Black History Month events 2021

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The London Tackling Racial Inequality Programme wants to support and build on the work already taking place across individual councils in London seeking to address racial inequality. We want to highlight individual borough activity, as well as demonstrate how London local authorities are collaborating on the race agenda.

You can find out more about the work London boroughs are doing on the Race Equality agenda by visiting our repository of good practice and looking at previous editions of the Tackling Racial Inequality Programme’s ‘Race Matters’ newsletter.

If you work in a borough and want to get involved in the Tackling Racial Inequality Programme, please contact Tom Pickup ([email protected]) and join our Knowledge Hub page to connect with other programme volunteers.

Black History Month 2021 events

As part of the Tackling Racial Inequality Programme’s contribution to amplifying borough activity, we are highlighting the events taking place across London to celebrate Black History Month. 

London is proud of its diversity and the vibrancy this brings, both across the capital and in our local communities. That’s why, during October, a huge range of events are being held across London to celebrate Black History Month - from creative writing workshops, celebration of local businesses and events specifically for children. Many are free and run throughout the day to enable everyone to attend.

This breadth of activity is a testament to London’s wonderful history and culture. You can see the full list of what’s going on across boroughs below:


LB Barking and Dagenham are celebrating with many events for Black History Month, which can be found here.

Pen to Print, a creative writing programme, supported by LBBD Libraries and Arts Council England is holding activities throughout October. Find out more. 

LB Barnet are holding two free events, where everyone is welcome. Find out more and register here. 

LB Bexley are running the following events:

Brent are hosting a series of events for Black History Month, including a panel discussion titled ‘Celebrating Black Excellence – Proud To Be'. Find out more and book tickets here. 

LB Bromley are hosting two shows for Black History Months. Tickets and more information are available here.

LB Camden's theme for Black History month is: “Black History Season 2021: Honouring our Nation of Black Unsung Heroes”  and involves many events, including:

Friday, 8 October 2021, 18:30-22:00

Launching Camden's Black History season 2021 is an event entitled ‘PROUD TO BE’ where we celebrate the success of Camden’s creatives and performers.

Hosted by Eddie Nestor MBE expect an eclectic mix of performances, talks and panel discussion on the topic and a preview to the varied programme on offer for Camden’s Black History season.


If you’re interested in starting your own business, don’t miss this online workshop hosted by Black Pound Day founder Swiss from So Solid Crew. Aimed at equipping aspiring entrepreneurs with the skills and tools to start their own businesses, special guests will deliver constructive and practical advice.


Wednesday, 20 October, 19:00-20:00

A trip through the new book that looks at London’s Black history.


Sat, 13 November 2021, 10:00-12:00

Black History Walks leads a walk around South Camden and ending in Secret Soho, reflecting on the historical landmarks and stores.


Free activities for children celebrating Camden’s Black History Season.

There are many events occuring in the City for Black History month, including the 2021 Black Women in Business Awards. See all the events here. 

LB Croydon are hosting many events throught the month, including a Black History Month concern. Find out more. 


LB Enfield is celebrating Black History Month with several events. Find out more. 

RB Greenwich have a large range of activities, including Global Fusion Music & Dance and Global Greenwich, Future Histories at the Royal Museums. Many of their events happen throughout the year, so take a look at what's on. 

Hackney libraries are hosting a number of Black History Month events for children and adults.

Through a series of momentous events, residents are invited to recognise that Black history season is not just about looking back, but also forward to what new, and inspiring legacies can be created today in the rich and intricate story of Black Britain.

For event listings and updates see the Hackney Black History Facebook page or Instagram account or follow #HackneyBlackHistory.

During October the UK Celebrates Black History Month. The main aim of Black History Month is to celebrate the achievements and contributions of black people not just in the UK, but throughout the world and to educate all on Black history. To honour Black History Month, H&F Experience, Culture and Black History Network are holding several events.

Enjoy events, activities, talks and much more all highlighting the significant contribution black people have made in Haringey, the UK and beyond.

LB Harrow are hosting two shows during Black History Month. Find out more and book your tickets. 

Harrow Libraries are running two events to celebrate Black History Month, Harrow Arts centre have several activities including an exhibition celebrating Windrush, and Headstone Manor and Museum is also hosting a number of activites during October. 

LB Havering are holding a stage show: Legend – The Music of Bob Marley on Saturday 2 October, celebrating his music. Buy tickets here

LB Hounslow are hosting an online event titled 'Proud to be' on 20 October.

The campaign aims to make Black History Month 2021 personal and unique to individuals, families and communities, focusing on how we’re all making history all the time in our own ways, as well as the challenges, contributions and achievements of Hounslow’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

Sign up here. 

LB Hillingdon are holding several shows in celebration of Black History Month. Find out more. 

During October, LB Islington are celebrating with a series of events. From guided tours of historical walks around the borough to places of significance in Black history, to interviews with prominent Black female MPs shining a light on inequalities at a local and national level, they have it all covered. 

