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.

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.

Events

Workshops for Hackney Schools: Island to Island: Journeys through the Caribbean

Throughout October and November, Hackney Museum

Over 2,000 local primary schools will visit Island to Island: A Journey through the Caribbean at Hackney Museum to explore Hackney's connections with the Caribbean inspired by the photographs and personal stories on display.

Has your class missed out this year? Join our mailing list to be the first to find out about 2018's programme for schools. To join the mailing list or for more information email: museumbooking@hackney.gov.uk.

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 darren.english@hackney.gov.uk.

The Life and Legacy of Maya Angelou

Sunday 1 October - Tuesday 31 October, Hackney Central Library

The exhibition space will be dedicated to celebrating the phenomenal work of Maya Angelou. We will also be showcasing key moments in Black history with a wonderful variety of artefacts, art and ephemera.

No booking required. Suitable for all ages.

My Hackney - Black History walk 1

Sunday 1 October, 11am-12.30pm, starts at Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ

Discover and enjoy a walk which covers ancient African civilisations, Black history of food, Hackney Black People's Defence Committee, Operation Spanner, Maurice Bishop, Black Victorians, Olaudah Equiano, Black scientists and inventors and more.

Booking: if you are interested in attending, contact us on 020 8356 7459/4897 or surbjit.mahey@hackney.gov.uk.

Island to Island: Journeys though the Caribbean

Tuesday 3 October - Saturday 13 January, Hackney Museum

This special exhibition celebrates the light, life and landscapes of the English-speaking Caribbean through stunning photographs taken over the past sixty years. Displayed alongside local people's personal memories from Hackney Museum's rich collections, this exhibition provides a snapshot of the Caribbean and its connections with Hackney.

No booking required. Suitable for all ages.

Maya Angelou: Moments with Malcolm and Martin - Stories Untold - The History of the Civil Rights Movement in America 

Tuesday 3 October, 6-8pm, Hackney Central Library

Maya Angelou was not only a great poet and writer; she was also a great activist and advocate for civil rights. She had a huge impact on the civil rights movement. Close friends with both Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, they all complimented the struggle.

Join writer, journalist and community activist Andrea Enisuoh for an evening of celebration of the story of Maya not often told. With readings and special guests we will celebrate the life of a pioneer.

No booking required. For ages 16+.

An Ode to Maya: poetry slam workshop

Thursday 5 October, 5.30-7.45pm, Clapton Library

Maya Angelou was a renowned novelist, memoirist and civil rights activist and acclaimed poet and this workshop will allow budding poets to be facilitated to write a poem for performance on how Angelou has influenced their lives, creativity or writing.

Hosted by Words of Colour Productions and facilitated by award-nominated poet and writer Victoria Adukwei Bulley, participants will be encouraged to build on their existing poetry skills and have the chance to write a tailored poem, and perform it, in front of the group.

This workshop will be of interest to those who write poetry in their spare time and would like to get professional guidance and have the chance to showcase their work within a supportive environment.

First come, first served, 10 participants max. Arrive early (from 5.15pm) to secure a place. For ages 18+.

Celebrating Black History Month

Thursday 5 October, 6-7.45pm, Hackney Museum

Join us for the launch of Hackney Museum's new exhibition, Island to Island: Journeys through the Caribbean and to celebrate Black History Season in Hackney. Find out about the fantastic events, exhibitions and activities taking place across the borough.

No booking required. Suitable for all ages.

Life Doesn't Frighten Me - under 5s session

Friday 6 October, 11am-12 noon, Hackney Central Library

Maya Angelou's poem celebrates the courage in us all. Join us for Black History-themed stories. Stay and play with colouring sheets after the session.

No booking required.

Warrior Shields Craft

Friday 6 October, 4-5pm, Homerton Library

Come and explore your bravery at Homerton Library by making warrior shields for Black History Month.

Contact Homerton Library with your name and phone number to book. Suitable for all ages.

African storytime and mask making

Saturday 7 October, 11am-12 noon, Dalston C.L.R. James Library

Decorate your own African mask and listen to traditional African stories.

No booking required. Under 5s session.

