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Black History Month events

09 October, 2020

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SOUTHWARK’S civil rights pioneers: Southwark council’s archivist Dr Patricia Dark explores the history of the borough’s pre-Windrush black community on October 13 , including the critical role local resident Dr Harold Moody played in the League of Coloured Peoples. 6-7pm via Zoom. More at: Free but book at

Audience with Okechukwu Nzelu: Hailed as a distinctive new voice in fiction, Okechukwu Nzelu discusses his book The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney, the heartwarming story of a young woman’s search for identity on October 13. Online talk organised with Friends of Carnegie Library in Lambeth. 7pm. Free but book via

• Raising the Kanneh-Masons: Join Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason in this online event on October 14 to hear what it takes to raise a musical family. She is the mother of seven musical children. Sheku Kanneh-Mason performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Two of his siblings are also former BBC Young Musician category finalists and the eldest, pianist Isata, was a presenter for the BBC at the 2019 Proms. 7pm. Free but book via

Children’s author Destynee Onwochei will be delivering a live Zoom reading of her debut children’s book, Tobias the Dream Adventurer (Troubador) at 11am on October 12. The event is open to all families and children in Islington. Tobias ventures up the amazing mighty Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with his friend Nalah. Based on Destynee’s travels, the book encourages children to follow their dreams. Free but you need to register at:

• Look out for Margaret Busby’s The New Daughters of Africa (Myriad Editions) celebrating the work of 200 women writers of African descent. This landmark anthology is a glorious portrayal of the richness, range and diversity of female African voices, and brings together their achievements across a wealth of genres: autobiography, memoir, letters, short stories, novels, poetry, drama, humour, journalism, essays and speeches. On October 22 at 2pm Margaret will be interviewed for the Authors’ Club LitLunch Online: Visit their Youtube page:

On October 24, you can join a two-hour walking tour with Avril Nanton who will reveal the abundance of black history and the amazing things that have happened in Islington. Find out about the first black cultural arts centre, the history of the African National Congress, Islington’s Egyptian links and the legacies of black revolutionary politicians and activists, such as Claudia Jones and Angela Davis. A gentle walk for all abilities. Starting at Angel tube station and finishing at Sadler’s Wells theatre. Booking essential and numbers limited. Visit:

• For a free night of storytelling and music from the African-Caribbean community, head to Holborn Library on October 28 at 7.30pm. Hosted by TUUP, the Unorthodox Unprecedented Preacher, Usifu, the Cowfoot Prince with guest live musicians Keith Waithe (flute) player and Owen Uwadie (bass). Visit:

Celebrating Black History Month, Zari Gallery in Westminster has curated an exhibition of black artists each with their own story. Until October 30. Visit:

• We have to wait until November 5 for Tate Modern’s major retrospective of visual activist Zanele Muholi. Born in South Africa, Muholi came to prominence in the early 2000s with photographs that envision black lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex lives beyond deviance or victimhood. Partici­pants are presented as confi­dent and beautiful individuals bravely existing in the face of prejudice, intolerance and, fre­quently, violence. This show will present the full breadth of Muholi’s photographic and activist prac­tice. Book now:


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