Race equality and Black history cultural events


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Welcome to our Black History Month celebrations. We're working to present a varied calendar of events that reflect on our fantastic Black history that can be appreciated by all.

We want to pay tribute to our Black culture and history all year long. Please check out our Black History 365 webpage for more details.

Events are designed to be both accessible and informative, and suitable for all parts of our community. If you'd like any more information about our efforts to promote our black history locally, please email: blackhistoryexperience@lbhf.gov.uk

Black History Month 2023 events

Launch in Lyric Square

Saturday 30 September, 12pm-5pm, Lyric Square

Kicking off Black History Month with a bang we invite you to join us on Lyric Square on Saturday 30 September. The Black History Month launch will feature a market celebrating local Black history and culture.

There will be a steel band, stands selling Caribbean food, black authors and artisans selling their goods, and historians and council workers on hand to discuss the borough's history and the work the council has – and continues to do – to celebrate it.

Alongside this there will be performances by local artists and footage of the work local schools have been doing for the past year, as well as any archival or film footage on hand.

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Image caption: Image 1: UFO Steel band performing at Windrush 75

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Image caption: Image 2: Shamsa Araweelo

Discussion around Female Genital Mutilation

Join us on Wednesday 27 September, 6.30pm-8pm, as the Experience, Culture and Black History 365 group presents a discussion about female genital mutilation with Shamsa Araweelo.

Shamsa Araweelo is a passionate social activist and a survivor of female genital mutilation (FGM). Shamsa will be speaking about her experience with FGM and this practice.

She's made a significant impact through her social media platforms, reaching 70million people worldwide and educating a range of professionals such as doctors, teachers, and social workers. 

In addition to her online presence, Shamsa provides training for MET police recruits in London and speaks at public events across the country. She's collaborated with the Mayor of London, border control, Home Office and has been featured on the platforms Ladbible and HC Pod with Chuckie.

Mindful Colouring for Adults

Every Wednesday in October, 2.15pm-3.15pm, Shepherds Bush Library

Join us every Wednesday afternoon throughout Black History Month for some mindful colouring sessions featuring notable figures.

Free Guided Walk with Hammersmith BID

Saturday 7 October, 11am, meeting point is West Kensington station

Celebrate the lives of an Independence campaigner, a former president, a jazz singer and entertainer, and an artist’s model on this free guided walk for holders of Hammersmith BID’s free Privilege Card.

Find out more and sign up here.

Inventors’ Craft

Saturday 7 October, 2.30pm-3.30pm, Shepherds Bush Library

Join us as we celebrate Black inventors with an afternoon of craft fun. We will be making traffic lights and mobile phones. For children aged 3-10 years old.

Building Brilliance – Black Britain & the West London Story

Guest Speaker: Diego Ife – Award Winning Author

Tuesday 10 October, 6.30pm-8pm, online

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Image caption: Image 3: Diego Ifé and his book, Ethnic Escapism

Diego Ifé is an avid and enthusiastic writer. Alongside his ongoing PhD Economics commitments, he writes books and blogs which reflect his interests. Through his lifelong pursuit of understanding Black identities and the Black experience in the diaspora, he has developed a strong desire to contribute to the topic.

Diego is inspired by influencing thoughts and opinions on Blackness – historically, presently, and what the future may hold for the diaspora.

In his book Ethnic Escapism and the Black Burden he covers the following: The diaspora's origins – including kidnapping and warfare that led to the Transatlantic Slave Trade; life on the plantation and the creation of creole cultures; Slave Rebellions and Outcomes; Abolition Movements; Return to Africa Movements; Pan-Africanism; 20th Century race politics; the deep relationship between Popular Culture and Black identities; and ultimately what the future holds for the diaspora.

To register your interest please book your place here.

Mini Banjo Craft

Saturday 14 October, 2.30pm-3.30pm, Shepherds Bush Library

Did you know that the banjo roots can be traced back to Africa? Join us as we create our own mini banjos. For children aged 3-10 years old.

African Mask Making

Tuesday 17 October, 3.30pm-4.30pm, Hammersmith Library

Suitable for children aged 3 and above.

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Image caption: Image 4: A girl dances at H&F's Windrush 75 celebrations 2023

Windrush 75 Recap

Tuesday 17 October, 5pm-6.30pm, Riverside Studios

Schools will showcase a series of performances to celebrate and honour the Windrush Generation.

In conversation with Dr Velma McClymont

Thursday 19 October, 6pm-8pm, Shepherds Bush Library

Join Dr Velma McClymont on her London book tour. Velma is a published writer, literary activist, poet, international speaker and the publishing director of Womanzvue - founded in June 2020.

She will be discussing her recent historical novel, Little River (1731-1812), about the Scottish plantocracy in Jamaica.

African Mask Making

Saturday 21 October, 2.30pm-3.30pm, Shepherds Bush Library

Join us as we get creative in an afternoon of fun making African masks. For children aged 3-10 years old.

In Conversation with Kamapala

Tuesday 24 October, 12pm, Hammersmith Library

Join children’s author Kamapala as she talks about her African heritage, the diversity in her books, and performs a reading.

The Other Windrush Story

Guest Speaker: Dr Velma McClymont

Wednesday 25 October, 6.30pm-8pm, online

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Image caption: Image 5: Dr Velma McClymont and her book, Birds in the Wilderness.

Born in rural Jamaica, Dr. Velma McClymont’s first children’s book, Hope Leaves Jamaica (1993), focuses on three children left behind when their parents come to England for “a better break”.

During her talk, she will discuss ‘the other Windrush story’, using her books (Birds in the Wilderness, the sequel to Hope Leaves Jamaica, is set in Battersea in the 1960s)  to explore the emotional impact of migration to an ‘unwelcoming country’, the sense of ‘unbelonging’ and alienation experienced by many children from the British Caribbean during this period of mass migration.

To register your interest please book your place here.

POP Art Craft

Saturday 28 October, 2.30pm-3.30pm, Shepherds Bush Library

Do you love art? We will be spending the afternoon creating pieces of art relating to Barack Obama, Martin Luther King and many more. For children aged 3-10 years old.

Hidden History in the streets of central and west London

Guest Speaker: Tony Warner

Tuesday 31 October, 6.30pm-8pm, online

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Image caption: Image 6: Tony Warner and his book, Black History Walks.

Tony Warner established Black History Walks (BHW) in 2007. BHW explores the thousands of years of African/Caribbean history in London via 15 guided walks, bus tours, river cruises, talks, films and courses.

BHW has featured on BBC, ITV, Arise TV, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Time Out and Channel 4. Tony has written and presented documentaries for Teachers TV. Conde Nast Traveller listed BHW in their Best 15 walks in London in 2018. And in 2011, the Guardian put them in their Top Ten walks.

Tony Warner, author of Black History Walks in London Volume 1, will give a sample of some of the intriguing, unknown and obvious African/Caribbean history in Hammersmith & Fulham and surrounding areas.

We will cover:

  • ancient Africa
  • the Last White Man Standing
  • rivers, religion, and racism
  • the superhero connection
  • Black business success and British civil rights
  • Black Police that changed London
  • Mangrove 9, Diabetes and the USA
  • eugenics and education.

You can sample Tony's bio on the University College London website.

To register your interest please book your place here.

More information

To learn more about our past events, check out our archived race equality and Black history cultural events.

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