After the founding of America's Black History Month in 1969, the U.K. followed in 1987, deeming October as the month to revel in all glory that is Black, the Standard reports.

While the U.S. celebrates Black History Month in February, the U.K.'s Black History Month founder, Specials Projects Officer at the Greater London Council Akyaaba Addai Sebo, chose to hold the honor in October as a way to pay homage to the African tradition of leaders settling their differences during this time of year. 

Check out this list of eight Black Britons making history.