Celebrating Black history and culture

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Islington Council’s Black History Working group is excited to bring you a range of events all about Black history, culture, literature, life and learning, packed with opportunities to listen, learn, share, remember and reflect. There’s something for everyone to enjoy including thought-provoking discussions, history sessions, networking events, and much more.  

Islington Council’s staff group, the Black History Working Group, have collaborated with council colleagues, community leaders, local voluntary organisations, and others to bring these events to life, and share with everyone in Islington and the wider community a year-round approach to Black history, culture and its associated factors. We all know Black history should not start and stop in Black History Month, so let’s all #ChangeTheNarrative and dig into the upcoming events, all of which are free 


Upcoming events:

Black History, legacy, past, present and future, 6–7.30pm

Thursday 29 September

This session will take attendees through Black history; how it has been written, its impact and legacy, and what it may look like in the future. Join us for an evening of essential dialogue and hear from our guest speakers;

  • Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, Director of TRIBUTE INSPIRATIONS LIMITED and Founder of Black History Month UK
  • Patricia Lamour, Co-Founder and CEO of Aspire Education Group and the GEEDA (Gender Education & Enterprise for Africa) network
  • Dr Jak Beula, Founder the Nubian Jak Group
  • Tony Warner, Author and Founder of Black History Walks

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Past events:

Black history synergy
Thursday 8 September

This event boasted two formidable educators from two continents, North America and Europe. Guest speakers Ernest Crim III and Danny Thompson shared knowledge and lesser-known facts related to Black history.


Brilliant parenting
Thursday 7 July

Parenting is one of life’s special privileges. However, the complexity of parenting is often unfairly examined. Meave Darroux took guests through an array of parenting subjects. Meave is the chief executive officer of Brilliant Parents, a social enterprise she co-founded in 2017 to help parents.


Representation matters
Thursday 9 June

Representation matters, so that the full story can be told. With guests Chidiebere Ibe and Kandace Chimbiri, this session covered how representation is essential to how individuals in society build their perspectives on their own ethnic-racial group, as well as that of others.


Black male educator, visibility and identity in the early years and childcare sector
Thursday 23 June

The session with guests Jamal C Campbell and Joss Cambridge-Simmons covered the role of Black men working in the education and early years sectors, and how it is still widely viewed as a female profession, with men representing only a small percentage of the workforce.


George Floyd anniversary event: two years on, where are we now?
Wednesday 25 May 

This event was a a critical conversation with guest speakers Lee Jasper, Kay Rufai, Dean Okia Snr. “Say His Name! If something needs to change, that’s when a conversation becomes critical, silence is not an option.”


World Afro Day: ending hair discrimination, together
Thursday 28 April 

With speaker Michelle DeLeon, this important event taught people more about Afro hair discrimination and what is being done to address it. Michelle discussed her ground breaking report, researching UK Teachers, Afro hair and Equality Law.


Misogynoir and the history of the image of African women in Western Europe
Tuesday 29 March 

With esteemed cultural historian Michael I. Ohajuru, this lively talk featured discussions of image and art, all the way from the Queen of Sheba to the twenty-first century Black woman! Michael I. Ohajuru is a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, he holds an honours degrees in Physics and Art History. Michael, blogs, writes and speaks regularly on the Black presence in Renaissance Europe.


Rachel Clarke, educating the educators is the key to sustained change
Tuesday 1 March 

Rachel, a deputy headteacher and the granddaughter of the first Black headteacher in Wales, Betty Campbell, told attendees about her educational anti-racist programmes. These activities help to implement positive change, as she works with leaders to ensure racial equity is embedded throughout schools. For more information visit Apex Education consultancy (apex-education.co.uk) or Promote Equality websites.


In conversation with Dr Shola 8 December 2021

Dr Shola delved into topics such as race and racial justice, intersectional anti-racism work, women in leadership, and the importance of transformative systemic change. Dr Shola is a formidable force, her work is inclusive, exciting and focused and is a vitally important voice for our society. Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu.


