiel Nagi, Lee Wisdom Zahra Abdullah and Carol Anderson
Poet Valerie Bloom, who performed her poetry in Black History Month at Firth Park Community College in 2002, pictured with Gary Thompson
Dance group Siyaya took Black History Month celebrations into Firth Park Community College in 2002. Deana Kemp and Roxanne Talbot are pictured back row (left to right) getting some tips on how to play the drums from Tawanda Moyo of Siyaya and Jerome Whyte (both front row)
Abdulhakim Wais (centre, front row) and Nigel Tomlinson (far right, front row) pictured with other members of the Sheffield Black Minority and Ethnic Business Forum in 2003
Ethiopian poet Lemn Sissay pictured during a reading at the Porter Crof Primary school as part of their Black History Week in 2003
Hakim Wais, chairman of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce's Black and Minority Ethnic Business Forum pictured in 2003
Young people are pictured with awards, presented at an event organised by Sheffield Futures to mark Black History Month in 2004
Community members are pictured with awards presented at an event organised by Sheffield Futures to mark Black History Month in 2003
Sheffield Chamber of Commerce's new Black and Ethnic Minority Business Forum Co-ordinator, Bernadette Grocock pictured in 2005
Left, Iona Wynter and Daina Stewart of the Black Palm mentoring project, pictured at their office at Washington Road, Sharrow in 2006
Coun Jillian Creasy with James Kazadi of SHEBEEN (Sheffield Black & Ethnic Minority Envionmental Network). Pictured at St Mary's Community Centre in 2007
Ishaaq Heywood and Jarvis Salmon with some of the old football pictures that will be used in an exhibition about black football in Sheffield in 2009
Members of the Sheffield Black and Ethnic Minority Enviromental Network took part in a project to encourage more people from ethnic minorities to enjoy open spaces. They helped with clearing woodland at Kiveton Park to allow wild flowers to grow, with tuition from the Forestry Commisions Dougie MacTaggart in 2009
Maxwell A. Ayamba (second from right) of Sheffield Black and Ethnic Minority Environmental Network (SHEBEEN) South Africa in 2009 on a British Council Leadership Programme planting a tree with the Mayor of Cosmo City Extension 4 (middle in black) and two South African British Council Staff (left) and a Food and Trees for Africa project worker (right)