Tiemo Black History Month 31 Day Challenge

To mark the start of Black History Month Tiemo are setting a 31 Day Tiemo Black History Challenge to help people celebrate each and every day of Black History Month 2016.

This exciting, brand new concept involves highlighting an African-Caribbean figure, organisation or institution that we want people to learn about and remember. It would be great to focus on it from a Black British perspective but it can be as global as people like.

To remember the living will be important too, so we will not solely focus on historical figures.

We’ll start of with the Smithsonian Institution’s brand new exhibition:

A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond –  A People’s Journey – A Nation’s Story

@ The African American History and Culture Museum, Washington DC, USA

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture was opened just 1 week ago, 24th September 2016, by President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, along with former President George Bush. I firmly believe it will prove to be an immensely important contribution to the understanding of African-American history and be vital for raising not only the knowledge of but cultural self-esteem of African-Americans.

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt

This exhibition illustrates the impact of African Americans on life in the United States—social, economic, political, and cultural—from the death of Martin Luther King Jr. to the second election of President Barack Obama. Subjects include the Black Arts Movement, hip-hop, the Black Panthers, the rise of the black middle class and, more recently, the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

This exhibition encompasses several sections focusing on the Black Power era of the 1960s and ’70s, Black Studies at universities, racial dynamics in cities and suburbs, and the changing role of the black middle class. The year 1968 is seen as a turning point in the modern struggle for freedom and equality with artifacts such as painted plywood panels from Resurrection City, a “Huey Newton, Minister of Defense” poster, and handmade banners from the 2008 presidential election.

Each day Tiemo will add a new contribution and if you are interested I encourage you to do the same as well as nominate one friend each day to take up this exciting and brand new challenge. This can be done via social media, email or any other method you choose. However you do it, simply getting involved is the main thing. The main purpose is to educate, learn and inspire other people as well as yourself.

This will be a lot of fun and we are sure you can learn so much yourself from taking part. 

Please spread the word. Feel free to post your daily contributions on the blog so others can learn about the people, organisations or institutions you choose to highlight. 

© Tiemo Talk of the Town



  1. A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond 
  2. Black History Walks – Films, Talks, Walks and various events
  3. Althea Gibson – Tennis champion – Tiemo review of Althea Gibson documentary – 24th September 2016


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3 Responses to Tiemo Black History Month 31 Day Challenge

  1. Tiemo says:

    Day 2 – Marcus Garvey

    Marcus Garvey was a proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, inspiring the Nation of Islam and the Rastafarian movement.

    He was an orator for the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements. Garvey advanced a Pan-African philosophy which inspired a global mass movement, known as Garveyism.

    Born in Jamaica, Marcus Garvey was an orator for the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. Garvey advanced a Pan-African philosophy which inspired a global mass movement, known as Garveyism. Garveyism would eventually inspire others, from the Nation of Islam to the Rastafari movement.

    In 1928, Garvey created the People’s Political Party (PPP) which was Jamaica first modern political party and the first to defend the interests of the Black majority. The party’s manifesto called for official representation in the British Parliament, a minimum wage, land reform, a Jamaican university, judicial reform, a government-run electrical system, public high schools and libraries and a National Opera House.

    “Hungry men have no respect for law, authority or human life.”
    Marcus Garvey

    Source: Biography

    Link: Black History Studies – 25 Facts About Marcus Garvey

  2. Tiemo says:

    Day 4 includes two nominees both from the world of British sport to include day 3’s candidate.

    * Daley Thompson CBE winner of two Olympic gold medals in the decathlon in 1980 and 1984 making him one of Britain’s greatest Olympians. Daley Thompson profile – British Athletics.

    * Laurie Cunningham – Only the 2nd Black footballer to play for England and one of three top black players to play for West Bromwich Albion in the 1970’s. Progressed his career to play for Real Madrid. Blue plaque for Laurie Cunningham – The Guardian.

  3. Tiemo says:

    Day 5 – Spike Lee. Ground breaking, proud African-American film maker and story teller. Brought us hit movies such as ‘Do The Right Thing’ (1989) and ‘Jungle Fever’ (1991) Profile Spike Lee – Biography

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