Originating in the US in 1926 and created by historian Carter G. Woodson, the celebration was to give recognition to the importance of black history and the contributions to society.
Since 1987 the UK has celebrated annually with a month-long (October) honouring of black history - sharing, celebrating, and understanding the importance and impact black heritage and culture has on our society.
An ally is someone who supports, empowers, or stands up for another person or a group of people.
If you support equality and the fair treatment of people of all ethnicities, backgrounds and religions, then you are an ACE ally.
We are proud to be stronger together - this means becoming the best allies that we can be with each other. Sharing stories, educating and understanding each and every colleague with the help of our ACE Network.
It is a vital part of the Travis Perkins work culture to help colleagues with training to learn more about equality, diversity and human rights. We work as part of a diverse team, so promoting equal opportunities and the importance of allies in the workplace is of paramount importance to all of us.
Watch the below videos from colleagues across the Group telling us who their heroes are from black history, and what the month means to them.