Chess, dominos and games club for ages 7-14

Saturday 7 October, 2-4pm, Hackney Central Library

Come slap down some dominos Caribbean style. If you'd like to learn how to play, come along. All abilities welcome. 

No booking required.

Kaiso Vibrations

Tuesday 10 October, 6-8pm, Homerton Library

Kaiso Vibrations will tell the story of the development of Trinidadian music from Kaiso through Calypso to today's Soca. Kysonian musician, teacher and historian Tobago Crusoe (named after the land of his birth, Tobago the twin island to Trinidad), will take the audience through an exciting musical journey, exploring and describing the transition and relevance of one of the region's most innovative forms of music.

Crusoe will look at the social, political and educational role that it has played, including the impact it has had on world music, in particular through recordings - albeit in a less raw form - by Maya Angelou and other international figures such as Harry Belafonte.

No booking required. Suitable for all ages.

Screening of Maya Angelou - And Still I Rise

Wednesday 11 October, 6.30-9pm, Dalston C.L.R. James Library

The first documentary about the iconic writer, poet, performer and activist who overcame racism and devastating abuse to become one of our culture's greatest voices.

Rare footage and photos unveil an intimate and often unknown view of her public and personal life with the power of her own words. 2016, 114 minutes.

No booking required. For ages 18+.

Celebrating Black History Month

Thursday 12 October, 11am-12 noon, Clapton Library

Join in with our friendly session when we will celebrating Black culture through music, food and stories.

No booking required. Under 5s session.

Caribbean memories coffee morning

Thursday 12 October, 11am-12.30pm, Hackney Museum

Come and reminisce and share stories about the Caribbean, from memories of childhood, visiting relatives or holiday experiences. Be inspired by the Island to Island: Journeys Through the Caribbean photography exhibition and items from the Museum's collections. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

No booking required. Suitable for adults. Caribbean elders are particularly encouraged.

Life Doesn't Frighten Me

Friday 13 October, 11am-12 noon, Hackney Central Library

Maya Angelou's poem celebrates the courage in us all. Join us for black history themed stories especially for the under 5s. Stay and play colouring sheets after the session.

No booking required. Under 5s session.

Quiz Club

Saturday 14 October, 2-4pm, Hackney Central Library

Learn Black History facts and figures at our friendly and relaxed quiz club.   

No booking required. For ages 7+.

Shoreditch Beads

Saturday 14 October, 2-4pm, Shoreditch Library

Join us and create your very own African inspired bracelet or necklace using a selection of beads, materials and colours.

No booking required. For ages 6-15.

Maya Angelou poetry discussion

Monday 16 October, 6-7.30pm, Stoke Newington Library

Stoke Newington Library's poetry reading group will be running a special one-off session to read and discuss Maya Angelou's poetry.

All are welcome, and no advance reading is required, though some advance copies are available for people who are interested - please email calum.docherty@hackney.gov.uk.

No booking required. For ages 16+.

Tinga Tinga Time - under 5s session

Tuesday 17 October, 11am-12 noon, Homerton Library

Come and join us on our special Tinga Tinga adventure with stories based on African folk tales. No booking required. .

Chatterbooks: An African Journey

Tuesday 17 October, 4-5pm, Clapton Library

Meet visiting author Barbara Ellis as she shares stories about Sista and Breda Anancy and make your own Anancy spider to take away.

No booking required. For ages 8-12.

Maya Angelou Creative Workshop

Tuesday 17 October, 4-5pm, Stoke Newington Library

Come and take part in a creative workshop, making collage posters with Maya Angelou inspired quotes.

No booking required. For ages 5+ with parents or carers.

Stories Still Unfolding and Caged Birds Still Singing

Tuesday 17 October, 6-9pm, Shoreditch Library

This year the House of AMAU Black History Month event will feature the African Heritage Writers reading from their own work, including pieces from their forthcoming anthology of poetry and prose that takes a creative look at the experiences of African Heritage women whose menfolk went off to fight in World War One.

The group will also read from the works of Maya Angelou who passed over in May 2014 and there will be stories from Africa and the Caribbean told by Sandra Agard and Griot Chinyere.

