Celebrating Black History Month 2023 in Barking and Dagenham

Black History Month returns this October, marking the annual celebration of the rich and diverse history of the black, African, and Caribbean community.

The celebrations kick-off later this month on Friday 29 September with a flag-raising event for Nigerian Independence Day before the Black History Month flag is raised on Monday 2 October. As well as marking Ugandan Independence Day on Monday 9 October.

There will also be children’s workshops, as well as special tours of Eastbury Manor House, which will look at the colonial heritage of the 16th century Grade-I listed building.

A one-off Black History Month pop-up market will take place on Tuesday 31 October to showcase black-owned businesses and local community groups.

Throughout the month, residents will be able to read about inspirational people as part of Barking and Dagenham Council’s Black History Month Hall of Fame, which will be shared online and through social media.

Councillor Sade Bright, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills & Aspiration, said: “Barking and Dagenham is one of the most unique and diverse boroughs in the capital, which is what makes it such a great place to live, work, study and stay. 

“Black History Month is not just about recognising the past, it’s about shaping the present and building a better future. It's a month dedicated to celebrating, and I couldn't be more excited to see us all come together to learn, share, and grow this month.”

First celebrated in the UK in October 1987, the focus for this year’s Black History Month will be on honouring the achievements of black women.

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