Black History Month London - Top 4 must-do's in 2019!

Black History Month London – Top 4 must-do’s in 2019!

“The theme of this year’s Black History Month is RID the stigma,” 

October marks Black History Month, the annual commemoration of the history, achievements and contributions of black people in the UK. It is a main event across the country with London taking the reigns for some of the best events and shows available.

What is Black History month?

Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It is since celebrated in many countries across Europe during October, including Ireland and the Netherlands with the UK of course being one of them.

Black History Month was first celebrated in the United Kingdom in 1987 and was organised through the leadership of Ghanaian analyst Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, who had served as a coordinator of special projects for the Greater London Council (GLC) and created a collaboration to get it underway.

How it started?

US-born Carter Godwin Woodson, a historian and co-founder of the “Association for the Study of Negro Life and History” (now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History), from Virginia is credited with being the “father of black history”.

In February 1926, Woodson and his organisation launched “Negro History Week”, a precursor to Black History Month.

We advise you take the time to do research into your origin and backgrounds or find out more about black people who have made a difference to the country and spend a day learning more about the UK Black history.

So let’s have a look at our favoured (And which of course we are attending) Top 4 events this month taking place in London to remember the “forgotten ones” who helped make Britain the powerhouse it is today.

Top 4 ways to mark Black History Month in 2019

  • Death of a Salesman – Piccadilly theater: Explore the link between sound and visual art at this seven day show from the House of African Art, a UK-based platform for the promotion of contemporary African art. Discover fantastic, unique art-works from the likes of Euan Roberts, Derrick Ofosu Boateng and Emmanuel Unaji, speak to music psychology experts and enjoy a dance to soul, electronica and spoken word.

    Available at Piccadilly Theatre on 23 October 2019. Click here to book

  • Jeffrey Boakye & Nels Abbey in Conversation in Queen Elizabeth Hall: Join renowned writers and cultural commentators Jeffrey Boakye and Nels Abbey as they dissect, satirise and share their thoughts on contemporary British culture, attitudes and roots.

    The Queen Elizabeth Hall (Lambeth), various prices, 1-7 October. Click here to book

  • Black Girl Fest: The festival celebrating black women and girls returns for its second outing. Through a curated range of talks, workshops and performances, Black Girl Fest champions diversity and inclusivity. Black women and girls who can’t afford ticket, can claim a free one — details here.Business Design Centre (Islington), tickets from £14.46, 12 October. Click here to book.
  • House of African Art – Copeland Gallery: Explore the link between sound and visual art at this seven day show from the House of African Art, a UK-based platform for the promotion of contemporary African art. Discover fantastic, unique art-works from the likes of Euan Roberts, Derrick Ofosu Boateng and Emmanuel Unaji, speak to music psychology experts and enjoy a dance to soul, electronica and spoken word.

    The Copeland Gallery (Peckham), various prices, 1-7 October. Click here to book

Many people say that it’s important to celebrate for those who helped to shape the UK and remind everyone that some of the first Briton skeletons to be found was that of the Cheddar Man who had dark skin.

We salute the cause and look forward to your events being added to our list.

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