Black History Month

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Black History Month takes place during October and Islington libraries are celebrating with a full programme of events. Here are our top picks:

Exploring Black and British ancestry with Paul Crooks
Trailblazing family historian Paul Crooks (author of Ancestors) traced his family back six generations to Ami Djaba who was living in the Krobo Mountain, Ghana. Paul’s acclaimed novel and appearance on Who Do You Think You Are? (Moira Stuart) 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.

When: Tuesday 2 October, from 6pm-7pm
Where: Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street, EC1V 4NB
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Power of 21 Book Launch
Want to start a career and learn how to be successful? Ever wondered what it takes to get to the next level? Well this is a must read! The Power of 21 is a motivational empowerment book packed with inspirational stories from successful individuals sharing their experiences and expertise across various industries and professions. Contributors include; Zawe Ashton, Akala, Dina Asher-Smith, Danny Richman, Christine Hodgson, Paul Young, Danielle Carter and many more. This book sets out to inspire the young people and students of today to achieve their dreams and transform their lives. It’s amazing what you can achieve when an industry professional can show you how.
When: Monday 8 October, 6-8pm,
Where: Islington Central Library, 2 Fieldway Crescent, N5 1PF
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Sounds like London
Best Selling Author Lloyd Bradley talks about his book Sounds like London – 100 years of Black music in the capital. Telling the story of London’s black music and the larger-than-life characters making it, journeying from Soho jazz clubs to Finsbury Park blues dances to King’s Cross warehouse raves to the nation’s pop charts, and how sound system culture redefined British youth culture. Alongside this journey through musical history of London, is the story of the shaping of a city, and in turn the whole nation, though immigration.

When: Thursday 18 October, from 6.30pm-8pm
Where: Islington Central Library, 2 Fieldway Crescent, N5 1PF
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