In conversation with Joanna Abeyie MBE 14 September 2021

A social impact entrepreneur and award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Joanna has spent the last 14 years increasing the employment of diverse talent through inclusive hiring practices and working cultures.


Developing racial literacy: moving beyond allyship towards solidarity 3 November 2021

This talk from Dr Muna Abdi will centre on the importance of developing racial literacy and how to move beyond being an ally, towards a space of solidarity. Dr Muna Abdi has more than 10 years’ experience in anti-racist research, training and development. Dr Abdi has previously worked as a university lecturer and is now the founder and director of MA Education Consultancy, a community interest company that works to bridge the gap between community voice and institutional change.


Cultural Appropriation vs Cultural Appreciation 6 July 2021

Liz Folarin has over ten years of experience working in children  and  adult social worker. Here, she has seen the impacts of institutional and structural racism on communities and has tirelessly campaigned and advocated for better outcomes. This session will take a deep dive into this issue of Appropriation vs Cultural Appreciation. https://www.thebipocbookcase.org/shop


Allyship – True Meaning 17 June 2021

Shereen Daniels is also the Vice Chair of the Black Business Association London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  Shereen is an advocate for anti-racism in business and is a sought after key note speaker and panellist.  Shereen Daniels is also the Vice Chair of the Black Business Association London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  Shereen is an advocate for anti-racism in business and is a sought after key note speaker and panellist.  This talk focussed on  allyship, and how people of all races can become allies to Black people today. Sign In | LinkedIn


George Floyd: One year on, where are we now? 25 May 2021

This anniversary event focussed on the difference a year makes and reflected on the  progress that has been set in motion, in addition to what steps are required for system reform and greater change. Guest speakers included Mervyn Weir, Tambo Silavwe, Dr. Ogugua-Gee Okolo-Angus, Claudia-Liza Vanderpuije, and Sean Fletcher.


In Conversation with Inspiring Vanessa 14 May 2021

Vanessa is an international multi-award winning motivational speaker, presenter and content creator, and author of two books – ‘The 5 Secrets to Public Speaking Success, Vanessa’s Book of Quotes – Inspiration on the go! and an Audio book – the 12 keys to success. Vanessa’s event took on the form of an in conversation with select panel of young people, where the lines of communication where opened on the topic of racism and anti-racist practice. Home | Inspiring Vanessa


Anti -Racism in Social Work 28 April 2021

Wayne Reid is a Professional Officer, Social Worker and Anti-racism Visionary for BASW England and lives in Sheffield. Wayne qualified as a Social Worker in 2010, but the entirety of his social care experience spans nearly 20 years. He has worked in: private fostering; the Probation Service; youth offending; adult mental health; child protection and with care leavers. This session focused on Wayne’s presentation will focus on anti-racism in social work. Visit Wayne’s LinkedIn profile.


Unlocking Potential in Children and Young People 21 April 2021

David C. Hall is a bestselling author of The Empowering Parent. A book designed to give parents and child related practitioners the cutting-edge strategies that will unlock potential in children and young people. This session focused on David 7 key principles any parent, guardian, child related practitioners can use that will unlock potential in the children, to allow them to flourish not only academically, but emotionally. Home – Potential Unlocked


Start With Yourself 10 March 2021

Laura Henry-Allain MBE, is an expert international award-winning Early Education specialist, consultant, author and scriptwriter. This talk focussed on how we can become part of the change and educators having the tools to effectively challenge racism and make their practice indeed anti-racist”. Laura Henry-Allain MBE – Working With You to Achieve Success! (laurahenryallain.com)


A consideration of the Black child in the early years 25 February 2021

Liz Pemberton is the Director of The Black Nursery Manager Ltd – a training & consultancy company which focuses on anti-racist practice within Early Years.
This talk focussed on the pedagogical approach towards effective cultural competency. The Black Nursery Manager

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