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Black History Month

Black History Month runs every October and brings together a series of events that celebrate the culture, history and achievements of black and ethnic minority communities.

To add a Black History Month event to this page please email LewishamLife@lewisham.gov.uk.

Jacqui Cooke's painting display

Jacqui Cooke’s painting of Maya Angelou will be on display in Lewisham Library for Black History Month.

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Starts

01/10/2019 08:00:00

Ends

31/10/2019 22:00:00

Availability

Cost

Free

Venue

Lewisham Library, 199–201 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG.

Notable figures treasure hunt

Find notable figures from black history around the library and learn more about who they are and their link to Lewisham – win a prize for finding everyone!

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Starts

01/10/2019 00:00:00

Ends

31/10/2019 00:00:00

Availability

Cost

Free

Venue

Downham Library, 7–9 Moorside Road, BR1 5EP.

Top ten dishes game

Play this game throughout October and see if you can guess the top ten African and Caribbean dishes.

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Starts

01/10/2019 00:00:00

Ends

31/10/2019 00:00:00

Availability

Cost

Free

Venue

Lewisham Library, 199–201 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG.

The history of West African music

Journey through the history of West African music with this informative exhibition which will be up for the month of October.

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Starts

04/10/2019 09:00:00

Ends

02/11/2019 17:00:00

Availability

Cost

Free

Venue

Crofton Park Community Library, 375 Brockley Road, SE4 2AG.

Family film screenings

Bring the family along for black history-themed film screenings.

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Saturdays

Starts

05/10/2019 14:30:00

Ends

26/10/2019 17:00:00

Availability

Cost

Free

Venue

Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin Street, SE8 4RJ.

Craft session

Join a fun-filled family craft session inspired by black history.

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Saturdays

Starts

05/10/2019 11:00:00

Ends

26/10/2019 12:00:00

Availability

Cost

Free

Venue

Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin Street, SE8 4RJ.

Craft session

Join a fun-filled family craft session inspired by black history.

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Saturdays

Starts

05/10/2019 10:30:00

Ends

26/10/2019 12:00:00

Availability

Cost

Free

Venue

Downham Library, 7–9 Moorside Road, BR1 5EP.

Film screening

Catch black history-themed film screenings.

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Sundays

Starts

06/10/2019 13:00:00

Ends

27/10/2019 15:00:00

Availability

Cost

Free

Venue

Downham Library, 7–9 Moorside Road, BR1 5EP.

Memories in movement

Come and watch a dance performance by African and Caribbean elders based on movements they remember from work.

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Starts

03/10/2019 14:00:00

Ends

03/10/2019 16:00:00

Availability

To book contact IRIE! dance theatre on 020 8691 6099 or by email at info@iriedancetheatre.org.

Cost

Free

Venue

The Moonshot Centre, Angus Street, SE14 6LU

25th anniversary of Handa's Surprise

Join to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne with a reading, drawing and tasting the amazing African fruit in Handa’s basket. Please note that this session involves the tasting of a number of fruits, please be careful if you think your child might be allergic.

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Starts

17/10/2019 10:00:00

Ends

17/10/2019 10:45:00

Availability

Cost

Free, donations welcome

Venue

Crofton Park Community Library, 375 Brockley Road, SE4 2AG.

Tracing black and British ancestry

This event is now sold out. Hear African Caribbean genealogy expert Paul Crooks share his top tips for tracing your family history.

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Starts

19/10/2019 10:30:00

Ends

19/10/2019 12:30:00

Availability

Book your ticket using the link below

Cost

Free

Venue

Lewisham Library, 199–201 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG.

Caribbean cafe takeover

TriniTea & Cakes will be at the library café with a selection of rum cakes, carrot cakes, lemon drizzle and more for you to eat in or take away. Some literature will be available to learn about the history of cakes from the Caribbean.

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Starts

19/10/2019 11:30:00

Ends

19/10/2019 16:30:00

Availability

Cost

Venue

Crofton Park Community Library, 375 Brockley Rd, SE4 2AG

How to unlock your genius using black history

David Simon will be signing his latest book How to Unlock Your Genius Using Black History, which mixes fiction and non-fiction to tell the story of 150,000 years of black history. Please note that 19 October is the corrected date.

