Redbridge celebrates Black History Month

Published: 2 October 2019

This October, Redbridge Council and its leisure partner Vision RCL are celebrating Black History Month to recognise the history, achievements and contributions of African and Caribbean communities in the borough and UK.

Organised by Vision, residents are invited to join a variety of fantastic events, including book clubs, art exhibitions, stalls, food, dance and theatre performances.

Activities will kick off on Wednesday 2 October at Redbridge Central Library to discuss novel ‘Pigeon English’ by Stephen Kelman.

On Sunday 6 October, Black Brits and Find Your Voice are presenting a Health, Wealth and Heritage tour which includes special talks on history, education and health as well as stalls on Black fashion, beauty, art and literature.

South London dancer Dani Harris-Walters will be taking over the Redbridge Drama Centre on 17 and 18 October for ‘It’s in the Blood’ – an energetic dance, rap and spoken word performance.

‘Jordan’s Demeanours Exhibition’ is also being held at Fullwell Cross and Gants Hill Library which showcases some of the remarkable achievements by Black people in politics, business, sports and music.

Residents can also visit Redbridge Central Library and Wanstead Library throughout October to see artwork by local artist, Bootzmama themed ‘Black and British’.

Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Growth and Leisure, Cllr Jas Athwal said: “It’s wonderful we’re celebrating Black History Month which aims to recognise the many contributions and successes of African and Caribbean communities.  I’m proud to say Redbridge is one of the most ethnically diverse boroughs in the country and this gives us the opportunity to celebrate that diversity and learn more about Black culture and heritage which has had such an influence in people’s everyday lives. I hope you can join us at one of the fantastic events that are bound to be inspiring.”

You can see the full list of events and book easily online. 


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