The ‘Happy to Be’ initiative, which encourages individuals to share what they are proud to be on social media, kicked off Black History Month in the UK. Local governments also raised the Pan -African flag to signal the start of the month’s activities across the country.
It is now in its 34th year, and after last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, it has a fresh focus on black British resistance to racism.
Continue reading to learn about all of the greatest Black History Month events in London.
Black History Month is an annual commemoration of African-American achievements and an occasion to recognize black history around the world.
The month long festival will feature educational events, exhibitions, shows, and installations from around the world that will enhance historical awareness and celebrate traditions, customs, and cultures.
For Black History Month, there is a campaign called “Proud to Be.”
The ‘Proud to Be’ campaign for Black History Month has began, encouraging individuals to share what they are proud to be on social media.
“It’s been a hard period for many Black and Brown people, with so much in the media about racism, inequality, and injustice,” said Catherine Ross, editor of Black History Month UK.
“We wanted Black History Month 2021 to focus on celebrating being Black or Brown, and to inspire and promote people’s pride in their heritage and culture — in their own way, in their own words,” Ross stated.
Around London, there are seven must-attend Black History Month activities.
The seven best Black History Month activities in and around London have been compiled by WOTHAPPEN.
London’s Imperial War Museum.
The Imperial War Museum in London will host an exhibition on the amazing experiences of black men and women during World War II on October 20th. Billy Strachan, who sold his bicycle and saxophone to pay for a passage from Jamaica to Britain to join the RAF, will be one of the main figures portrayed.
River Cruise Through Black History
The Black Heritage River Cruise will take you from the Temple of Greenwich to the Tower of London, highlighting the thousands of years of African/ Caribbean history on display. This three-hour cultural trip is not to be missed, with special historical guests such as Phyliss Wheatley and General Damas giving inspirational stories and historical comments.
Sunday Jazz Afternoon in Mayfair with OGGs
Are you looking for a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon? The Temple of Art and Music presents the Mayfair Sunday Jazz Day, a delightful afternoon of smooth jazz by the outstanding OGGs. Each ticket even includes a complimentary glass of prosecco!
Laughter in a Box.
The intimate setting of Beatbox will host Laugh in the Box. Aurie Styla, the host, is making waves in the industry and will be sure to get you in the mood for the funny comedians. It is a free event, but seating is limited, so arrive early to secure a spot.
Jasmine Lee-Jones, the winner of the Evening Standard 2019 and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright, wrote and played Curious. It follows Jaz, who is in her second year of theater school but is tired of performing until she comes across a forgotten piece of history and her life is permanently transformed…
Market for Black Culture
The Black Culture Market will take over the Department Store Brixton’s Downstairs, providing opportunity for rising entrepreneurs and new black firms to present and sell their items. This market, which takes place on Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd, offers a rich and cultural shopping experience that celebrates the African and Caribbean communities.
The Black Lives Matter Book Club is a group of people who believe that black lives matter
The Black Lives Matter Book Group is an online gathering where individuals can learn about the African-American religious experience, challenge the existing quo in white-majority churches, and discuss how we can work together to build a truly inclusive church community.