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Black History Lewisham 365

Find out about our year-round commitment to supporting Lewisham's Black communities through our Black History Lewisham 365 programme.

What is Black History Lewisham 365?

While it’s important we acknowledge the national Black History Month campaign each October, in Lewisham we believe in action 365 days a year. We were proud to champion Black creators and trailblazers as part of our We Are Lewisham programme. We are also driving conversations to help us better understand how we can support our Black communities - from tackling healthcare inequalities, to addressing disparities among our high street businesses, to eliminating inequalities in education. And that’s just the start.

Black History Lewisham 365 is our commitment to offering a platform for Black voices and understanding Black lived experiences 365 days per year. Grants of up to £1000 are available for Black History Month projects and events. Applications close Sunday 19 August. 

Windrush 75

Thursday 22 June marked 75 years since 500 passengers from the Caribbean arrived at Tilbury Docks on the HMT Empire Windrush. They were the first of many

invited to relocate to Britain by successive governments to address labour shortages between 1948 and 1971. Many made their home in Lewisham which today has one of the largest African Caribbean communities in the UK. In June 2023, we paid tribute to their incredible contributions not just in our borough but to every aspect of modern British life.

Find more information on our Windrush 75 programme.

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