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Black History Month

Black History Month

Black History Month (BHM) has been celebrated widely for many years honouring the achievements, culture and the history of black people.

There is a long standing commitment to continue offering the community a vibrant selection of events and activities through programmes that provide insight into the history and culture of the African, Caribbean and diaspora communities.

In the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster,  Black History Month has been recognised for 30 years with a month long programme of exciting and inspirational events and workshops. Every year throughout October people, schools, libraries, groups and organisations host events and get involved with the celebration of black history although many would now be virtual or socially distanced events in this current Coronavirus environment.

What's happening

Here's just a few of the events you can get involved in across London.

Exhibition : Honour, Remember, Inspire  | October 1 - 30 |  Zari Gallery, Fitzrovia 
Zari Gallery is presenting an exhibition featuring black artists in celebration of Black History Month, each artist presenting works with their own story.

Exhibition: Bessie's Wings | October 3- 27 | London City Hall
Art and photography by junior and secondary pupils explores themes of travel, aviation, flight and migration, as well as identity and celebration. It's inspired by the life of Elizabeth ‘Bessie’ Coleman, the first African American female pilot and the first Native American to hold a pilot’s licence.

The Amazing History of Black People in London before 1948 | October 5 | Online
This fascinating presentation by Black History Studies focuses on the hidden history of London and the contributions made by people of African and Caribbean descent to London in the areas of Literature, Politics, Music and Health & Welfare before 1948

When We Ruled: Thousands of Years of a Visible African Heritage | October 8 | Online 
What history did Black People have before the slave trade? What was a typical African city like? What were the public and private buildings? What products did Africans make? Whom did they sell them to? This presentation covers are the Songhai Empire, the Swahili Confederation, the Ancient Nile Valley, and Ancient & Mediaeval Ethiopia. 
Email for your invite.  

A Black History of Afro-Latino Heritage | October 9 | Online
ULatin TV featuring DQTCUK present musical performances, as well as a workshops and dance demonstrations celebrating the intersections of cultural diversity and tradition at their Afro-Latinx Festival.

Exhibition: The Voice Newspaper celebrates 35 years | October 16 - 29 | London City Hall
The Voice Newspaper celebrates 35 years with an exhibition at London City Hall. Touching on politics, sports, entertainment and the arts, this exhibition marks key moments in London’s history as they have unfolded in the pages of the newspaper.

Black Privilege: the other side | October 13 | Free Word Centre
Join author Colin Grant for readings and discussions exploring the perspectives of Black British writers on the stories they choose to tell.

Africa on the Square | October 14 | Trafalgar Square
This major event celebrates the arts and culture of African communities across the continent. Enjoy fantastic entertainment, food, fashion, market stalls and more.

Black Privilege: the other side | October 18 | Free Word Centre
Join author Colin Grant for readings and discussions exploring the perspectives of Black British writers on the stories they choose to tell.

Film Screening: Soul On Ice: Past, Present, & Future | October 21 & 22 | Picture House Central 
Soul on Ice tells the story of the Coloured Hockey League and the history of Black players in ice hockey in the United States and Canada.

Tracing Black & Caribbean ancestors with Paul Crooks  | October 22 & 29 | Online
Expert insights to help your family research covering records specific to African Caribbean research, as well as other materials of more general interest to children of the Windrush Generation. 
Links to book :   Thu, 22 OctoberThu, 29 October

UNSEEN: Reggie Yates in conversation with Clara Amfo | October 26 | Round Chapel, Hackney
Actor and presenter Reggie Yates discusses his first book, Unseen: My Journey - taking us behind the scenes of his story so far.

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