Black History Season

A celebration of the history, culture and influences of the African diaspora on British life. The season will focus on local and international connections, highlighting achievements in science, arts, education and business. Acknowledging the past and looking to the future.

Back to the Future demonstrating how Black lives have and will always matter

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How our journey began
Back to the Future: How our Journey Began
Back to the Future: How our Journey began coordinated by Camden Black Workers Group (CBWG)
This will be a programme of conversation featuring guest speakers - Patrick Vernon OBE, British social commentator, Basil Gabbidon musician Steel Pulse and activist; Dr Angela Herbert – Chair of Violent Crime prevention board and Kieran Ferdinand Camden Council
Hosted and facilitated by Alim Kamara

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We are parable
Black Film Collectives: Then and Now
Celebrating Black History Season at Swiss Cottage Gallery
Curated by Anthony Andrews of We Are Parable in partnership with LUX, BFI and The June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive.
5 Oct - 19 Nov 2020 at Swiss Cottage Gallery

Working with the collection of Camden-based national film organisation LUX, The British Film Institute and the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive the curator will select artists’ moving image work and material that reveals and celebrates Black British filmmaking, voices and ideas.

This exhibition presents the creative power of Black artist filmmakers in a national context, exploring cultural and political narratives through film from the 1960s to the present day.
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girl woman other
Books and Beyond
Launching Camden’s virtual book club for our Black History Season

-          Girl, Women, Other     by Bernadine Evaristo      live webinar   20 Oct

-          My Sister, The Serial Killer    by Oyinkan Braithwaite  live webinar 17 Nov

-          Ordinary People  by Diana Evans  live webinar  08 Dec

Start reading and join the discussion with guest celebrity hosts, publishers, writers and Camden residents
Headties and Headwraps
A symbol of resistance identity and validation of beauty, head ties and head wraps have been worn by women in Africa and the African diaspora for generations. Through this workshop led by Sandra Soteriou, explore the background and cultural significance of wearing head scarves, and learn about the origin and significance of the fabrics used. There will also be a screening of the film ‘Wax’ followed by a Q&A with director Aiwan Obinyan. Bring along your fabric, scarves and materials to try out different wrapping techniques. African print and headscarves will also be available to purchase at the event.
The workshop will be led by Sandra Soteriou

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Claudia Jones
Contemporary Activism, from past to present: Making lasting change for the Black community
Over Black History Season we will be remembering activist and journalist Claudia Jones, founder of Carnival in London at St Pancras Town Hall (Camden Centre) by inviting guest speakers to comment and reflect on how she influenced their activism. ​

​We will have a series of virtual conversations which will showcase the many ways in which the Black community have been driving change for the good of society. ​

“Contemporary Activism: from past to present” will be a series of online discussions with leaders of change, exploring the different approaches to activism, what change has happened and how you can get involved. We will kick off the season with a panel discussion with special guest Stella Dadzie who will be joined by a number of inspirational activists.

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Library Lates
Traditional late night story tales with TUUP - the Unorthodox Unprecedented Preacher, Usifu - The Cowfoot Prince and guest live musicians

Oct 28: Music, Story and Words
Hosted by TUUP
With guest musicians Keith Waithe - flute player and Owen Uwadie Bass player.

Nov 25: Word, Sound and Power
Hosted by TUUP
With special guest storyeller Usifu, The Cowfoot Prince

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Black pound day
Young Black Entrepreneurs
The Black Pound Day event will be a workshop to teach practical business skills and tools to young aspiring entrepreneurs.

What is #BlackPoundDay?
Black Pound Day is a solution-based approach to support the growth of the UK Black economy. As a direct and peaceful response to the systematic racism that creates un-equality for the Black community in the United Kingdom.
small green shoots
Small Green Shoots : Bars and Conversation
Bars and Conversations is a prerecorded podcast aimed to address specific topics in the music industry, 3 diverse and talented artists will perform a piece of their work and speak a bit about their creative journey and their inspirations/influences. They will then sit down and have a raw and honest discussion about the 3 following topics and how it impacts their careers.

- Cultural appropriation

- Being a black female

- Being from the LGBTQ community

This will be recorded on the 9th of October at Phoenix Court and edited for launch on the 27th October at 7pm on our official Small Green Shoots youtube channel as well as their IGTV.

First up: The Spirit of Protest

Zena Edwards, one of the 2020 VISION poets, has written a newly commissioned poem exploring activism today, the impact of Black Lives Matter and the legacy of Black British trailblazers. The media landscape is rife with images of trauma and tears, lacking spirituality and non-brutalised normality. This poem looks to the future via a past often untold or revised and poses the question: After the protests, then what? This poem seeks a solution. Click here to watch it
black history walks
Book Launch: Black History Walks by Tony Walker
Tony Warner’s book launch Black History Walks, the first published book of its kind launched during Black History Month

A collection of guided tours throughout London Black History Walks invites the reader to see their surroundings with new eyes. An exploration of the Black British history all around, Black History Walks guides the reader from the City of London to Southwark and Camden to Westminster.

Throughout October, come along for a walking tour through some of Camden’s little-known landmarks as we unravel Camden’s rich black history.
Places are limited and booking is essential. For more details, please visit
KUSH Films
Marlon Palmer of Kush Films the UK’s longest running and leading exhibitor of black films invites industry guests to discuss the pioneering legacy of UK black film exhibitors and also look at successful black film distribution & how to get your film distributed.

Film showing and panel discussion ‘Black Culture and Media representation in Film and TV' hosted by Marlon Palmer - Kush Films

Dates: Mon 26 Oct + Thurs 26th Nov 2020
cook a longs
Are you interested in trying out and learning more Caribbean- and African-inspired recipes? Join us every Sunday for online cooking classes led by local community chefs, celebrities and restaurants
11th October

Chef Monty Kidd makes Curry Goat!

18 October

This week Chef Richard Simpson of Cummin Up catering makes dumpling and more in our Sunday Cook a Long!

Click here to download the recipe!
Little Leaders
Rhyme Time, Stories and Little Leaders in Black History with Tyan
Workshops throughout October - December with Tyan Archer!

Rhyme Time with Tyan
Join Tyan on Saturday Mornings for her Rhyme and Story Time sessions for under 5s with Tyan Archer to celebrate Black History Season, exclusively on our Youtube

Little Leaders Workshop with Tyan Archer
Inspired by Vashti Harrison’s trail blazing stories for Children, our Libraries will be hosting activities, role-play and workshops for 7 – 11 year olds

Keep your eyes peeled for dates and times!