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Black History Month 2021 -Key Events

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​This October marks Black History Month, a national celebration which aims to promote and celebrate Black contributions to British society, and to develop a better understanding a Black history in general. The theme for this year is Proud To Be, inviting Black and Brown people of all ages throughout the UK to share what they are proud to be. Black History Month also brings many events from a range of different companies, charities and other providers. We’ve listed some of these below!


‘Big Fat Black History Quiz’ – Launch Event for Black History Month

1st October – 7:30pm

Organised by IBHM Heritage International

Test your knowledge on Black British History in four rounds spanning Black music, general knowledge, key moments in UK Black History, and our Black to Past special round.


Windrush Celebration of Black Heroes and Legacies during Black History Month

1st October – All Day

Location: Battersea Arts Centre

As part of Black History Month and beyond, this project will share the story of the life of John Archer the first black mayor of Battersea (elected 1913), and the first black mayor appointed in London. He was also a black rights civil campaigner and activist for labour rights and other social issues.


Explore Your Nursing Family History for Black History Month

7th October – 6pm

Organised by RCN Library

Join us to find out how to trace your nursing family history. TV director Tim Kirby will describe his work on the BBC documentary Our NHS: A Hidden History. From one file in the National Archives, Tim managed to trace the stories of 30 nurses from Barbados.


A talk with historian Cecelia Hartsell for Black History Month

7th October – 7pm

Organised by Clondalkin Library

A talk with historian Cecelia Hartsell for Black History Month about the construct of race in America, from Juneteenth to George Floyd.


Black History Month: how to make it meaningful in your educational setting

7th October – 7pm

Organised by Alternative Curriculum

Explore and discuss ideas on how to ensure Black History Month is meaningful in your educational setting.


Importance of Black History Month with Debbie Alder

12th October – 2pm

Organised by DPW

Join Debbie Alder, the Director General of People and Capability and colleagues as we reflect on Black History Month and how we can make the Department a diverse organisation


Celebrate Black History Month

12th October – 6pm

Organised by CIPD

An online celebration of Black History Month


Hidden Black History in the Streets of London

14th October – 1pm

Organised by Equinet

A one-hour compilation of aspects of twelve Black History walks across London covering North, South, East and West


Black History Month Theme: ‘Proud to Be’

20th October – 5:30pm

Organised by Hounslow Council

Hounslow Council would like to invite you to celebrate Black History Month with its third sector community groups, residents, and staff.


60 Years On: The legacy of Martin Luther King’s first London sermon

29th October – 2pm

Location: Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church

60 years after Martin Luther King preached his first London sermon, this event explores the ongoing significance of his message for the UK