Black History Month 2020

This October we have lined up a series of online events and resources to mark Black History Month, celebrating the culture, history and achievements of Britain's African and Caribbean communities.

We are proud to be working with partners including Real Life Events, Black Man Time, Life After Hummus, Word on the Curb, Revolution Hive and Black Out UK to both celebrate and raise awareness of our black communities.


Using Black British History to Transform Companies and Transform Communities

Join our series of informative online events designed to educate professionals and the local community on key historical moments and milestones relating to the African-Caribbean population in Britain.  With contributions from social enterprises, musicians and brand ambassadors, the events will leave you engaged, informed and confident in your ability to transform your approach to diversity, inclusion and racial equality, both at work and at home.

There are 3 events over the month and you can sign up to all of them or choose the one that most interests you.


Wednesday 14 October 12:30pm - 1:30pm: The Windrush Generation's Impact on the UK Economic Development

Wednesday 21 October 12:30pm - 1:30pm: How the Notting Hill Carnival Became One of Europe's Biggest Tourist Attractions

Wednesday 28 October  12:30pm - 1:30pm: The Journey for the UK's First Black MPs to Get Elected


Find out more and sign up for free here.


Learn how to Screenprint at Home

Taking inspiration from Somers Town history of social reformers, expert tutor and printmaker Melissa Fry will demonstrate simple screen printing techniques to create posters in the style of Corita Kent.

Friday 9 October 2.30pm - 4.30pm: Live demonstration of techniques, skills and equipment

Friday 16 October 2.30pm - 4.30pm: Live demonstration on making stencils, preparing ink and monotyping

Friday 23 October 2.30pm - 4.30pm: Make your print

Book your free space here.


Voices of Black Opera: Documentary Screening and Online Operatic Performance by Juwon Ogungbe

Join us online for a screening of  'Voices of Black Opera', a documentary which aims to address societies misperception of black people's relationship with opera. Director and producer of the documentary, Cathy Hassan, will join You Press social enterprise for a Q&A, followed by a special performance by British composer and musician Juwon Ogungbe.

Thursday 29 October 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Find out more and sign up here.

Traveling on a Melody

Travelling on a Melody is a unique online musical experience of ancient African stringed instruments in celebration of African Diaspora Heritage Month.
Ka-mama's Theo Calliste and friends take the whole family on a musical journey of sound, exploring the wonderful history and stories of the Ingoni, Udungu and more. 
Musicians on the day include:

  • Musical Directors Ka-amma
  • Guitar, Theodore Calliste
  • Ingoni, Bouba konate
  • Udungu, Daniel lubinga
  • Cello, Zara Hudson
  • Percussion, Bashir Rutasingwa

Saturday 24 October 1pm online.

Register for the event here.

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