Black History Month
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Black History Month Events

Free (booking required for some events)

Come and enjoy a range of events celebrating Black History Month. Events are taking place in various locations, including Trafalgar Square and at City Hall. It's a great opportunity to engage with the community, learn about its history and listen to stories, conversations and panel discussions. 

In Conversation with Amma Asante

Wednesday 12 October

London Living Room, City Hall, SE1 2AA

In conversation with Amma Asante MBE, a British film director and writer who produced the historical feature film including Belle. Hosted by Cherrelle Skeete.

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Women in Media and Fashion Panel Talk

Thursday 18 October

Chamber, City Hall, SE1 2AA

Come along and hear from someone who has first-hand experience in the world of media and fashion. Talking through all the barriers they themselves have faced but also how they have met those challenges head on. There will be an opportunity to network with other like-minded people and hear lots of other stories of how young BAME people are creating their own pathways and along the way creating an industry more open to diversity, change and innovation.

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BAME Care Leavers Round table

Thursday 25 October 

Chamber, City Hall, SE1 2AA

Join the Peer Outreach team as they hold a roundtable event to discuss the challenges experienced by BAME care leavers.

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Dreams and Legends... In Conversation with Celebrating Black Women in the NHS

Friday 26 October

Conference Room 5, City Hall, SE1 2AA

The Staff BAME Networks is a group of staff Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic staffs from across the UK, and a range of organisations, such as the NHS, and Research institutions, who network and organise together to provide an atmosphere that allows our membership to reach their full potential, free from discrimination or prejudice. The Network provides a safe place for all staff who self-define as BAME to discuss and resolve our challenges, as well as acknowledging our successes and achievements as BAME professionals.

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London's Great Women of Colour

Tuesday 30 October

London Living Room, City Hall, SE1 2AA

To provide an evening of recognition, learning, celebration during the month of Black History. Supporting the Mayor’s 2018 #BehindEveryGreatCity theme, Recognising and celebrating “London’s Great Women of Colour “ Fund raising for celebration of the great show “Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame” as part of the 5 Year Memorial for Flip Fraser. To take place in October 2019, at Hackney Empire, the home of “Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame.

For more information contact: Joyce Fraser | 07786 435465 | [email protected]

Dance at the Africa Centre

Friday 9 November 

The African Centre, 66 Great Suffolk St, London SE1 0BL

‘Twerking’: origins, appropriation and empowerment with Award winning dance teacher Kelechi Okafor, her work has been described as inspiring and empowering. This session will be an opportunity learn about this form of dancing.

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Made by History... Essay Competition

Friday 12 November 

Chamber, City Hall, SE1 2AA

The Voice Newspaper presents.... The Made by History competition is the Voice’s annual Black History Month event which aims to aid students in their study of history and connect them with icons of the present and past through unassisted research and a journey of self-discovery.   

This year the focus will be on the Windrush Generation; students will be asked to either write a poem, interview a member of the Windrush Generation, or give their personal view on the contribution of the Windrush Generation to UK society.

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Commemorating African Jubilee Year 1987-88 30 years!

Monday 26 November

Committee Room 5, City Hall, SE1 2AA

The concept of Black History Month (BHM) is embedded within the British cultural calendar. But how many know the history of how it came about? Or that BHM is the legacy of African Jubilee Year 1987-88 (AJY)?

The African Jubilee Year Declaration event commemorates AJY by giving the back story from the Greater London Council to LSPU (London Strategic Policy Unit) through a presentation by history consultant Kwaku, and contributions by some of the key people who contributed towards shepherding the AJY concept to fruition.