No booking required. Suitable for all ages, although perhaps best appreciated by people aged 14 and above. 

Maya Angelou: Why is she so important to Black British Writers?

Wednesday 18 October, 6.30-7.45pm, Dalston C.L.R. James Library

Maya Angelou is a global legend. Her prolific writing, civil rights activism and impressive oratory skills have inspired generations of writers, including British writers of colour. From I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie, Angelou has left an indelible mark on our literary heritage.

Words of Colour Productions' executive director Joy Francis will chair a celebratory panel discussion on Angelou's influence on Black British writing and writers. Panellists include comedian, actor, writer and playwright Angie Le Mar, literary activist and academic Kadija George Sesay, award-winning civil rights lawyer Marcia Willis Stewart and Nigerian-British poet, actor, and creative producer Gabriel Akamo.

No booking required. For ages 18+.

Still I Rise - Poetry Workshop

Thursday 19 October, 5.30-7.30pm, Hackney Central Library

A facilitated workshop discussing Maya Angelou's iconic poem and a collection of her other works. Join us for an evening studying Maya's inspiring and revolutionary prose in an informal and friendly atmosphere.

No booking required. For ages 18+.

Caribbean Through a Lens: photographer's talk

Thursday 19 October, 6.30pm-7.45pm, Hackney Museum

Join photographer Tim Smith for an illustrated talk about the Island to Island: Journeys through the Caribbean exhibition at Hackney Museum. Discover how his personal experience of growing up in the Caribbean has shaped his career as a photographer and researcher and the stories of migration and identity that have influenced his work.

Booking via Eventbrite - Caribbean Through a Lens. For ages 16+.

Life Doesn't Frighten Me

Friday 20 October, 11am-12 noon, Hackney Central Library

Maya Angelou's poem celebrates the bravery in us all. Join us for Black History themed stories especially for the under 5s. Stay and play with colouring sheets after the session.

No booking required. An under 5s session.

African mask making

Friday 20 October, 4-5pm, Stamford Hill Library

Get creative. Come and design and make your own African mask.

No booking required. For ages 5+.

Film screening - Legacy in the Dust: The Four Aces Club

Saturday 21 October, 1.30-4.30pm, Hackney Archives

Dalston's Four Aces Club has been called London's equivalent of the New York Apollo. Featuring Don Letts, Dennis Bovell, Bunny Lee, Trevor Saxon, Dennis Alcapone, The Prodigy and many more, Winstan Whitter's Legacy in the Dust charts the rise of Black British music in Hackney and beyond and the demise of heritage at the expense of gentrification.

Booking via Eventbrite - Legacy in the Dust. Suitable for all ages.

Chess, dominos and games club for ages 7-14

Saturday 21 October, 2-4pm, Hackney Central Library

Come slap down some dominos Caribbean style. If you would like to learn how to play, come along. All abilities welcome. 

No booking required.

Get Up, Stand Up: Songs from the Caribbean

Wednesday 25 October, 1-2.30pm, Hackney Museum

Join Hackney Museum's resident artists from Advance UK for an afternoon of music, songs and art inspired by the Caribbean. Advance UK support adults with learning disabilities to explore identity and use the museum's collections about Black British history and heritage in Hackney to create original artworks and music. 

No booking required. Suitable for all ages.

Black History Month Treasure Hunt

Wednesday 25 October, 1-4pm, Hackney Central Library

Take part in our popular treasure hunt-Find clues around the library. Stay and play colouring sheets and word searches also provided.

No booking required. Suitable for all ages.

African Mask Making for Children

Wednesday 25 October, 2-3.30pm, Dalston C.L.R. James Library

Celebrate Black History Month by making your own African mask.

No booking required. For ages 4-11.

Black SuperSheroes

Wednesday 25 October, 6-7.30pm, Shoreditch Library

With a misrepresentation of women of colour and various body types within the media, the Black Supersheroes series looks at iconic images of female characters and remasters them to reflect the woman of colour of today.

Ever wondered what Wonder Woman would look like with dreadlocks or a fuller figure? Then join Ese Akpojoto, Founder/Designer, Sweet Design Studio at her Shoreditch Library Pop up where you can view her works and take part in a discussion, followed by a Q&A session.

