New RTÉ series to highlight Black History Month

by Rachel Cunningham
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The first of October marked the start of this year’s Black History Month in Ireland, writes Rachel Cunningham.

This annual celebration highlights the importance and achievements of the black community.

RTÉ is launching a new six-part series ‘Black History Lessons’, which will explore black history through the stories of influential figures, key historical moments and stories from the black community.

Hosted by Leon Diop, Femi Bankole, Amanda Ade and Boni Odoemene, the minds behind the Black and Irish community, including the popular Instagram account and the RTÉ podcast, the show will provide an insightful deep dive into black history, covering everything from the history of certain hairstyles to Frederic Douglass and his time in Ireland.

The first episode will be hosted by Leon Diop, from Tallaght, as he explains the importance of Black History Month, its origins and  how the people of Ireland can join in over the course of this month.

To learn more about the hosts, you can @black_andirish on Instagram.

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