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Black History Month

Black History MonthBlack History Month runs throughout the month of October.

It’s designed to celebrate the culture, history and achievements that Black African and Caribbean people have brought to our country.

The rich cultures and traditions of the Black community here in the Britain have for many years contributed to the diversity of our country and is a key part of what makes Britain so unique.

As a part of Black History Month a number of events are held across Barking and Dagenham.

Black History Month events leaflet (PDF, 197 KB)

Black History Month 2019 events Toggle accordion

Date and timeEventVenueEvent description
1 October.
12pm.
Black History Month flag raisingBarking Town Hall

Free entry.

Come and join us as the Council raises Barking and Dagenham’s new Black History Month flag, marking the importance of the month. Led by Councillor Lynda Rice, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Diversity.

1 October.
All day.
Black History Month displayWilliam Bellamy Children's CentreFree entry.
1 October.
All day.
Black History Month displayValence LibraryFree entry.

4 October - 3.30pm to 5pm.

5 October  (TBC) - 12.30pm to 2pm.

African Fabric Printing workshop - Wall Hangings

Barking Learning Centre.

Free entry.
Black history month African Fabric printing workshop. Come and find out about the history and symbolic meaning of African print fabric by creating your own wall hanging.

Booking info: TBC.

Room 115 on 4 October. Meeting Room 4 on 5 October.

Book your 4 October place on Eventbrite

Book your 5 October place on Eventbrite

Organised by Sew London.

11 October.
9.30am to 11.30am.

African craft activitySue Bramley Children's centre / Thames View LibraryFree entry - Booking required.
Call 0208 270 4164 to book your ticket.
12 October.
7pm.
Celebratory Music Quiz NightBoathouse Bar and Café

Free entry.

Organised by Mike Starr @ Boathouse Café and Bar.

14 October.
6.30pm.
Film screening: 'Belle'Barking Learning CentreFree entry.
15 October.
6pm to 8pm.
The Life and Times of Black Female MayorsBarking Learning Centre - Conference CentreFree entry.
Cllr Sanchia Alasia, Cllr Elizabeth Kangethe (former LBBD Mayors), Cllr Sade Bright (former Hackney mayor) and Cllr Kate Anolue (present and past mayor of LB of Enfield).
18 October. 2pm to 6pmMulticultural event Rivergate Centre, Minter Road, Barking

Activities include traditional dances, spoken poetry, fashion show, stall displays with different cultural items, food stalls with different African cuisines, food tasters (drinks and snacks will be provided for children only)

Hosted by Triangoals.

19 October.
12pm to 2pm.
Developing healthy young minds – a way to end youth violenceBarking Learning Centre - Room 114

Free entry. Booking required.

This is a community parenting programme which will involve a meeting of minds of young people, parents, health professionals and the community to discuss the issues with youth crime and attempt to come up with a solution.

Come and celebrate Black History Month with us at the Barking Learning Centre.

Refreshments provided

Book your free place on Eventbrite

Organised by Adanna Women's Group.
19 October. 1pm.Family Fun DayRipple Centre

Celebrate Black History Month with your children this October. Come and partake in the sharing of African tales, history of great leaders, influencers and history makers. Learn about their accomplishments and challenges and how they helped shape the world we live in today. Listen to the colourful sounds of African, Caribbean, jazz, soul music. Admiring children cultural dance, listen to their poetry and storytelling while delighting in the delicious taste and aromas of Afro-Caribbean food. Get involved in the many activities, quizzes, delicacies and festivities on the day. There is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

Organised by Peace International.

22 October. 5pm to 10pm.HomeBroadway Theatre, Barking.

Following last year's sold out production of 'Arawelo', Side eYe Productions return to Broadway Theatre for Somali Week Festival 2019 with the premier of their new play 'Home

'Home' explores the tensions between sisterhood and self, hope and acceptance in a first-generation Somali family living in London today. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the cast and production team. This will be one of only two performances of this original, thought-provoking play as part of Somali Week Festival in the heart of East London.

Book your ticket at Broadway Theatre

 

22 October.
2pm to 3pm.
African craft activitySue Bramley Children's centre / Thames View LibraryFree entry - Booking required.
Call 0208 270 4164 to book your ticket.
23 October.
4pm to 6.30pm.
Faith & Success - Black Women in IslamThe Hive, Women's Centre, 2 Victoria Rd, Barking, IG11 8PY

Free entry.
Discussion with inspirational black Muslim women from diverse backgrounds alongside cultural performances. Refreshments will be provided.

Book your free place on Eventbrite

Organised by The Hive.

