What to do around London this Black History Month

What to do around London this Black History Month

Date: 02/10/23

Author: Shia Mitchell

Black History Month series

We truly love how diverse and multicultural London is. Barnet is particularly committed to engaging with the community throughout Black History Month. From literary and food festivals to cultural celebrations and carnivals. Here are all the details you need to get involved: 

Black Literary Festival   

Tony Warner on the hidden Black History in London's streets 

Tony Warner is the founder of Black History Walks in London, which explores the Caribbean and African history of the capital through 12 guided walks, talks, films, courses, bus tours and river cruises.   

This in-person talk will illustrate amazing African and Caribbean stories of World War 2, British Civil Rights, literature, science, food and architecture across the capital. 

  • Saturday 7th October
  • 6.30-8pm 
  • Finchley Church End Library, 318 Regents Park Road, London, N3 2LN

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Celebrating Black writing for women with Lorraine Brown and Louise Hare 

Lorraine and Louise will be discussing their new books Five Days in Florence and Harlem After Midnight, with Laura Sampson.

  • Saturday 7th October
  • 11am-12.30pm
  • Finchley Church End Library, 318 Regents Park Road, London, N3 2LN

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Black History Month Cultural Festival   

A celebration of black culture with Baroness Lola Young

Author and activist Baroness Lola Young will share her amazing story. Come along and enjoy music, a cookery demo and a chance to taste some delicious Afro/Caribbean cuisine.

  • Monday 9th October
  • 2-4pm
  • Ann Owens Centre, Oak Lane, East Finchley, N2 8LT

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Learn about historical black figures and their noteworthy contributions

When thinking about well-known figures in black history, a few names instantly spring to mind, like Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., activist Rosa Parks, and maybe even champion boxer Cassius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali.

But there are so many more figures worth celebrating this month. Possibly too many to list. For example, Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to obtain an international pilot’s license, inspired pilots to soar to new heights. She became an aerial acrobat in 1922 and amazed audiences as she performed loops, barrel rolls, and figure eights in her plane. She would even walk out onto the wings of her plane and parachute out, aptly penning her the nickname “Queen Bess” and “Brave Bessie”.


Or even Mae C. Jemison, who earned two undergraduate degrees, a medical degree, served as a Peace Corps medical officer in West Africa for two years and was selected to join the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's astronaut training program – all before the age of 30. In 1992, she became the first female African American space traveller with an eight-day space flight aboard the Endeavour space shuttle.

Support black up-and-coming talent on social media

It’s undeniable that many of us spend a considerable amount of time on social media, and TikTok is taking the world by storm. From the latest trending videos and quirky TikTok challenges to handy tutorials and on-trend debates, TikTok offers a great mix of curated content.

Why not check out these black creators taking the platform by storm? Catch @ahliyahmichelle's latest beauty tips, fitness-focussed clips from @ulissesworld, and delicious, culture-rich recipes from @_christianpaul, @onegreatvegan and @tiemyapron.


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Even better. You can grab your favourite TikTok picks on the big screen with Community Fibre TV and complete your home viewing experience from the comfort of your sofa.

Binge on award-winning, black-led shows

What better way to learn about the experiences or witness the great performances of people of African and Caribbean heritage than diving into the fantastic shows, films and documentaries currently on offer?

Experience BAFTA award-winning coming-of-age comedy in Michaela Coel's 'Chewing gum'. Indulge the Caribbean beats played against a backdrop of family, love and tragedy in Steve McQueen’s 'Small Axe' series of films. Or decide between fiction and false truths in 'You Don’t Know Me', the murderous love story that puts a young black boy’s freedom on the line.


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If you’re looking for more to watch this month, you can check out our top films and shows celebrating award-winning black talent.