Prime Minister David Cameron has said he is delighted to support the 26th anniversary of Black History Month.
A series of events are being held throughout the UK to celebrate the achievements, culture and history of African-Caribbean people in the country.
In a message to the Official Black History month magazine, Mr. Cameron said: “Coming in the same year as the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech it is fitting that this year’s themes are social mobility and young people.”
“Half a century on from that historic and inspiring speech we, as a nation, must ensure that young people, regardless of their ethnicity or background, have the opportunity to reach their full potential,” Mr. Cameron said. “I passionately believe that everyone should have a fair chance at life in Britain today. We are in a global race and we need to nurture all our brightest and best talent so that we can succeed as a nation.”
He praised the talents of Britons of African-Caribbean heritage, saying the young entrepreneurs and businessmen and women from the community are spearheading UK’s economic recovery at the ground level.
“It’s no surprise that over a third of all new business set up under our Start Up loans initiative in the past 12 months have come from black minority ethnic entrepreneurs,” Mr. Cameron said.
As UK also marks the 65th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948, Mr. Cameron paid tribute to the Windrush generation and praised “their fortitude and determination in overcoming those unjust hardships and challenges.”
He went on to say that “Those early migrants did so much for our country, and paved the way for their children and subsequent generations to make enormous contributions to Britain in the 21st century.”
The prime minister wished all taking part in “fantastic events up and down the country all the best.”