25 October.
10.30am to 2.30pm.
Families and Children with Special Needs Network EventCouncil Chamber, Barking Town Hall

This event has been cancelled.

Free entry.
We are looking to run an event which aims at bringing families, carers, providers and local authorities who works and looks after children with special needs and Learning disability. We are looking at exploring with them different barriers they face and the support available to them in Barking and Dagenham in regards to School, Housing, Benefits, Care packages support, forums, networks and sign posting.

Organised by Help Handz.

25 October.
6pm to 8pm.
New Generation Arts & Film FestivalCouncil Chamber, Barking Town Hall

In 2009, we made a movie 'Gascoigne - The untold story' highlighting the various challenges confronting young people living in inner cities, especially those from Ethnic Minority groups. The project was opened to everyone, and most of the actors were local residents in Barking & Dagenham. This movie night will show 3 short films we have produced to engage young people on issues affecting their lives.

This movie night will show 3 short films we have produced to engage young people on issues affecting their lives. The films are:

  • Gascoigne - The Untold Story
  • Bukky
  • Choices

There will also be a poetry and spoken word on some of the issues highlighted in the films.

Through this event, we are aiming to help young people make the right decisions in life and help them live meaningful and purposeful lives.

Organised by Mega Impact.

25 October.
2.30pm to 4.30pm.
Beautifully FlawedDagenham Library

Free entry.
Domestic Violence talk and book signing with author Arinola Araba.

Dr Arinola Araba is a Nigerian-born, doctor turned multi-award winning social entrepreneur turned author. Beautifully Flawed was not only an Amazon bestseller but has also been selected by the international literacy charity, Worldreader, for free distribution to 100,000 girls across Africa over the next 3 years.

30 October.
7pm.

Hidden truths about slavery and abolition - Talk by Paul Crooks

Eastbury Manor House

Join Paul Crooks as he embarks on a journey of discovery. In this talk, he will focus on the rise and fall of slavery and challenge inherent perspectives on the reasons for the abolition of slavery in British colonies.

In the 1990s, undeterred, he embarked on a personal journey that led from suburban North London to Jamaica and ultimately back to the Gold Coast of Africa - an effort that has brought him international recognition for his breakthroughs in researching African Caribbean genealogy.

When he began his research, he was told that it would be impossible to trace records of slave-ownership let alone his African ancestors enslaved on plantations in Jamaica. He was told ‘No one had tried because such records did not exist.’

Paul will be joined by Borough Archivist, Karen Rushton, who’ll provide insight into Barking and Dagenham’s archive collections held at Valence House, and how these can be used to deepen understanding of genealogical research in the local area. Karen will also be discussing the importance of increasing Barking and Dagenham’s archival information in order to be more representative of the diverse local community.

Tickets:

  • £10 (Non-residents)
  • £5 (LBBD residents)

Tickets include light refreshments.
Doors will open from 6.15pm, with the talk starting at 7pm.

31 October.
6pm to 8pm.
Celebrating diversity togetherHedgecock Community Centre

Free entry.
6 to 7pm - Spoken word / poetry for women.
7 to 8pm - Community singing. open to all.

Supported by The Womens Group.

1 November.
12pm to 4pm.
International Soul Food FestivalBarking Learning Centre - conference room

Free entry.
A friendly festival held annually to celebrate BHM in Barking and Dagenham focusing on food, culture and healthy habits. The aim is to bring communities together providing awareness on alternative healthy eating options and educational talks about African, Caribbean & Asian food.

Activities include:

  • guest speakers / live demonstration on preparing a healthy meal
  • learn how to grow a healthy garden
  • tips on alternative food choice to manage diabetes and obesity
  • poetry
  • music and dance
  • food tasting
  • competition

Organised by All Women's Network.

1 to 31 October.Book display celebrating Black authorsBarking Learning Centre - conference roomFree entry.
1 to 31 October.Book display celebrating Black authorsDagenham LibraryFree entry.
3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 October.
10am to 11.30am.
Black History Month at the Chadwell Health Community CentreChadwell Health Community Centre

Free entry.
Events include:

  • Toddler Talk
  • fruit tasting at snacktime
  • real fruits in the home corner
  • fruit printing
  • families are invited to attend groups in clothing from their culture
  • African Drums
  • jewellery making with pasta
3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 October.
9.45am to 11.15am.
Black History Month at the Gascoigne Children's CentreGascoigne Children's Centre

Free entry.
Events include:

