More Black History Month Events

 October. Britain’s Black Past on BBC Radio

 For two weeks Gretchen Gerzina presents

 For seven days from 5 October. Scotland’s Black History


Thursday 6 October. 2-3pm. African Royalty in the LMA Collections

 African royalty in the collections include the daughter of Haile Selassie, a mysterious Nigerian princess who trained as a nurse at St. Thomas’s hospital, inauguration photographs of a Liberian Emperor, a visit by a Nigerian Oba to a London school and more.

London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB

Free – booking essential

 Friday 7 October – Saturday 21 January. People Power: Black British Arts & Activism in Hackney 1960s – 2000s 

Exhibition at Hackney Museum explores aspects of Black British arts and activism which have developed in Hackney since the 1960s.

 Saturday 8 October. 10.30am-5pm. Cy Grant Fun Palaces Day

 Discover the connection to the archives of Cy Grant, view documents from his collection and get inspired to create a unique Fun Palace by combining, art, craft, science, history, creative writing, puppetry, and animation activities based on this iconic individual. The session will also introduce The Cy Grant Trust’s HLF cataloguing and outreach project and volunteer opportunities.

London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 0HB.

 Monday 10 October. 7pm. An Evening in Harlem with Bernice L McFadden (The Book of Harlan) & Stephen Bourne (Evelyn Dove – Britain’s Black Cabaret Queen).

Waterstones, Piccadilly, London.

Free but please RSVP in store, by telephone 020 7851 2400 or email

 Wednesday 12 October. 7.30pm.  Lt. George Bemand

 Talk by S. I. (Steve) Martin will speak on Lt. George Bemand, a mixed-race officer who was killed in action in WW1. Dulwich College-educated Jamaican George K. Bemand was probably the first non-white officer to be accepted into the British Army in World War 1. He lived with his brother and mother in Denmark Hill and his life shines an interesting light on Black people in WW1 and South East London’s small Black community 1900-1919.

Herne Hill Society, Herne Hill United Church Hall, Red Post Hill, junction with Herne Hill

Friday 14 October 6pm.  Evelyn Dove – Britain’s Black Cabaret Queen

 Illustrated talk by Stephen Bourne to launch his new book (Jacarand Books).

Camberwell Library, Camberwell Green, SE5

Free but RSVP:

 Sunday 16 October 2-5pm. Re-focused and exposed: Charlie Phillips in conversation

In conversation with Professor Gus John, Phillips will give an insight into a life lived almost entirely through photography, his inspired regard for art photographers including Henri Cartier-Bresson, the heady days as an international paparazzi, and the 50 years spent documenting the African-Caribbean community. Part of the Charlie Roots Archive Project, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

£3, no concessions, includes afternoon tea. To book ring the V&A Bookings Team on 020 7942 2211 or go to–Charlie-Phillips-in-Conversation/dt/2016-10-16/eType/1/free/2

Sunday 16 October. 12.30pm. Black and Black Jewish History Tour

Led by Lauren Johnson, you will get the opportunity to see previously unseen objects at the Jewish Museum. Entry includes the current exhibition Jukebox, Jewkbox: A century on Shellac and Vinyl.

To book and for further information see:  

 Wednesday 19 October. 7pm. Black Poppies

 Talk by Stephen Bourne

Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Bridge Street, London, SW1.

Hosted by Lord Herman Ouseley. Free but RSVP  via

 Sunday 23 October. 2-4pm and 6-8pm. As Long As You’re Of African Heritage… Play

2-4pm: aimed especially at youths and families
6-8pm: aimed at the wider community

Taking its starting point from Peter Tosh’s ‘African’ song,  ‘As Long As You’re Of African Heritage…’ posits that anyone of African heritage is African,  irrespective of where they are born or based.
Using the format of a play with 5 actors set within the course of a management committee meeting of an African-led voluntary organisation, we witness the dynamics of the meeting change from congratulatory back-patting on account of a successful fundraising exercise, to putting plans for a Black History Month (BHM) event on hold, as tensions rise around the issues of identity within the African British community,  where there is often a disconnect from Africa, especially by those born in Britain or the Caribbean.

The play also questions what BHM should be about and whether it should be renamed, 30 years on from its introduction in the UK, the Race Relations Act @ 50,  and the start the UN’s International Decade For People Of African Descent 2015-24 initiative.

The afternoon performance is targeted as an outing for youths, school children,  teachers and parents, whilst the evening performance is targeted at the wider community. A facilitated Q&A follows each performance, which provides the audience with an opportunity to engage with the issues raised in the play.

Brady Arts & Community Centre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, Whitechapel, London E1 5HU
To book:  

Monday 24 October. 1.30–2.30pm. Kemet: understanding African-centred approaches to Egyptology

Overview lecture by Sally-Ann Ashton (University of Huddersfield) on how African-centred approaches to the study of ancient Egypt can be used effectively, with reference to parallels from other African cultures.

Free, booking essential  

Wednesday 26 October. 6.30pm.  Evelyn Dove – Britain’s Black Cabaret Queen

Talk by Stephen Bourne about his new book.

Royal Academy of Music, Museum Piano Gallery, 1-5 York Gate, Marylebone Road, NW1.

Free but RSVP Academy’s Box Office: telephone 020 7873 7300.

 Saturday 29 October.12-6pm. Black History Day in Nunhead

Stalls, local groups, games, boot camp taster, information about black projects and more …

The Green Community Centre, 5 Nunhead Green, London, SE15 3QQ


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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