MORE than 50 events will take place in Kirklees to mark national Black History Month in October.
Black History Month has been held in Britain every year since 1987.
Black people have lived in Britain since the 16th century and in Kirklees since the 1950s.
This year's theme is Preserving Our Heritage. Local events will highlight the contribution made by black people and communities to the social, economic and cultural life of Kirklees.
Clr Dennis Hullock, the Kirklees Cabinet member responsible for health and social care, said: "Black History Month in Kirklees will provide a wonderful platform on which to build confidence and community cohesion within the whole community.
"We will be able to share our experiences and understanding of African and Caribbean history.
"I'm really pleased that the Gateway To Care support centre for carers is hosting some of the events and activities."
The Kirklees programme is about preserving our heritage, showcasing organisations, recognising talent and highlighting achievements.
Local and national events will include touring exhibitions in schools, community centres and other places.
Consultation events and workshops will be at the Gateway To Care building at 2 Market Street, Huddersfield.
* Black History Month dates from 1926, when it was created by Carter G Woodson, the editor of the Journal of Negro History. He put together a series of African Caribbean events in America. Black History Month is celebrated there every February.
* Black History Month is also about celebrating the work of heroes, such as Mary Seacole (pictured), a black Caribbean nurse who did pioneering work in the Crimean War, and French writer Alexander Dumas, the author of The Three Musketeers.
* It also marks the contribution made by people with a dual heritage, such as Bob Marley. Great composers Haydn and Beethoven were also of African descent.