Black History Month

Black History Month is an UK wide annual celebration of the contribution that Black, African and Caribbean communities have made both on a local level and across the globe. This year, we'll be celebrating the Caribbean and its connections with Hackney through the Island to Island: Journeys though the Caribbean exhibition as well as The Life and Works of Maya Angelou. There will also be historical walks covering the theme of My Hackney - Black History.

Hackney Black History flag competition

If you go to school in Hackney, why not send in your design for a Hackney Black history flag? The winning design will be picked by a panel of judges and made into a real flag with the help of a local artist. We'll fly the wining flag from the top of Hackney Town Hall in time for October, this year's Black History Month.

Entries are now closed.


Events will be taking place in Hackney Museum, Hackney Archives and libraries across the borough as well as guided history walks exploring some of the events which influenced African-Caribbean life in Hackney. Most events are free but sometimes you may need to book in advance. Please note all events are subject to change.

Soca aerobics

Wednesdays, 10.45-11.45am, Kings Hall Leisure Centre

Soca aerobics is a great fitness workout, moving your body to the sound of slow and fast rhythms, as well as the inclusion of resistance training.

Free sessions are being held as part of the New Age Games Programme for Hackney residents aged 50+ at Kings Hall Leisure Centre, 39 Lower Clapton Road, E5 ONU. For more information: call us on 020 8356 4897 or email

Past events

The Great Sports Debate 2

Thursday 2 November, 6pm-9.30pm

A Question Time-style debate on sport, physical activity, the role it plays and its effects on the lives of Black people, alongside the launch of an exhibition featuring Ernest Simons iconic sport photography.

Panellists included Olympic Taekwondo silver medallist, Lutalo Muhammed, the vice president of UK Athletics, Donna Fraser, the award winning NBA global broadcaster (BBC, BT Sports and Sky) Benny Bonsu, chief football correspondent for the Mirror Newspaper and sports broadcaster Darren Lewis. The debate was moderated by Leon Mann, journalist, producer and documentary maker and founder of the Football Black List.

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