Black History Month 2021 - Proud To Be...

As part of the council's Black History Month (BHM) celebrations this October, local primary schools are entering an exciting art competition with the winning work set to be displayed at the Howard Centre in Welwyn Garden City.

Black History Month

The competition, based on this year's BHM theme of 'Proud To Be...', will contain both individual and class submissions and include drawings, paintings, collages, and mixed media pieces.

Alongside the winners' work, other impressive submissions will also be exhibited in the windows of the old Dorothy Perkins unit in the Howard Centre between 4-31 October, framed by BHM-inspired borders from window illustrator, 'Paint Party by Rachel'.

Councillor Tony Kingsbury, Leader of the Council, said


"Celebrating Black History Month is a way of acknowledging and understanding the lives, achievements and historical contributions of black people around the world and across Welwyn Hatfield; as well as expanding our depth of knowledge.

"The art competition is a fantastic way of getting the Welwyn Hatfield community involved and encouraging them to learn more about the people who live and work within the borough."


Carley Beck, Centre Manager at The Howard Centre, said


"Community is at the heart of everything we do at the centre and we're proud to be supporting Welwyn Hatfield Council on showcasing the art from our local primary schools on such an important topic."

Throughout October there will be a variety of content across the council's social media channels, recognising and celebrating the accomplishments throughout history of both famous and lesser-known black individuals - and the council has even changed the logo of its news and events website, ONE Welwyn Hatfield ( for the month.