Celebrating Black history and culture
Get involved in free, local events 365 days a year
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!
Check back soon for the announcement of the 2023 BH365 programme of events.
In conversation with Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE
Thursday 1 December
The mother of murdered Stephen Lawrence, Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE, spoke about her life’s work, and how you can become a part of the change that society needs to see to be a more fair and equal place.
‘When it comes to diversity and inclusion, are you really listening?’
Thursday 10 November
Led by speaker Carmen Morris (found and managing director of Kenroi Consulting) took residents through an informative session on the necessity and impact of good diversity, equality, and inclusion practices for businesses.
Black History, legacy, past, present and future
Thursday 29 September
This session will took attendees through Black history; how it has been written, its impact and legacy, and what it may look like in the future. Guest speakers included 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, and Tony Warner, Author and Founder of Black History Walks.
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.
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.
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.cultural competency. The Black Nursery Manager
More Things to do
- Islington Assembly Hall
- Volunteering in Islington
- Playground equipment for disabled children
- Celebrating Black history and culture
- Four accessible activities in Islington parks
- Women’s football
- Community gardening in Cally Park
- Five things to do in parks
- Islington Borough Ladies FC football sessions
- Islington walking and running routes
- Five ways to explore Islington on foot
- Tufnell Park Market
- Whitecross Street Market
- Camden Passage
- Stroud Green Market
- Exmouth Market
- Archway Market
- Islington Farmers’ Market
- Chapel Market
- Nag’s Head indoor market
- Nag’s Head open-air weekend market
- Free accessible sports
- Over-55s men’s club
- Finsbury Park Singers
- Free fitness classes with Healthy Generations
- Health and history walks
- Park cuppa
- Summer Reading Challenge
- Best parks for… water fun
- Free swimming lessons
- Free upcycling workshops
- All aboard the mail rail
- Dementia-friendly Islington
- St Mary’s festival
- Free fun at your local library
- Christmas lights events
- Apple Day