Celebrating Black History Month 2020

Celebrating Black History Month 2020

This year Black History Month is taking place under the challenging circumstances of COVID-19 and many activities and events will be done differently. Despite this, Royal Greenwich present their biggest Black History Month season yet, which will include a mix of socially-distanced live activities alongside online events.

Black History Month is celebrated in October each year and gives us the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievement and contributions of people from the African and Caribbean diaspora and the role models that are inspiring the next generation.

Black History Month season

This year, the council have funded nine local organisations to produce events and activities as part of the celebrations.

Here are some of the Black History Month season events taking place throughout October.

All Souls Gathering
Black Kaleidoscope Project
Workshops and activities for young people featuring dance, drama, spoken word, music and craft skills.

Black Female Entrepreneur  
African Cultural Heritage
A series of music, food, fashion, dance, drumming, history and artefact workshops and lectures exploring African cultural heritage.

Blackheath Halls  
Celebrating BAME cultural icons
Celebrating the achievements of BAME cultural icons in shaping local and wider history, specifically around the history of music and the performing arts.

Culture Access 
Black Disabled Lives Matter
A project curating and recording the stories of some Black Disabled People of African and Caribbean origin in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Global Fusion Music & Arts 
Black History Month Celebration
A mixture of live and online events featuring music, crafts, poetry and spoken word.

Healthwatch Greenwich  
Our bodies, our health, our history
An exhibition and event celebrating Black women, the impact of structural racism on BAME women’s health, and raising awareness of cancer screening for Black women.

National Maritime Museum  
Global Greenwich: Reframing Black Histories
An intergenerational celebration of Black contributions to British society historically and today drawing on the museum’s collections and themes to explore Black History and Black futures.

Woolwich Common Community Centre  
Black Authors Library
The launch of a free library containing books written by black authors worldwide.

World Heart Beat Music Academy  
Masks for Seeing
Musical compositions inspired by African artworks brought to three primary schools in Royal Greenwich.

Click here for full event listings

On the radio

Throughout the whole of October on Maritime Radio, we will be airing a whole range of original programmes and content across our output including Greenwich Breakfast and Drive to celebrate, our African-Caribbean communities, contribution to culture, ideas and the arts.

It’s a month of remembrance. Honouring those who came before us. And recognising those who are doing great things today.

One of the strands of content will be original poems. Poems that speak, of the black experience today, and historically, produced some of the capitals leading black poets.

We will also be finding out about all of the events which are going on throughout the month.  Listen on 96.5FM and online.