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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Music with ‘21st Century Griot’ Mike Scott-Harding and Big Joanie’s Stephanie Phillips on the music industry’s stereotyped Black Woman and Why Solange Matters.
- Art and how to channel inspiration and self-confidence into the artistic process in conversation with Lisa Anderson of Black British Art and artist Kimathi Donkor, and
- The power, politics and history of Black women’s hair in Hairvolution: Her Hair, Her Story, Our History.