No booking required. Suitable for all ages.

Black SuperSheroes

Thursday 26 October, 12.30pm-2pm, Shoreditch Library

Join Ese Akpojoto to view her work and have fun creating your very own supersheroes.

No booking required. For ages 7-14.

Journeys through Sound: African-Caribbean drumming workshop

Thursday 26 October, 2-3.30pm, Dalston C.L.R. James Library

Join Etienne Joseph for a family drumming workshop taking you on a rhythmic journey through the history of the drum - moving from Africa to the Caribbean. No drumming experience required. Drums provided.

No booking required. Suitable for all ages, but children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

African badge making and carnival masks

Thursday 26 October, 2-4pm, Hackney Central Library

Make a badge from a range of beautiful African themed textures and colours. Make a fun, bright mask celebrating the carnival spirit.

No booking required. Suitable for all ages.

Island Hoppers: Journeys through the Caribbean 

Thursday 26 October, 2-4pm, Hackney Museum

Discover the sights, stories and sounds of the Caribbean and create your own island inspired artwork with storytellers and artists, inspired by Hackney Museum's Island to Island: Journeys through the Caribbean exhibition.

No booking required. For families.

Still I Rise... Praise Songs of Survival

Thursday 26 October, 2-4pm, Stamford Hill Library

This session led by Sandra Agard, will look at the stories of 'Black folks' around the world that have shaped and moulded Black life then and now.

Come and discover what life was like for: Phillis Wheatley, Ignatius Sancho, Nanny of the Maroons, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Bessie Coleman, Claudia Jones, Dr Maya Angelou to name but a few. Discover their powerful stories and create your own praise songs, poems and stories in their honour.

No booking required. Suitable for all ages.

Black SuperSheroes

Thursday 26 October, 4.30-6pm, Shoreditch Library

Join Ese Akpojoto, founder and designer of Sweet Design Studio at her Shoreditch Library pop up where you can view her work and take part in a discussion and Q&A session.

No booking required. Suitable for all ages.

Film screening - Hidden Figures

Thursday 26 October, 6-8pm, Homerton Library

Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures is about the Black female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Space Race.

Contact Homerton Library to book, with your name and phone number. Parental Guidance (PG). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Quiz Club

Saturday 28 October, 2-4pm, Hackney Central Library

Learn Black history facts and figures at our friendly and relaxed quiz club.   

No booking required. For ages 7+.

#BlackHistoriesMatter

Saturday 28 October, 2-5pm, Hackney Museum

African and Caribbean people have lived in Hackney for hundreds of years. Join Young Hackney for a museum takeover revealing the poetry, petitions and protests of African and Caribbean young people in the past that have shaped Hackney today.   

No booking required. Suitable for all ages.

My Hackney - Black History walk 2

Sunday 29 October, 11am-12.30pm, Start point: Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Square, Dalston, E8 3BQ

This walk takes you on a journey where you will hear about Centerprise, 4 Aces National Front, Mr Newmont, World War 2, Sus, Commission for Racial Equality, Colin Roach and more.

Booking: contact us on 020 8356 7459/4897 or surbjit.mahey@hackney.gov.uk.

Our Rainbow in Our Clouds - The Life and Times of Dr. Maya Angelou

Monday 30 October, 6-8pm, Stoke Newington Library

Come and discover the phenomenal life and times of Dr. Maya Angelou with Sandra Agard.

Poet, writer, storyteller, activist, dancer, recording artist, actress, composer, playwright, director, mentor, essayist, autobiographer, professor - her list of accomplishments were endless. What impact has Dr Maya Angelou had on your life? We will be looking at moments in her spellbinding life. 

No booking required. For ages 16+.

A Tribute to Darcus Howe - His Life and Legacy

Tuesday 31 October, 6-8pm, Dalston C.L.R. James Library

A tribute to the life and legacy of an anti-racist campaigner and political activist Darcus Howe (1943-2017).

Darcus Howe who died earlier this year was outspoken in promoting black self-determination. An activist, writer and broadcaster, he inspired many of his generation. He organised against racism and police brutality and inspired a whole generation of black radicals.

