Black History Month 2020

  • 04
  • Aug

Welcome to Black History Month 2020!  

Throughout October, you can celebrate Black History Month with a bursting programme of online events! All events are free, but you will need to register your place and you will be sent a Zoom link so you can join in.  

There’s something for everyone to enjoy including musical performances, thought-provoking discussions, history sessions, networking events, and more. 

View the full programme now

If you would like a BSL (British Sign Language) interpreter, please contact for further information. Please give as much notice as possible. A guide will be provided upon booking which explains how to access our online events.

Some of the highlights include a night of online conversation with David Lammy MP for Tottenham, music and movement online classes, Caribbean and West African cooking classes, black history walking tour of Islington, Caribbean dance classes, an online children’s book reading, an online talk about the Black British Civil Rights Movement, help to become a Black or Minority Ethnic charity Trustee, writing for self-care workshops, and much, much more 

So, whether your passion is for music, food, local history or current affairs, there are numerous opportunities for you to share, learn, listen, think, remember, challenge, and be challenged during Black History Month. 

We can’t wait for you to get stuck in!  

If you would like the Black History Month programme in large print or Braille, audiotape or in another language, please telephone 020 7527 2000. If you would like a BSL signer, please contact for further information. Please give as much notice as possible. 

Other ways to get involved 


The Islington Heritage Service is asking for your help to celebrate Islington’s Black community with a #BlackLivesMatter collage. On display at Islington Local History Centre and online, the collage will be gradually created throughout Black History Month from images collected from residents, staff and archives of Islington. Images collected will also be added to the Centre’s archive collection for future generations to view and research. Details on how to contribute are here. 


You can also get involved with an extensive and fascinating book list in response to Black Lives Matter, compiled by Islington Libraries.  

Arts and crafts

The Liliesleaf Trust UK is creating a Centre of Memory and Learning (CML), within the former headquarters of the African National Congress (ANC) at 28 Penton Street, Islington. The CML will be dedicated to the heritage of the South African liberation struggle, international solidarity with racial injustice and anti-apartheid activism. Highlighting the contributions of Black, Asian and people of mixed heritage to the struggle is central to the CML’s mission as is supporting learning from and about diverse and inclusive histories. As part of Islington’s Black History Month 2020 celebration, the Trust has created two family craft and design activities that invites you to help design a new community learning garden for the borough.

Suitable for ages 10+ (or younger with support) the Cultivate a Garden activity resource can be downloaded here. All you need is a few sheets of paper and some recycled material/ items commonly found around the home. Supporting materials for the 2-D activity (option 1 Garden floorplan download here) or 3-D activity (option 2 Elevations download here) are provided.

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