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