His life and legacy will be celebrated with a presentation by Patrick Vernon OBE and a new generation of organisers in the black community such as Deji Adeoshun, youth programmes manager at Hackney CVS and local reggae singer and community activist Stushie, who has led a number of projects with local black youth. The panel will be chaired by local community organiser Andrea Enisuoh.

No booking required. Suitable for all ages.

Race, Place and Photography: Caribbean stories

Thursday 2 November, 6pm-7.30pm, Hackney Museum

Come and share your photographs, memories or personal items that you associate with home, arrival and belonging. Find out how your family photographs and memories of celebrations, festivals, events and everyday life in Hackney can help shape our understanding of our borough's rich histories. Together with local artist Ekua McMorris look at how different communities have shaped Hackney starting with African and Caribbean experiences.

Please bring your photographs or personal items for the workshops.

Booking via Eventbrite - Race, Place and Photography. For ages 16+.

Sports and Leisure - The Great Sports Debate 2

Thursday 2 November, 6-9.30pm, Hackney Town Hall

Back in 2013 a pioneering event took place at Hackney Picturehouse as part of Black History Season: a Question Time-style panel debate with a star-studded panel including Olympic and world 400m champion Christine Ohurugu, who debated contemporary issues surrounding sport, physical activity and the experiences of black people in this field. After two hours of strong debate, questions from the floor and candid views from all parties there was still much left unsaid, that still needs to be heard.

Once again a scintillating panel will be brought together to debate the issues that affect us all. Alongside the debate, there will be a display of Ernest Simons' iconic sports photography, highlighting the depth and creative talent of Black people that's often marginalised or dismissed by the mainstream media. After its launch at the debate the exhibition will be on display at two Hackney venues until March 2018.

This will be a free ticketed event which will be limited in number, so book early to get yours. Book via The Great Sports Debate 2

Ancestry talks with Paul Crooks: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Roots

Wednesday 8 November, 6-7.30pm, Hackney Central Library

Trailblazing family historian Paul Crooks, author of Ancestors, traced his family back 6 generations to Ami Djaba who lived in the Krobo Mountains of Ghana. Paul's acclaimed novel and appearance on Who Do You Think You Are? inspired a generation to start exploring Black and British ancestry. Paul will talk about his book and his journey to find his family history as a case study. Join us for this exclusive and informative event.

No booking required. For ages 16+.

Black British music in Hackney

Thursday 9 November, 6-7.30pm, Hackney Museum

Come and share your stories, memories and memorabilia of Black British music in Hackney. Help Hackney Museum find out more about the people, places and events that have shaped the sounds of the borough for a special exhibition in October 2018.

Booking via Eventbrite - Black British music in Hackney. Suitable for all ages.

Young, Gifted and... Rich - Calling all Ultrapreneurs

Saturday 11 November, 11.30am-1pm

You're never too young to turn a great idea into a business. Inspired by the story of Ridley Road's Dyke & Dryden, Britain's first multi-million pound black-owned enterprise, join Ultrakids' young entrepreneurs' coach Chileshe Hall for a fun, interactive product design and marketing workshop helping children to understand business from idea to marketplace.

Booking: email archives@hackney.gov.uk or telephone 020 8356 6044. For ages 6-12.

Museum of Grooves: a Hackney Archives BHM takeover

Thursday 16 November, 6.30-8.30pm

The SS Sankofa touches down at Hackney Archives for a unique on-location broadcast. Let 24th Century MC Patrick Vernon and some very special guests take you Black to 2300AD with music and words celebrating 30 years of Hackney's contribution to Black History Month; asking the question, 'How much black is there in the Union Jack?'

Find out more about the Museum of Grooves

Memoir writing workshop: Hackney, My Hackney

Saturday 18 November, 1-4pm

We all have our Hackney stories to tell. Come and explore the unique and untold stories of African and Caribbean people in the borough and think about how to share your own story about living, working, learning or loving in Hackney. If you have always wanted to write a memoir but don't know where to start, this workshop with Andrea Enisuoh will set you on the path.

Booking via Eventbrite - Hackney, My Hackney. Suitable for all ages.

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