Black History Month

1 October 2016

Written by: Communications team

Arts, culture and events - Children and young people

October is Black History Month where we shine a light on the hidden histories that make up all of our history, but are often lost. This October and November Lambeth Libraries and partners have scheduled an incredible programme of events and activities with hopefully something for everyone.

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Black History Month

A real highlight this year is the writer of the moment, poet and winner of the 2014 Forward Prize, Kei Miller. Kei will be at Brixton Library on Saturday 8 October (7pm) discussing his latest novel Augustown which takes its reference from the true story of August Town, Jamaica, where in 1920 the messianic preacher Alexander Bedward, instructed followers to give away all of their worldly goods and “fly away home” to ascend to heaven. The followers climbed nearby trees, they leapt, but instead of soaring upwards they came crashing down – a magical and haunting novel set in the underbelly of Jamaica.

For young people we bring two best-selling authors, Chibundu Onuzo, and Pete Kalu along with Windrush history workshops and the great Adventures of Abi and Titi for younger children.

The month is really worth a look with discussions on Bob Marley as revolutionary, Hip hop, the 1985 uprisings, CLR James and Black heroes in graphic novels. There are writers workshops, open mic poetry on #Blackwordsmatter, Films, family learning workshops and so much more.

View the Black History Month programme

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