Black History Month 2021

Thursday, 14th October 2021

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Friday October 15
The Black History Truth: Argentina. Join traveller and author Pamela Gayle in a discussion about her book, which seeks to uncover Argentina’s hidden black history. 2-4pm. Woolwich Centre Library, 35 Wellington Street, London SE18 6HQ. 020 8921 5750. Free but book via

Saturday October 16
Some of Us Are Brave. Until October 30, Caroline Chinakwe of Camden Black Creatives is among those featured in this exhibition celebrating often overlooked black women artists. Stratford Library, The Grove, London E15 1EL. Tel 020 3373 0826 for opening hours. Free but book via

Monday October 18
We Were Here. Until November 5, exhibition celebrating the lives of history-making black individuals over the centuries. Swiss Cottage Library, 88 Avenue Road, NW3 3HA. For library opening times, tel 020 7974 4001

Wednesday October 20
Black London: History, Art and Culture in over 120 Places. Meet authors Avril Nanton and Jody Burton for their talk about this London tour guide with a difference. 6.30pm entry, 7-9pm. St Pancras Library, 5 St Pancras Square, N1C 4AG. Free but book via
In Conversation with Stella Dadzie and Helen Bart. Online event with the author of A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery and Resistance and the producer of the BBC documentary Uprising. 7.30-8.45pm. For more info: Or email / tel, 020 8489 4250
The Voices of Black Folk: In Unexpected Places. Until October 21, drama bringing to life fascinating figures in history like Roman emperor Septimus Severus and 18th-century French composer Joseph Bologne. 7.30-10.15pm. Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton, N18 1PJ. Ticket info, call box office on 020 8807 6680

Thursday October 21
Colin Grant. Join the author of Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey for a discussion about the influential Jamaican political activist who inspired a global mass movement. 5pm-7pm. Swiss Cottage Library, 88 Avenue Road, NW3 3HA. Free but book via
Culture and myth in young adult fantasy novels. Best-selling authors Yaba Badoe (Wolf Light, Lionheart Girl) and Reni K Amayo  (Daughters of Niri, Descendants of the First) discuss their work against the backdrop of the recent popularity of fantasy novels written for teens by black authors. Online event organised by Lambeth Libraries. 7-8pm. Free but book via
Just Mercy. Screening of inspirational 2019 docudrama about civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson who defends a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence. Rated PG. 4-6.30pm. Wood Green Library, Business Lounge, Ground Floor, High Road N22 6XD. Free, no booking necessary

Friday October 22
Honouring Unsung Black Heroes. In this evening extravanganza, Camden Black Workers Group celebrate figures from the past and present who have made a difference. Includes justice campaigner Neville Lawrence, lovers rock singer Sandra Cross, comedian Mr Cee, and former Camden Council official Kunle Olulode, director of Voice4Change England. 6.30-10.30pm. London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, NW1 9XB. Free but book via
Royal Opera House. Until October 24, chamber opera The Knife of Dawn will be streamed on the ROH’s YouTube channel, telling the story of Guyanese independence fighter and poet Martin Carter who went on hunger strike in 1953 while in prison for insurgency. from 7pm start. More info,

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