A CELEBRATION of the culture, history and achievements of black communities in Barnsley will take place throughout this month.

Barnsley Council will celebrate Black History Month, which takes place throughout October, and will focus on positive contributions and raise awareness of the challenges faced by black and ethnic minorities in the town.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the events and resources will be available online. These include books and literature written by black authors which will be available at Barnsley Libraries, and blogs from Barnsley Museums to celebrate the historical contributions of black people across the borough.

Coun Alan Gardiner, cabinet spokesperson for core, said: "It's really important that we celebrate and acknowledge Black History Month. Black history is not a taboo subject, and we hope that by providing context, we will help our communities to understand the importance of black contributions in Barnsley.

"We've really spent a lot of time preparing for the month and have worked with community groups to ensure that voices of black people are heard. I would encourage everyone to get involved in the celebrations online using the hashtag #BlackHistoryMonth."

The resources will be available via Barnsley Council's Facebook and Twitter pages.