Black History Month 2021

​​​​​​​October is Black History Month which is a time to share, learn and reflect on the history, experiences, and achievements of Black people throughout the course of history and in the present day.

This Black History Month, we’ve teamed up with the brilliant Ken Okoroafor from The Humble Penny to run a financial freedom workshop for residents. Ken is a Chartered Accountant with over 12 years of experience and is deeply passionate about helping families to live a life of financial joy. In his workshop on Thursday 21 October from 4pm to 6:30pm, he will be sharing tools, skills and tips to help maximise income and allow you to enjoy financial freedom. Sign up for your free ticket here!

As well as this, on Friday 15 October at 2pm our We Are Ageing Better project are hosting a special Black History Month film screening of Hidden Figures. We Are Ageing Better is a project that brings people over the age of 60 in St Pancras and Somers Town together to share skills and experiences and create change in the community. Click here to find out what other We Are Ageing Better events and weekly activities are on this month and book your spot!

There are lots of exciting Black History Month events happening in the communities we work in this month too. We’ve created a  list of some of the top events going on this month so you can get involved in the Black History Month celebrations near you.


Proud to Be, Camden

Friday 8 October, 6:30pm to 10pm (free)

Camden House Lab tech
Launching Camden Black History season 2021, this event will celebrate the success of Camden’s creatives and performers. Hosted by Eddie Nestor MBE, expect an eclectic mix of performances, talks and panel discussion on the topic and a preview to the varied programme on offer for Camden’s Black History season.
Book tickets here.

Black Entrepreneurs Event- Thinking Big, Thinking Different
Wednesday 13 October, 6pm to 7:45pm (free)

If you’re interested in starting your own business, don’t miss this online panel discussion hosted by Black Pound Day founder Swiss from So Solid Crew. Aimed at equipping aspiring entrepreneurs with the skills and tools to start their own businesses, special guests will deliver constructive and practical advice.
Book tickets here

Camden Black Workers Group: Honouring our Nation of Black Unsung Heroes
22 October, 6:30pm to 10:30pm (free)

London Irish Centre
Camden Black Workers Group are honouring Black unsung Heroes from the past and present. This exciting event will highlight those who have contributed to changes and have inspired the Black community throughout generations. A range of special guest speakers will share their inspiring stories about the work that they undertake in the community. The event will also include a number of exciting performances throughout the evening.
Book your ticket here

Somers Town History Club Black Activism - Lunchtime Walk (St Pancras)​
Friday 29 October, 1pm
Living Centre, Ossultson Street

Towering figures in global politics and change, such as George Padmore devised revolution and decolonisation, while living in an unassuming street in St Pancras/ Somers Town. Find out about other Black activists in the area, such as Claudia Jones.
The walk will set off at 1pm sharp from the Living Centre in Ossulston Street.
Book your tickets here

Black History Month Walks
Saturday 6 November, 2pm (free)
Warren Street Underground station
As part of Camden’s Black History Season, Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre has organised two guided walks exploring the borough’s black history and making stops at places connected with Olaudah Equiano, Prince Monalulu, Beryl Gilroy, Paul Robeson and many others.
Book tickets here

Click here for the Full Love Camden Black History Season programme.


Proud to Be, Enfield Council
1 October to 11 November

There is a huge programme of events being run throughout October and into November by Enfield council, including music events, community workshops, food festivals, online panel discussions, a new COVID-19 documentary aimed at the Caribbean community, and a season of films as part of the online Ponders End Film Festival.

Click here to download the brochure and browse the events on offer.


Proud to Be, Brent (free)
7 October- 11 November
Brent’s free virtual Black History Month Programme is open to all and includes:

  • Dream of a King - Written, directed and performed by Christopher Tajah – Thursday 7 October 12pm

  • Afro hair workshop - Thursday 14 October, 12pm

  • Bookclub review – Thursday 28 October 12pm

  • Live jollof rice cook-along – Thursday 28 October 6pm

The main event is Celebrating Black Excellence – Proud To Be on Thursday 21 October at 12pm which includes:

  • Panel discussion and debate with: Dawn Butler MP (British Labour Party politician), Justin Finlayson (founder of the United Borders a music education charity for young people), Councillor Wilhelmina Murray and Patricia Wharton (Let’s Talk Show, Chalkhill Community Radio Station)

  • Comedy by Mr Cee

  • Poetry by Sharmay Mitchell

  • Reggae choir and more.

Read the full Brent Black History Month programme here and book onto the events that interest you on Eventbrite.



Mental Health & Wellbeing of the African and Caribbean Communities in Hertfordshire
Thursday 14 October, 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Online event, details TBC- check the Watford Black History Month website for updates
With special guests from HPFT, Viewpoint, and Patrick Vernon, with introduction and chair by Chaired by Clive Saunders OBE

BHM Film Night at Palace Theatre
Saturday 16 October

Palace theatre will be screening "I am not your negro", a 2016 documentary film and social critique directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House, with narration by Samuel L. Jackson. The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion event. Live screening at Watford Palace Theatre

Black Lives Matter - Four Hundred and 1 years later
Tuesday 19 October, 7pm to 9pm

Online event, details TBC- check the Watford Black History Month website for updates
On the 25th May 2020, George Floyd was murdered by a police officer kneeling on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, in full view of 3 other police officers. While the reality of racism was a new concept for for those lucky enough not to have directly experienced racism, the reality is that structural racism is deeply engrained in western culture with roots tracing back past the slave trade. Join this discussion of this issue with guests Joe Inniss and Khadijah Jervis Chaired by Clive Saunders OBE
Motor Sports
Thursday 21 October, 7pm to 8pm
Online event, details TBC- check the Watford Black History Month website for updates
Special guest Carol Glen will be joined by prominent black racing drivers who will discuss the progress and challenges for black racing drivers, engineers and mechanics, as well as some stories from the track.

From Windrush to North Herts – A new life in a new country
Sunday 31 October, 11am to 3pm (free)
North Herts Museum, Hitchin
This exhibition shows photographs dating from the 1950s and 1960s of some of the Caribbean families who made their home in North Hertfordshire, particularly Letchworth and Hitchin.  A book in which the photographs appear, North Herts African Caribbean Roots by Eric Blakeley and Gurdev Delay, will be on sale throughout the exhibition.

Click here to find out more
Posted: 05/10/2021 By Olivia Williams  | 0 comments

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