  • Toddler Talk
  • fruit tasting at snacktime
  • real fruits in the home corner
  • fruit printing
  • families are invited to attend groups in clothing from their culture
  • African Drums
  • jewellery making with pasta
3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 October.
9.45am to 11.15am.
Little Rhyme MakersBarking Learning CentreFree entry.
Dancing to African music and singing songs 'Shay Shay Kulay'
7, 14, 21 and 28 October.
10am to 10.45am.
Little Rhyme MakersBecontree Children's CentreFree entry.
Event includes:
  • dancing to African music and singing songs 'Shay Shay Kulay'
  • Spud and Yam
7, 14, 21 and 28 October.
10am to 10.45am.
Little Rhyme MakersDagenham LibraryFree entry.
Event includes:
  • dancing to African music and singing songs 'Shay Shay Kulay'
  • Spud and Yam
7, 14, 21 and 28 October.
10am to 11.30am.
Black History Month at Sue Bramley Children's CentreSue Bramley Children's CentreFree entry.

Events include:

  • Toddler Talk
  • fruit tasting at snacktime
  • real fruits in the home corner
  • fruit printing
  • families are invited to attend groups in clothing from their culture
  • African Drums
  • jewellery making with pasta
1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 October.
10am to 10.45am.
Little Rhyme MakersValence LibraryFree entry.
Event includes:
  • dancing to African music and singing songs 'Shay Shay Kulay'
  • Spud and Yam
1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 October.
1.45pm.
Little Rhyme MakersMarks Gate Children's CentreFree entry.
Event includes:
  • dancing to African music and singing songs 'Shay Shay Kulay'
  • Spud and Yam
1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 October.
1.30pm to 2.15pm.
Little Rhyme MakersSue Bramley Children's CentreFree entry.
Event includes:
  • dancing to African music and singing songs 'Shay Shay Kulay'
  • Spud and Yam
1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 October.
10am to 11.15am.
Children’s StorytellingDagenham Library

Free entry.

  • Handa’s surprise
  • Handa’s hen
  • Walking through the jungle
1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 October.
9.45am to 11am.
Children’s StorytellingBarking Learning Centre

Free entry.

  • Handa’s surprise
  • Handa’s hen
  • Walking through the jungle
1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 October.
1.15pm to 2.30pm.
Children’s StorytellingBecontree Children's Centre

Free entry.

  • Handa’s surprise
  • Handa’s hen
  • Walking through the jungle

2, 9, 16 and 23 October.
1.30pm to 2.15pm.

30 October.
11am to 11.45 am.

Little Rhyme MakersChadwell Heath Community CentreFree entry.
Event includes:
  • dancing to African music and singing songs 'Shay Shay Kulay'
  • Spud and Yam
7, 14, 21 and 28 October.
10am to 10.45am.
Little Rhyme MakersBecontree Children's CentreFree entry.
Event includes:
  • dancing to African music and singing songs 'Shay Shay Kulay'
  • Spud and Yam
1 to 6 OctoberHall of Fame exhibitionBarking Town HallBarking and Dagenham is the proud home of many high-achieving black individuals. From sports to textile art, music to community building and empowerment - black residents have contributed immeasurably to our borough, as well as nationally and internationally. The Black History Month Hall of Fame highlights and celebrates just a few of  our residents’ achievements and accolades.
7 to 18 OctoberHall of Fame exhibitionBarking Learning CentreBarking and Dagenham is the proud home of many high-achieving black individuals. From sports to textile art, music to community building and empowerment - black residents have contributed immeasurably to our borough, as well as nationally and internationally. The Black History Month Hall of Fame highlights and celebrates just a few of  our residents’ achievements and accolades.
19 to 31 OctoberHall of Fame exhibitionDagenham LibraryBarking and Dagenham is the proud home of many high-achieving black individuals. From sports to textile art, music to community building and empowerment - black residents have contributed immeasurably to our borough, as well as nationally and internationally. The Black History Month Hall of Fame highlights and celebrates just a few of  our residents’ achievements and accolades.
TBCBHM displayWilliam Bellamy Children's CentreFree entry.
A selection of library books and resources for loan.
TBCBHM displayBecontree Children's CentreFree entry.
A selection of library books and resources for loan.

Black History Month - Hall of Fame Toggle accordion

Barking and Dagenham is the proud home of many high-achieving black individuals. From sports to textile art, music to community building and empowerment - black residents have contributed hugely to our borough, as well as nationally and internationally.

The Black History Month Hall of Fame highlights and celebrates just a few of our residents’ achievements and accolades.

Black History Month - Hall of Fame (PDF, 3.6 MB)

Date and timeEventVenue
1 to 6 OctoberHall of Fame exhibitionBarking Town Hall
7 to 18 OctoberHall of Fame exhibitionBarking Learning Centre
19 to 31 OctoberHall of Fame exhibitionDagenham Library