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Tower Hamlets, London Borough of (London): Celebrating Black History Month

Press Release   •   Sep 20, 2010 13:18 BST

Photograph attached: Sammy Herbert from Little Big One Theatre performing an Anansi Spider storytelling session at one of last year’s events.

Tower Hamlets will be bursting with a variety of events from dance and drumming classes, fun days, history tours, talks and exhibitions right through to music and film screenings to celebrate Black History Month.

Launching on Saturday 25 September with a free 12 hour extravaganza at Rich Mix, residents and visitors can pay homage to African, Caribbean and Black British arts, culture and history.

The launch, which starts at midday will include live music, dance performances and Ska singing workshops with the lead singer of local Ska band Maroon Town.

Models will also strut their stuff showcasing designs using African fabrics and you can learn how to style your hair into corn rows and French plaits.

Steve Murray, Head of Arts and Events at Tower Hamlets Council said: “Black History Month is a fantastic celebration where we can all join together and recognise the positive contributions made by black communities to British society and culture.

This year we’ve got more than 110 events and activities taking place in the borough. The launch event gives people a taste of things to come, as well as the opportunity to pick up a copy of the Black History Month brochure.

Steve added: “As well as having fun residents will also will be able to walk away with useful advice and information about a whole host of things in their goody bag donated by Voice newspaper.”

Highlights to look forward to during the month-long celebrations include a Jazz legends programme presented by Jazz FM profiling greats such as Billie Holiday,  a Somali Week Festival, a talk on Britain’s first Black infantry officer, Walter Tull from Bethnal Green who was also a professional footballer, and screenings of classic films including To Kill a Mocking Bird.

To find out more about the launch event, or other activities taking place in the borough as part of Black History Month visit or pick up a copy of the programme from an Idea Store, library or One Stop Shop.


Notes for Editors:

  • Black History Month was established in the USA by Dr Carter G Woodson, a black American historian who created a month for African American people to have the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge themselves and their achievements.
  • In England, Black History Month was first celebrated in October 1987 (African Jubilee Year), as part of a drive to improve racial harmony in London.
  • It has since grown to encompass the whole country and recognise and embrace the contributions and traditions of other black communities.

For more details contact:
Shalina Hussain
Tower Hamlets Council 
Mulberry Place 
6th Floor
5 Clove Crescent
E14 2BG

Tel: 020 7364 4754


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