Something new from history –  Black History Month 2021

17 September 2021

Written by: Lambeth Council

Arts, culture and events

Lambeth Libraries’ Black History Month includes books, music, and culture for everyone as well as history.

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Something new from history –  Black History Month 2021

Lambeth Libraries Black History Month 2021 invites you to interact with culture through October. Book up and be part of something new from history everyday.

Word from the Cabinet

'This is the Canon'

Decolonise your bookshelves event

Cllr Sonia Winifred, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture said: “Last year many of you told us how inspiring and uplifting you found Lambeth Libraries’ Black History Month celebrations. This year’s programme is equally exciting with brilliant writers and artists.

“We continue to remember and support the Windrush generation and acknowledge their struggle for a right to remain and for compensation. The month includes something for all ages and tastes. Please take this wonderful opportunity to learn about and celebrate African Caribbean Heritage and Culture, which influence and enrich all our lives.  I hope you will join us.”


  • Key moments in history – from slave rebellion in Jamaica with award-winning author Alex Wheatle to an eyewitness account of the Brixton Uprisings with Ayi-Kwei Sankofa.

    cane warriors book cover

    A story of slave uprising in Jamaica

  • Online, we’ve got weekly empowering talks on ancestry, enslavement, resistance and emancipation – inspired by six generations of Paul Crooks’ family tree.
  • Rediscover London with a new guidebook shining much-needed new light on the rich Black history (left out of mainstream history) in over 120 sites.
  • Right here in Lambeth, we’re featuring the Windrush Tradesperson Project, offering Human Library Windrush Performances unique to each reader, and walking in the footsteps of Black British radical leaders Cuffay and Wedderburn.
  • We’re focusing on essays by 17 prominent Black Britons on Why Black British Lives Matter curated by RADA Chair Marcus Ryder and on Lee Lawrence’s 30-year campaign against the injustice of CherryGroce’s death.

Books, books, books

  • Take the Black Writers Challenge and find inspiration for future reading with Decolonise Your Bookshelves in 50 Books, join Brixton Radical Readers to discuss anti-imperialist African leader Thomas Sankara. Or read Surge, a poetry collection about the New Cross Fire, with Lambeth LGBTQ+ book group.

    Mike Scott Harding '21st century Griot'

    ’21st century Griot’ album launch

  • Meet unique writers Abi Dare, whose The Girl with the Louding Voice is one of the most loved books of the year, and Bernardine Evaristo – the autobiography of the first Black woman Booker prizewinner is also a “never give up” rallying cry.
  • Trinidadian creole (Kriol) language in Pleasantview, Celeste Mohammed’s look at Caribbean culture – already acclaimed in international fiction.


In addition to hosting a Black Business Fair and Black Culture Market, Lambeth’s Black History Month offers:

More information

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