Find out more. 

RB Kensington and Chelsea have a series of events, including performances from Billy Ocean and George Benson. Find out more

LB Lambeth have put together a programme of events happening across the month, including a Kids Black History Month quiz and Black Business fair. Find out more about the programme in Lambeth. 

More information can also be found on: 

Blue History Month

11am – 5pm, Sunday 3rd October

Goldsmith’s University

An new event to celebrate Blue Borough. Blue History Month will celebrate the legacy and contributions of black talent in Lewisham.

1pm – 5pm

Live screening from Pa Abdou (@abdou_cisse)

Q&A - Dennis Rowe of Saxon Sound

Fashion – Ryan Hawaii (

The Blue Awards recognising contributions to the Borough (presented by Deputy Mayor Brenda Dacres and Speaker Cllr Anwar)


Black Third Sector: The Legacy

09.30-13:00, Monday 4th October


Stories of buildings, African and Caribbean trailblazers, their services and activities back in the day and their legacy. Share yours too.


Ryan Hawaii at Catford Broadway Theatre

Throughout October

Catford-born artist, musician and designer Ryan Hawaii creates a bespoke piece of art to be displayed in Lewisham’s Catford Broadway Theatre. Alternating between fashion, visual art and music, Hawaii’s world is full of symbolic forms and candid self-expression. Known for his iconic illustrations, colourful one of one clothing and an ever present one eyed figure, Hawaii is as authentic as his artwork suggests. From exhibitions and collaborations, to linking up with the likes of Skepta and Virgil Abloh, Hawaii’s recognisable style will be shared with Lewisham’s public.



Breakfast Clubs Against Racism

Date : September 25th to December 4th Every Saturday.

Time : Saturdays 9:30 to 11:30am

St Laurence Community Centre, Catford

Lewisham based residents aged 10-13

Parents and students can register their interest via email: [email protected]

Breakfast clubs to educate young people on anti-racism, black history and empowerment 


Lewisham Libraries: Q&A Jody Burton, co-author of Black London

2-3pm, 30th October 2021

Deptford Library, Deptford Lounge9 Giffin St, London, SE8 4RJ

Lewisham resident, Jody Burton is co-author of Black London. Published on Windrush Day 2021, Black London is a Black History tour guide exploring history, art and culture in over 120 places in London.

Tickets available from

LB Merton are running a series of events during October, including Black History Month heritage displays and Anansi spider craft and coding session for kids. See the full programme. 

The theme for this year’s programme in LB Newham is Ambition, Achievement, Inspiration.  It is ever more important to recognise and learn about the history of Black people following the devastating impact of Covid-19 and the lockdown on our communities.  The programme will explore those who have achieved success and how the future generation can be inspired by those successes.

Many events are taking place during the month. Find out more here. 

LB Redbridge are hosting many events throughout the months. See the full list here

Ilford's Business Improvement District are hosting a number of Black History Month events, including a food festival on 16 October. Find out more here. 

Visit the Orleans House Gallery website to see which Black artists feature in Orleans House Gallery throughout October.

On Monday 25 October St Mary's students will take over Orleans House Gallery’s social media with a series of questions and provocations about their work. Follow @Orleanshg on Twitter to get involved.

Make sure you are following Richmond Libraries on Twitter @RichmondLibs as it will be sharing #blackstoriesmatter throughout October, recommending reads for all ages and highlighting diverse publishers.

Page Turners shared reading sessions will feature literature from the world’s best Black writers and poets. No need to book or read anything in advance, just join the session via Zoom.

Sessions will be held in October on:

  • Tuesdays - from 10.30 to 11.30am
  • Wednesdays - from 2 to 3pm
  • Thursdays - from  2 to 3pm

Attend an interactive poetry workshop at The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham TW1 1BE on Friday 15 October. The event is being led by students at St Mary's University. Register your place.

Attend a silent auction hosted by St Mary's Students to open their art exhibition residency at the Riverside Gallery in the Old Town Hall (Richmond, TW9 1TP) until 30 October. The public will have the chance to view artwork by St Mary's students and students in local schools that celebrates Black history and culture.

LB Sutton's African & Caribbean Cultural Organisation are holding events throughout the month. Find out more

LB Southwark are running a range of events during Black History Month, including how to trace ancestry and an African print sewing workshop. Find out more. 

Much of the programme for October 2021 is venue-based, with a spread of events across the borough and online. The council has supported a range of thought-provoking activities and events with live music, film, workshops, art, theatre, talks and more.

LB Waltham Forest are celebrating with a range of events for families including art exhibitions, storytelling, musical workshops, a chance to meet local black artists and authors, and more!

See all events

LB Wandsworth is running the following events:

LB Westminster are holding many events, including shows, walks and book clubs. See the events here. 

There are a series of walks happening throughout the month, details can be found here.