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Join us to celebrate Black History Month

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October is Black History Month. To celebrate, we’ve organised loads of free activities and events at Hammersmith Town Hall.

And this year, the celebrations will focus on the 70th anniversary of the arrival of Caribbean migrants who came to the UK on the Empire Windrush ship.

“African and Caribbean communities have contributed so much to shape the community and culture of H&F,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council.

“We want to show how much we value that – just like we value all the communities which make H&F the diverse, vibrant place it is. Please join us.”

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Image caption: Image 2: Mark and Charmaine Simpson

Black History Month is Britain’s biggest celebration of the African and Caribbean communities.

H&F Council and Unison Black Workers present:

The History of Black Londoners from the 16th Century to the Windrush Generation of 1948

Thursday 4 October 2018
Courtyard room, Hammersmith Town Hall

Presentation by Mark and Charmaine Simpson

Join us for this Black History Month presentation, which highlights the invaluable input people of African and Caribbean descent have provided to London, from the 16th Century to the Windrush Generation of 1948.

Mark and Charmaine Simpson are husband and wife co-founders of Black History Studies, a social enterprise company whose mission is to inform, inspire and empower people through Black History and by educating the community to educate themselves.

Black Statues around London

Friday 12 October 2018
Courtyard room, Hammersmith Town Hall

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Image caption: Image 3: Avril Nanton

Presentation by Avril Nanton

At this presentation you’ll learn all about the Black statues that can currently be found in London.

Your presenter, Avril Nanton, has a passion for Black history in London, and this ‘virtual walk’ will take you through you some of the statues around London that represent the Black community's contribution to London and the UK.

Classical concert: from Chopin to Bob Marley and Aretha Franklin

Thursday 18 October
Mayor’s Foyer, Hammersmith Town Hall

By the age of 12 years old, Rhiannon Dimond had participated in five performances at the Royal Albert Hall. She is the proud Youth Ambassador for the company Black Women in Arts and is now the leading violinist of Tomorrow's Warrior's String Ting – the only exclusively-jazz string quartet in the country and one of the few in the world.

Join us at Hammersmith & Fulham’s Mayor’s Foyer where Rhiannon will lead a trio of performers with a tribute to of light contemporary music from Chopin to Bob Marley and Aretha Franklin.

70 Years of Black British Music

Thursday 25 October
Courtyard room, Hammersmith Town Hall

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Robin Walker, author of When We Ruled, is the foremost historian and writer on all matters related to ancient and medieval African history.

Robin will present an engrossing multi-media presentation of 70 eventful years of Modern Black British Heritage. This fun and interactive session will give you the opportunity to learn how Black British Music evolved from Calypso to Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Lovers Rock, British Soul, Jungle, UK Garage, and Grime.

Help for the Windrush Generation

If you or someone you know is one of the Windrush Generation who had their documents lost, you can find support from Age UK Hammersmith & Fulham.

Email Derec Craig at or call him on 020 7386 9085 to find out more.

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