BARNSLEY Council bosses are ‘proud’ to be celebrating Black History Month along with the rest of the UK.

The month originated in the US in 1976 before being adopted in the UK in October from 1987.

A number of activities will also be hosted in Barnsley to celebrate the month, where the council will share inspirational stories from people in the town.

Coun Jenny Platts, cabinet spokesperson for adults and communities, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Black History Month in Barnsley.

“There has been a lot of media focus on racism and inequality this year and so it provides a great opportunity to really celebrate our black communities, their immense value and share the pride they have in their heritage and culture.

“Black people have contributed so much to the UK and more locally in Barnsley in the past, present and without a doubt, the future.

“These achievements deserve recognition and Black History Month is such a positive way to do it.

“It’s also a great way for us to showcase our inclusivity and ambitions to create welcoming, supportive communities.

“I’m particularly looking forward to reading Barnsley Museums blogs and hearing about the inspirational black people across our borough.”