Black History Month - a message from the Mayor

01 October 2016

Black History Month is a brilliant opportunity to celebrate the huge contribution our communities have made to our city. Throughout October I’ll be joining Londoners from all backgrounds at events across our city.

Here at City Hall, we’re doing more than any Mayor has done before. We’re hosting an amazing programme of African culture, including:

  • a photographic exhibition with English Heritage, showing where notable black men and women have lived in the city
  • a special production of King Lear
  • a performance from the Black Heroes Foundation
  • a visit to the wonderful Black Cultural Archives in Brixton

We’re also putting on our third Africa on the Square celebration, in Trafalgar Square on 16 October. Bringing thousands of Londoners and visitors to the capital, it has an incredible line-up inspired by the traditions and cultures of the African continent. There’s everything from live music and DJs to dancing, an African market, food stalls, fashion and more.

I believe that celebrations like Black History Month, Ramadan and Diwali are a great way to bring communities together. They help strengthen the social fabric that makes London such a unique city. They help show the world that #LondonIsOpen too. Here, we don’t just tolerate each other’s differences, we respect and celebrate them. For me, that’s what Black History Month is all about.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London


Find out about Black History Month events happening in London


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