Race equality and Black history cultural events

    October 2021 is Black History Month. We want to celebrate the achievements and contributions of black people not just in the UK, but throughout the world and to educate all on Black history.

    To join our celebrations, sign up for any of these FREE online events.

    All events will be held online, either via Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

    We are working to develop and promote a full calendar of events that are accessible and informative to residents, schools, academies, our staff and partners to enhance learning and education for all.

    Black History Month events - October 2021


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    Image caption: Image 1: Black Wall Street memorial. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

    The Rise and Fall of Black Wall Street

    Monday 4 October, 6pm to 7.30pm

    Presented by Robin Walker

    Known as America's "Black Wall Street", the Greenwood district in Tulsa, Oklahoma was one of the wealthiest Black communities and home to a prominent concentration of African-American businesses in the United States.

    However, on 31 May and 1 June 1921, mobs of white residents attacked Black residents and destroyed their homes and businesses. The attacks burned and destroyed more than 35 square blocks of the neighbourhood with some members of the mobs deputised and given weapons by city officials.

    Alternatively known as the Tulsa race riot or the Black Wall Street massacre, the event is considered one of "the single worst incidents of racial violence in American history."


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    Image caption: Image 2: Michael Ohajuru

    Art and Reparations

    Thursday 7 October, 6pm to 7.30pm

    Presented by Michael Ohajuru

    Michael Ohajuru is a fellow of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and holds honours degrees in Physics and Art History.

    The session focuses on how the Black Lives Matter movement has impacted, enlivened and refocused the debate on repatriating stolen, sacred African treasures on display in the V&A Museum, British Museum, Wallace Collection and other venues in America and the far east.

    Michael is an art blogger who specialises in the Black African presence in Renaissance Europe in particular the Black Magnus in Adoration images from the period. He regularly writes on these matters and also speaks on those themes at the V&A Museum (where his work is referenced), the British Library and other institutions.


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    Image caption: Image 3: The Kanneh-Mason family

    History of Black Classical Music

    Monday 11 October, 6pm to 7.30pm

    Presented by Robin Walker

    With the success of the Kanneh-Mason family and the rise of the Chineke Orchestra, it is time to review the history of Black people in the world of classical music.

    There were Black composers, conductors, performers and opera divas.

    Robin Walker 'The Black History Man' revisits this history with musical excerpts and great performances. With music from Le Chevalier De St Georges, Florence Price and William Grant Still, this session promises to be a delight for the ear.


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    Image caption: Image 4: Rhiannon Diamond

    A Performance of Classical Music Written by Historical Black Composers

    Thursday 14 October, 6pm to 7.30pm

    Performance by Rhiannon Diamond

    By the age of 12 years old, Rhiannon Diamond had participated in 5 performances in the Royal Albert Hall as well as a tour of Brittany (France).

    Since obtaining her BMus (Hons) degree, Rhiannon has worked as a freelance violinist internationally with companies such as Burberry and Polydor Music, at venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth and Ronnie Scotts, in studios including Elstree Studios and BBC Maida Vale Studios, and in festivals including the EFG London Jazz Festival.

    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. Rhiannon currently teaches violin and viola for the Tri-Borough Music Hub, as well as privately.

    We have the honour of having Rhiannon perform classical music written by historical Black composers.


    Now That's What I Call Music (Music timeline)

    Monday 18 October, 6pm to 7.30pm

    Presented by Simone Ishmael

    With over 20 years experience working in the entertainment industry, Simone aka Monesi LDN brings the vibe to any and all events.

    Last year she smashed the World Dance Fusion Party for Black History Month, which was so good, we had to get her back for a musical journey from the 1960s all the way through to now!

    It's going to be a party and musical mashup, an event not to be missed!


    How to Get Black History Taught Within the National Curriculum

    Wednesday 20 October, 6pm to 7.30pm

    Presented by Robin Walker

    With the rise of Black Lives Matter many have asked a key question: Do we need to decolonise the curriculum to get Black history into schools?

    Robin Walker ‘The Black history man’ says this is not necessary. His presentation will show how it is possible to get real Black history into the classroom all year round and stay within the narrow confines set by Michael Gove.

    The scope is massive. All parents and educators need to see this presentation.


    Adult Learning and Skills Honouring Black History and Culture

    Thursday 21 October, 6pm to 8pm

    Enjoy an evening with the H&F Adult Learning and Skills team and guest speakers.