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Starts

19/10/2019 15:30:00

Ends

19/10/2019 16:30:00

Availability

Register below

Cost

Free

Venue

Lewisham Library, 199–201 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG.

Songs and stories with Winston Nzinga

Families with children aged 5 years plus can join Winston for interactive music and stories from the Caribbean Windrush generation.

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Starts

21/10/2019 10:00:00

Ends

21/10/2019 10:45:00

Availability

No need to book

Cost

Free

Venue

Downham Library, 7–8 Moorside Road, BR1 5EP

Windrush suitcases

Children aged 8 + can build a suitcase while sharing what it would be like to start a new life abroad.

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Starts

22/10/2019 14:00:00

Ends

22/10/2019 15:30:00

Availability

Cost

Free

Venue

Downham Library, 7–9 Moorside Road, BR1 5EP.

African sculpture session

Children aged 7+ can join Danhomeyvi Art for a sculpture session and discover the secrets of African art.

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Starts

23/10/2019 11:00:00

Ends

23/10/2019 12:00:00

Availability

Cost

Free

Venue

Lewisham Library, 199–201 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG.

Collage Windrush

Children aged 6+ can join Danhomeyvi Art to create a collage inspired by the Windrush generation.

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Starts

24/10/2019 14:00:00

Ends

24/10/2019 15:00:00

Availability

Cost

Free

Venue

Deptford Lounge, 9 Griffin Street, SE8 4RJ.

Celebrating Toni Morrison

Join other Toni Morrison fans for a special reading group and coffee morning to discuss her fiction, non-fiction and the impact she made on the world.

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Starts

25/10/2019 15:00:00

Ends

25/10/2019 17:00:00

Availability

Register below

Cost

Free

Venue

Downham Library, 7–9 Moorside Road, BR1 5EP.

Hero: inspired by the extraordinary life and times of Mr Ulric Cross screening and Q&A

Hero is a film about the extraordinary life of Mr Ulric Cross, a young man from Trinidad who became a central figure in the independence movements sweeping Africa in the '50s and '60s. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the lead actor and writer/director. Please book below.

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Starts

25/10/2019 19:00:00

Ends

25/10/2019 21:00:00

Availability

Register below

Cost

£5

Venue

Catford Mews, 32 Winslade Way, SE6 4JU.

Phoenix diversity day

Join this family-friendly festival to celebrate the contributions of those from Commonwealth countries – there will be live entertainment, activities, cultural discussions and more.

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Starts

26/10/2019 12:00:00

Ends

26/10/2019 16:00:00

Availability

Cost

Free

Venue

The Green Man, 355 Bromley Road, SE6 2RP.

David Olusoga talk and book signing

Over-16s can get their books signed at a black history talk by David Olusoga, an extraordinary British-Nigerian historian, author, broadcaster and film-maker.

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Starts

26/10/2019 15:00:00

Ends

26/10/2019 16:00:00

Availability

There is now only standing space available. Capacity is limited to 30 people on a first come first serve basis.

Cost

Free

Venue

Lewisham Library, 199–201 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6L

Interactive activities

Children of all ages can join Iroko Theatre for African music, stories and interactive activities.

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Starts

29/10/2019 10:00:00

Ends

29/10/2019 11:00:00

Availability

Cost

Free

Venue

Deptford Lounge, 9 Griffin Street, SE8 4RJ.

African dance

Children of all ages can join Iroko Theatre for African music and dance.

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Starts

30/10/2019 10:00:00

Ends

30/10/2019 11:00:00

Availability

Cost

Free

Venue

Lewisham Library, 199–201 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG.

Tippa Irie and Peter Lowe

Peter Lowe will give a live reading of his reggae influenced pilot script 1985 and this will be followed by a Q&A with reggae star Tippa Irie. Caribbean refreshments will be provided.

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Starts

31/10/2019 19:00:00

Ends

31/10/2019 21:00:00

Availability

Cost

Free

Venue

Lewisham Library, 199–201 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG.