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Black History Month 2011

Black history month is important in the Southwark calendar. Over the last 20 years, activities, workshops and performances have evolved creatively working with our many communities and this year’s programme will be exciting and thought provoking. Black history month promotes our many different communities and is an opportunity for us to think about equalities and what it means and to promote understanding and respect between communities.

It promotes equality in every strand of living, which makes for success in our communities whereby respect, understanding and values are shared for the same common goals. It also helps us remember the reputable achievements and contributions of the African and Caribbean Diasporas in our communities and to educate diasporas of their cultural backgrounds.

This year the events and activities will mainly be held during the four weekends of October so that as many people as possible will be able to attend and they will take place in prominent and easily accessible venues, to promote togetherness and to make us think that we are one community. We will encourage all members of the community and Council members to attend activities that have been put together for this programme.

Black history month events

Franklyn Rodgers touring exhibition

On Friday 15 July 2011 – Friday 30 September 2011 at The Old Town Hall (Corridor leading to One Stop Shop),151Walworth Road,SE17 1RY

I love black history month

On Friday 7 October 2011 – Friday 28 October 2011 at Southwark Salvation Army, 1 Princess Street, SE1 6HH

Southwark Salvation Army invites you to celebrate cultural heritage with a range of exciting workshops for young people.

Southwark black history walk

On Sunday 9 October 2011 at Metropolitan Tabernacle, Elephant andCastle,SE1 6SD

Join us for a guided black history walk through nearly 300 years of the black presence in Southwark.

Network by Sonia Boyce

On Tuesday 13 September 2011 – Saturday 19 November 2011 at Peckham Space 89 Peckham High Street, SE15 5RS

Network is a specially commissioned film by artist Sonia Boyce.

Drumhead African drumming workshop

On Saturday 8 October 2011 at Peckham Space,89Peckham High Street,SE15 5RS

African drumming workshops for all the family, and every level and ability.

Film: Bamako

On Sunday 9 October 2011 at Peckham Library,122Peckham Hill Street,SE15 5JT

Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work and the couple are on the verge of breaking up.

Bonnie Greer in conversation with Sonia Boyce at Peckham Space

On Tuesday 11 October 2011 at Peckham Space,89Peckham High Street,SE15 5RS

Join ‘in conversation’, Bonnie Greer, cultural critic, and Sonia Boyce, commissioned artist for Peckham Space’s fifth exhibition, Network.

Film: White Material

On Saturday 15 October 2011 at Dulwich Library,386Lordship Lane,SE22 8NB

Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher) gives an extraordinary performance as Maria Vial, the formidable owner of a coffee plantation in a former French African colony.

Drumhead African drumming workshop

On Sunday 16 October 2011 at Dulwich Library,386Lordship Lane,SE22 8NB

African drumming workshop for the entire family, and all levels.

NARM African British civil rights history: Dr Harold Moody and beyond

On Sunday 16 October 2011 at Dulwich Library,386Lordship Lane,SE22 8NB

Discover and learn more about the civil rights movement in Britain.

Through Southwark’s eyes: the phenomenon called Empire Windrush

On Saturday 22 October 2011 at Dulwich Library,386Lordship Lane,SE22 8NB

Explore their life journey through film, photography, literature and the spoken word from the mouths of high profile personalities, academics and the passengers themselves.

Black history month at the Bird in Bush Centre

On Monday 3 October 2011 – Monday 31 October 2011 at Bird in Bush Centre, 616 OldKentRoad,SE15 1JB

The Bird in Bush Children’s Centre is hosting a series of events to celebrate black history month, the journey: past, present, future.

Southwark black history walk

On Saturday 22 October 2011 at Meeting outside the Bird in Bush Centre

Join us for a guided black history walk through nearly 300 years of the black presence in Southwark and meet those that changed history, as well as those whose lives were unsung.

Film: Kirikou

On Saturday 22 October 2011 at Bird in Bush Centre, 616 Old Kent Road,SE15 1JB

Tiny but brave Kirikou outwits a powerful sorceress; this enchanting adventure was inspired by the folk stories of Senegal.

Prayer 4 Haiti exhibition

On Monday 3 October 2011 – Monday 31 October 2011 at Corridor leading to Walworth One Stop Shop, The Cuming Museum, 151 Walworth Road, SE17 1RY

Oladije Kareem’s work explores the role of the prayer as a form of psychological relief for an individual during times of crisis.

Family big draw for black history month

On Tuesday 25 October 2011 at TheCumingMuseum,151Walworth Road,SE17 1RY

An artist led, family workshop exploring traditional, decorative and pattern making techniques inspired by African objects from theCumingMuseum’s collection.

Origins of black history month in the UK: a Black Cultural Archives talk

On Tuesday 25 October 2011 at The Cuming Museum,151Walworth Road,SE17 1RY

An evening talk on the history of black history month and Ansel Wong, one of the founders of black history month in the UK.

Exploring patterns: Big Draw for black history month

On Wednesday 26 October 2011 at TheCumingMuseum,151Walworth Road,SE17 1RY

A Big Draw workshop, designed by young people, for young people.

Cuming explorers

On Thursday 27 October 2011 at TheCumingMuseum,151Walworth Road,SE17 1RY

At this weekly under fives session explore music fromAfricawith Paul.

Hidden messages within

On Thursday 27 October 2011 at TheCumingMuseum,151Walworth Road,SE17 1RY

Join artist Gloria F Y Ojulari Sule to create artworks inspired by Sudanese charm bracelets from the Cuming Museum’s collection

The inspirational journey of Fela Kuti

On Friday 28 October 2011 at TheCumingMuseum,151Walworth Road,SE17 1RY

A free interactive exhibition for the whole family, including a spectacular fashion show based on the music and life of Fela Kuti.

Southwark black history walk

On Saturday 29 October 2011 at meeting at the entrance to The Cuming Museum,151Walworth Road,SE17 1RY

A guided black history walk through nearly 300 years of the black presence in Southwark.

Drumhead African drumming workshop

On Saturday 29 October 2011 at The Cuming Museum,151Walworth Road,SE17 1RY

Free African drumming workshops for the entire family, and all levels.

Hidden messages within

On Saturday 29 October 2011 at The Cuming Museum,151Walworth Road,SE17 1RY

Join artist Gloria F Y Ojulari Sule to create artworks inspired by Sudanese charm bracelets from the Cuming Museum’s collection.

Rattling your family closet

On Wednesday 19 October 2011 at John Harvard Library,211Borough High Street,SE1 1JA

Who do you think you are? Digging deep for your family tree. For ages 18 years and over.

Explore your Caribbean ancestry

On Saturday 22 October 2011 – Thursday 27 October 2011 at John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High Street, SE1 1JA

Who do you think you are? Unlock the treasures of the archive and search your family history.

From Ellington to Reggaeton

On Saturday 1 October 2011 at Brandon Library, Maddock Way, Cooks Road, SE17 3NH

Marcus and Jessica perform a mix of black pop. It could be a Duke Ellington toe tapper or a Prince Buster tip. Come along and find out. Suitable for adults.

From Ellington to Reggaeton

On Thursday 20 October 2011 at Brandon Library, Maddock Way, Cooks Road, SE17 3NH

Marcus and Jessica perform a mix of black pop. It could be a Duke Ellington toe tapper or a Prince Buster tip. Come along and find out. Suitable for adults.

Animals from Africa

On Thursday 13 October 2011 at Brandon Library, Maddock Way, Cooks Road, SE17 3NH

Make animals from the African continent, using recycled materials and make a zany zebra, radical rhino or incredible impala. Suitable for children.

Make African musical instruments

On Monday 24 October 2011 at Brandon Library, Maddock Way, Cooks Road, SE17 3NH

Make musical instruments such as a Djembe drum.

Family fun with Anansi

On Saturday 1 October 2011 at Camberwell Library,17-21 Camberwell Church Street,SE5 8TR

Discover the wonder of Anansi, and make an Anansi puppet, and find out other fascinating facts about spiders. Suitable for families.

For those about to rock we salute you

On Tuesday 18 October 2011 at Camberwell Library,17-21 Camberwell Church Street,SE5 8TR

From Chuck Berry to Lenny Kravitz, think you know your music? Come and test your knowledge. Suitable for ages 18 years and over.

In the land of the Shak Shak tree

On Monday 24 October 2011 at Camberwell Library,17-21 Camberwell Church Street,SE5 8TR

Come and discover fun and fantastic stories and get involved with storytelling. Suitable for families.

Camberwell’s got talent

On Tuesday 25 October 2011 at Camberwell Library,17-21 Camberwell Church Street,SE5 8TR

Come and show us your talent, whether it’s singing or dancing. Get involved with charades or our mega music quiz. Suitable for ages six to 16 years and families.

Black Britain on screen: talk with David Somerset and Tony Warner

On Wednesday 5 October 2011 at Dulwich Library,368Lordship Lane,SE22 8NB

Tony Warner with David Somerset, will present a selection of excerpts from key titles as well as introducing the groundbreaking and ongoing African Odysseys programme at the BFI Southbank.

Young black and Muslim in Britain: talk and discussion with author Richard Reddie

On Thursday 6 October 2011 at Dulwich Library,368Lordship Lane,SE22 8NB

Author, Richard Reddie, of Black Muslims inBritain, discusses this phenomenon that is rapidly changing the religious and cultural landscape of the UK.

Bob Marley evening: a celebration of Bob Marley talk and performance

On Monday 10 October 2011 at Dulwich Library,368Lordship Lane,SE22 8NB

A must-do date for all Bob Marley fans.

Jazz royalty: talk by Bernie Victor

On Tuesday 11 October 2011 at Dulwich Library,368Lordship Lane,SE22 8NB

Come on a journey that starts in New Orleans at the start of the 20th century and explore some of the world’s best loved Jazz music with Bernie Victor.

Daydream believer: Martin Luther King Jnr, a radical legacy

On Friday 21 October 2011 at Dulwich Library,368Lordship Lane,SE22 8NB

With the Arab uprising spreading and Greece rebelling, author Richard Reddie explores how Martin Luther King Jnr remains an inspiration to human rights movements today.

Baby and toddlers group

On Tuesday 11 October 2011 at Grove Vale Library, 25-27 Grove Vale, SE22 8EQ

Come along and make your Caribbean hats.

Black history month arts and crafts session

On Saturday 15 October 2011 at Grove Vale Library, 25-27 Grove Vale, SE22 8EQ

Kids, get creative and celebrate black history month at this arts and crafts session.

Poetry group: famous black poets

On Tuesday 18 October 2011 at Grove Vale Library, 25-27 Grove Vale, SE22 8EQ

Reading poems from Maya Angelou to Tupac Shakur, to celebrate Black History Month.

Jewellery making

On Thursday 20 October 2011 at Grove Vale Library, 25-27 Grove Vale, SE22 8EQ

Jackie will demonstrate beginners’ jewellery making, with the chance to make your own necklaces and bracelets. Suitable for adults.

Black history month quiz

On Tuesday 25 October 2011 at Grove Vale Library, 25-27 Grove Vale, SE22 8EQ

Win prizes in our brain-teasing quiz.

Carton elephants

On Thursday 27 October 2011 at Grove Vale Library, 25-27 Grove Vale, SE22 8EQ

Have fun making elephants out of cartons and other materials. Suitable for ages nine to 14 years and families.

African crafts

On Saturday 1 October 2011 – Saturday 29 October 2011 at John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High Street, SE1 1JA

An afternoon session of making your favourite African instrument, scariest African animal and listening to stories on Anansi.

Black Britain on screen

On Monday 10 October 2011 at John Harvard Library,211Borough High Street,SE1 1JA

Tony Warner with David will present a selection of excerpts from key titles as well as introducing the groundbreaking and ongoing African Odysseys programme at the BFI Southbank.

African mask making

On Friday 14 October 2011 at John Harvard Library,211Borough High Street,SE1 1JA

Make African masks, with acompetition for the most unusual masks made.

African mask making

On Wednesday 26 October 2011 at John Harvard Library,211Borough High Street,SE1 1JA

Make African masks, with acompetition for the most unusual masks made. Suitable for children aged five to 10 years.

Make African instruments

On Monday 24 October 2011 at John Harvard Library,211Borough High Street,SE1 1JA

Make African instruments and sing. Suitable for children aged five to 10 years.

Animals from Africa

On Tuesday 25 October 2011 at John Harvard Library,211Borough High Street,SE1 1JA

Choose your favourite animals and draw them. Suitable for children aged five to 10 years.

Making African patterns

On Thursday 27 October 2011 at John Harvard Library,211Borough High Street,SE1 1JA

An art workshop of African patterns, using a choice of varied African materials. Suitable for children aged five to 10 years.

Tutsi basket making

On Tuesday 4 October 2011 at Newington Library, 155 Walworth Road, SE17 1RS

Come along and try out a traditional African craft, using recycled paper to weave your own Tutsi basket.

Mask making

On Tuesday 11 October 2011 at Newington Library, 155 Walworth Road, SE17 1RS

Come along and try out a traditional African craft.

The life and times of Audre Lorde

On Tuesday 11 October 2011 at Newington Library, 155 Walworth Road, SE17 1RS

An illustrated talk by Sandra Agard on this great American poet Audre Lorde who was a self described “black lesbian, mother, warrior, poet”.

The poetry of Edward Kamau Brathwaite

On Monday 17 October 2011 at Newington Library, 155 Walworth Road, SE17 1RS

An introduction to the poetry of one of the major voices of Caribbean literature.

Chatterbooks

On Tuesday 18 October 2011 at Newington Library, 155 Walworth Road, SE17 1RS

Learn about Fon story picture clothes. The Fon people of Benin tell their legends and stories with brightly coloured cloth pictures.

Kente paper weaving

On Tuesday 25 October 2011 at Newington Library, 155 Walworth Road, SE17 1RS

Come along and try out a traditional African craft.

Musical craft

On Wednesday 26 October 2011 at Newington Library, 155 Walworth Road, SE17 1RS

Come along and create your own instruments such as an African drum or rainmaker using recycled materials.

Baby and toddler session

On Wednesday 28 September 2011 at Newington Library, 155 Walworth Road, SE17 1RS

Listen to stories about African animals, make animal masks and sing animal songs.

Storytime

On Friday 28 October 2011 at Newington Library, 155 Walworth Road, SE17 1RS

Listen to stories about African animals and make animal masks.

African animal crafts

On Saturday 29 October 2011 at Newington Library, 155 Walworth Road, SE17 1RS

Come along and creat your own African animals such as a freestanding elephant or lion mask, using recycled materials.

Safari animal masks

On Saturday 8 October 2011 at Nunhead Library, Gordon Road, SE15 3RW

Come and join our fun mask making session where you can choose to make an elephant, giraffe or lion mask.

Black history month quiz

On Thursday 13 October 2011 at Nunhead Library, Gordon Road, SE15 3RW

Test your knowledge of black history and culture in our fun and informative quiz.

Crazy crocodiles

On Thursday 20 October 2011 at Nunhead Library, Gordon Road, SE15 3RW

Make a crazy crocodile out of a range of creative craft materials and listen to an exciting crocodile story.

African storytelling

On Thursday 27 October 2011 at Nunhead Library, Gordon Road, SE15 3RW

Join us for a session of Anansi stories fromGhanaand find out what tricks Anansi is playing on his friends and enemies.

African Caribbean storytelling

On Tuesday 4 October 2011 at Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR

Join in an interactive session using African and Caribbean nursery rhymes, stories and music.

African and Caribbean recipe swap

On Thursday 6 October 2011 at Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR

Come along to Peckham Library with your favourite African and Caribbean recipes and swap them with other local culinary experts.

Black history month tiles

On Saturday 8 October 2011 at Peckham Library,122Peckham Hill Street,SE15 5JR

Your chance to design a tile inspired the theme of black history and culture, journeys, past, present and future.

Rhyme and reason poetry festival: poetry slam

On Saturday 8 October 2011 at Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR

Aspire Creativity and Southwark libraries present an evening focusing on spoken word skills and performance. Anyone can enter and the panel of judges will vote for the prize winner of the slam.

Rhyme and reason poetry festival: Patience Agbabi

On Wednesday 12 October 2011 at Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR

Part of the rhyme and reason poetry festival: Patience Agbabi, acclaimed poet and performer.

Our roots: talk and presentation by cartoonist Tayo Fatunla

On Friday 14 October 2011 at Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR

Join celebrated cartoonist Tayo Fatunla as he talks about his work and book Our Roots, which celebrates a range of black heroes throughout history.

Animals from Africa

On Monday 15 August 2011 atPeckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR

Learn about, and make, animals from the African continent using recycled materials.

Journeys to Peckham: personal stories from local writers

On Thursday 20 October 2011 at Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR

Join Sandra Agard in celebrating the personal stories and memories of the journeys local people have taken to be able to live in Peckham today.

Constance Briscoe at Peckham Library

On Saturday 22 October 2011 at Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR

Acclaimed author and barrister Constance Briscoe will be talking about her life and discussing her new novel ‘The Accused’.

Make African musical instruments

On Tuesday 25 October 2011 at Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR

Using recycled materials, make a variety of African instruments, such as drums, shakers, and rain sticks. Learn about traditional African instruments and make and decorate one to take home.

Black Flash: A Century of Black Footballers film screening

On Wednesday 26 October 2011 at Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR

Author Phil Vasili presents a screening of the BBC4 documentary Black Flash: A Century of Black Footballers.

African mask making

On Saturday 29 October 2011 atPeckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR

Children, use your imagination to make a variety of African masks that show different moods.

Black and write

On Saturday 1 October 2011 – Monday 31 October 2011 at Camberwell Library, 17-21 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8TR

A literary installation on the subject of black British icons at Camberwell library for the month featuring work led by spoken word artist Mark Thompson.

Beautiful Southwark: celebrating life stories of black elders at the Southwark Pensioners Centre

On Friday 7 October 2011 at Southwark Pensioners Centre, 305-307 Camberwell Road, SE5 0HQ

Look back with the reminiscence workshops at the Southwark Pensioners Centre, celebrating the life stories of elders from the black and minority ethnic community.

Beautiful Southwark: celebrating life stories of black elders at the Southwark Pensioners Centre

On Friday 14 October 2011 at Southwark Pensioners Centre, 305-307 Camberwell Road, SE5 0HQ

Look back with the reminiscence workshops at the Southwark Pensioners Centre, celebrating the life stories of elders from the black and minority ethnic community.

Beautiful Southwark: celebrating life stories of black elders at the Southwark Pensioners Centre

On Friday 28 October 2011 at Southwark Pensioners Centre, 305-307 Camberwell Road, SE5 0HQ

Look back with the reminiscence workshops at the Southwark Pensioners Centre, celebrating the life stories of elders from the black and minority ethnic community.

Beautiful Southwark: celebrating life stories of black elders at the Southwark Pensioners Centre

On Friday 21 October 2011 at Southwark Pensioners Centre, 305-307 Camberwell Road, SE5 0HQ

Look back with the reminiscence workshops at the Southwark Pensioners Centre, celebrating the life stories of elders from the black and minority ethnic community.

Southwark black history walk

On Saturday 8 October 2011 at Meeting outside John Harvard Library, 211Borough High Street, SE1 1JA

Join us for a guided black history walk through nearly 300 years of the black presence in Southwark and meet those that changed history, as well as those whose lives were unsung.

For king and country

On Saturday 8 October 2011 at Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ

Your chance to examine objects from the First World War collection and learn more of the personal stories of black soldiers who fought for the British Empire on the Western Front and in Palestine.

Silver sounds at the Aylesbury Estate

On Thursday 13 October 2011 at Thurlow Lodge, 1a Thurlow Street, SE17 2US

Silver sounds, the famous event for mature clubbers.

Mother Country

On Saturday 15 October 2011 at Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ

Stephen’s illustrated talk will highlight some of the forgotten Britons he features in the book including the community leaders Dr Harold Moody and Learie Constantine.

CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle: Black History Walk

On Saturday 17 September 2011 at Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ

The Largactyl Shuffle group offers peer support and an open and friendly environment with like-minded people. Join in, learn and share Southwark’s history!

Black Business Awards 2011

On Saturday 29 October 2011 at Hilton London Tower Bridge, 5 More London Place, Tooley Street, SE1 2BY

The BBA provides the platform for you to mingle with your professional peers, international diplomats and celebrities, borough councillors and mayor.

The Young Black and Successful forum 2011

On Thursday 27 October 2011 at London South Bank University, SE1 LN

Come and take part in a positive conversation to build the community and strengthen the voice of black youth.

The Salmon Youth Centre black history month experience

On Monday 31 October 2011 at Salmon Youth Centre, 43 Old Jamaica Road, SE16 4TE

Enjoy performances by Salmon young people through music, dance, drumming, and poetry, with special guest artists that will bring the roof down.

Black history month showcase

On Thursday 20 October 2011 at Harris Primary Academy, Peckham Park, Marmont Road, SE15 5TD

The Harris Primary Academy annual celebration of black history month involves displays of work and performances by the children from Harris Primary Academy.

Anti slavery day

On Tuesday 18 October 2011 at The Amigo Hall, St. George’s RC, Cathedral, Lambeth Road, SE1 (near The Imperial War Museum).

The seminar will look at historic issues but will also focus on current and contemporary forms of slavery domestic slavery, and unfair wages. Ending with lunch.

Explore your Caribbean ancestry

On Wednesday 26 October 2011 at Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR

Who do you think you are? Unlock the treasures of the archive and search your family history.

B-One: Ekh Bengali celebration event

On Wednesday 26 October 2011 at Unit 226-228, Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre,SE1 6TB

Join us for a celebration to mark the achievements of B-One.

Call Mr Robeson

On Tuesday 18 October 2011 – Sunday 23 October 2011 at Unicorn Theatre,147 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ

Tayo Aluko and Friends present Call Mr Robeson. Paul Robeson was a famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner.

Rivers to Cross

On Thursday 6 October 2011 at Michael Croft Theatre, Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, Dulwich, London SE22 8SU

In celebration of Black History Month 2011, Gazebo Theatre Company are proud to present ‘Rivers to Cross’, a multi-media journey through time and black history.

Brotherhood of the Cross and Star gala

On Saturday 22 October 2011 at Bird in Bush Centre, 616 Old Kent Road, SE15 1JB

A celebratory Black History Month event with workshops and performances for the entire family.

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