    Schedule:

    • Welcome message from Kim Smith, chief executive of Hammersmith & Fulham Council
    • Rendition of 'A Change is Gonna Come' by Sam Cooke, performed by Tiwa King
    • Introduction to Black history and culture by esteemed lecturer and author Robin Walker
    • African drumming and dance performance by AkomaAsa Performing Arts Academy
    • Origins of Caribbean cuisine presented by Lynn Fleary and guests
    • Slam poetry written and performed by Careen Lawrence

    The History of Black Children in Barnado Homes

    Friday 22 October, 6pm to 7.30pm

    Presented by Avril Nanton

    Born of Good Intentions: The Life and Times of Black Victorian Children in a Dr Barnardo’s Home

    This presentation looks at the life and times of Black Victorian children who were taken in by Dr Barnardo's, one of the first people to take in Black children during the Victorian era (1863). 

    Why did they end up there? Where were their parents? What happened to the children? Each child is looked at and their life is discussed by historian and tour guide, Avril Nanton.


    The History of Mindfulness and its Origin

    Monday 25 October, 6pm to 7.30pm

    Presented by Karen Mitchell

    Mindfulness is a non-judgmental awareness of the present moment.

    After a few successful wellbeing sessions at H&F, Karen Mitchell has returned to help us to build our resilience and a positive sense of wellbeing. Both of these are tools that can expand the window of tolerance or aid with dealing with life stressors in positive ways.

    Karen is a mindfulness meditation teacher and founder of wellbeing space Omm Office. She has practiced meditation for over 13 years through world-renown meditation communities. She cultivates meditation spaces that are supportive, positive and compassion-based.

    Karen will be providing us with a guided meditation that includes prompts inviting participants to release stress, relax and allow for a sense of ease.

    No prior training is required. There will be a 10 minute introduction followed by Karen’s calming meditation which will last for 40 minutes. After the meditation, there will be around 10 minutes for questions or comments. 

    In addition, Karen will be introducing a class series she is promoting called Black Mindfulness 101. It's an introduction and discourse on mindfulness through the lens of the diaspora, particularly the African diaspora. The course is a celebration and integration of how Black people meditate as compared to western and Asian-based models, which are most routinely discussed in westernised mindfulness spaces.


    The Impact of Climate Change and Race Inequality

    Wednesday 27 October, 6pm to 7.30pm

    Presented by Emily Tulloh, Jessica Chai and guests

    Did you know that Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities are more likely to be exposed to unacceptable levels of air pollution in London? Poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to public health and can be responsible for chronic illnesses such as asthma.

    Emily Tulloh and Jessica Chai, along with special guests, will explore forms of environmental injustice, from air pollution to access to green space. They will also look at the links and show how tackling racial inequality needs to be at the heart of solutions to climate change.


    The UK's Black Civil Rights Movement

    Thursday 28 October, 6pm to 7.30pm

    Presented by Andrew Mohammad

    Andrew Muhammad (aka The Investigator) is one of the UK’s leading Black history and culture specialists. His lively energetic presentations are designed to bring forth history and culture to the spectator allowing for a more enriched awareness of the universal contributions and achievements of a culturally diverse society.

    In this presentation The Investigator will explore the:

    • roots of the UK’s Black civil rights movement starting with 1948 Windrush arrivals
    • origins of the Notting Hill Carnival
    • uprising, protests and demonstrations of solidarity and so much more.

    One not to be missed!!

    This event will be streamed using Zoom and requires advanced registration.

    Register for the UK's Black civil rights movement - you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.


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    For more information or to contact the team email blackhistoryexperience@lbhf.gov.uk

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      Past events

      • Twelve great Africans of the last two hundred years
      • Was slavery a choice? A reply to Mr West
      • Guess who's coming to dinner?
      • Celebrating Black Voices in memory of George Floyd
      • What did Early West Africa contribute to science and technology?
      • George Floyd: A Year On...
      • Q&A session about the impact that George Floyd’s death
      • I can’t breathe: 8 minutes, 46 seconds that changed the world
      • Queens of the Nile and Nigeria

      Quicklinks

      Black History Month Events at the Irish Cultural Centre - link to events page

      The Irish Cultural Centre are holding a number of events to celebrate Black History Month.

      A new short film featuring the awesome Black-Irish Singer Songwriter Jeanette Murphy

      29 October 2021
      Phil Lynott: Songs for while I'm away
      The Feature Documentary, Directed by Emer Reynolds - Irish Cultural Centre

      Artists Corner
      Weekly presentation of images by photographer Franco Chen