Events in South London

Here's our pick of events taking place in South London this October to celebrate Black History Month...

 

Tuesday October 7

 

'When I Came to England: An Oral History of Life in 1950s and 1960s Britain'

 

WHERE: Carnegie Library, Herne Hill, SE24 0AG   WHEN: 2PM   |   PRICEFREE

 

 

'Dream Variations: inspirational Black poetry'

 

WHERE: Blue Anchor Library, Bermondsey, SE16 3UQ   WHEN: 10:30 AM - 12PM   |   PRICEFREE

 

 

'Brixton Black Panthers exhibition'

 

WHEREBrixtonLibrary, Brixton, SW2 1JQ   WHEN: TBC   |   PRICEFREE

 

'An exhibition of photographs of former members of the British Black Panther and Black Civil Rights movements in the UK, who were active in Lambeth in the late 60s and early 70s. Interviews, photographs and films have all been curated by young people into an engaging exhibition.'

 

Wednesday October 8

 

'Mother Country with author Donald Hinds'

 

WHERE: Brixton Library, Brixton, SW2 1JQ   WHEN: 7PM   |   PRICEFREE

 

 

'Sounds like London: 100 years of Black Music in the capital'

 

WHERE: Peckham Library, Peckham, SE15 5JR   WHEN: 7PM - 8:30PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Sandra Agard chairs a discussion on 100 years of black music in London, with music historians Lloyd Bradley and Dr. William ‘Lez’ Henry. Black music has been part of London’s landscape since the First World War, when the Southern Syncopated Orchestra brought jazz to the capital. Following the wave of Commonwealth immigration, its sounds and styles took up residence to become the foundation of the city’s youth culture. For adults.'

 

Thursday October 9

 

' I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - reading group special'

 

WHERE: Tate South Lambeth Library, South Lambeth Road, SW8 1PQ   WHEN: 6:30PM  |   PRICEFREE

'Join the Waterloo Library reading group to discuss the 1969 autobiography about the early years of African-American writer and poet Maya Angelou who sadly died in May this year.' 

 

'Black Londoners and the London Metropolitan Archive: A talk by Maureen Roberts'

 

WHERE: John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High Street, SE1 1JA   WHEN: 7PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'This illustrated talk will show how the black presence in London can be traced back to the Tudor period and before, using a range of London Metropolitan Archive resources. For adults. No need to book in advance but please arrive early to guarantee your place.' 

 

Thursday October 9

 

'Tales from the Front Room'

 

WHERE: London South Bank University, Southwark Campus   WHEN: 6:30PM - 8PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'This one hour film will ring a bell with many second generation West Indians in Britain today. Portrayed with light comedy, this one hour film will ring a bell with many second generation West Indians in Britain today, who remember the front room – the pride and joy of the family home. A host of well-known black British names including the late Felix Dexter, comedian Denise Nobel and cultural theorist Stuart Hall give their personal accounts of the Front Room and how it signified respectability and dignity for their parents. The film gives a unique insight exploring deeper into black British history; placing the famous Front Room within a political context the screening will be followed by a discussion led by Doctor Michael McMillan.' 

 

Friday October 10

 

'A Raisin in the Sun (1961) Film Showing'

 

WHERE: Minet Library, SE5 9QY   WHEN: 2PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

 

'Embark on an enthralling journey with Mary Seacole'

 

WHERE: Clapham Library, Clapham, SW4 7DB   WHEN: 7PM - 9PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Acknowledging the Legacies of our Past Generations: Celebrating early Krios from Sierra Leone' 

 

WHERE: The Crypt, St. Peter's Church, SE17 2HH   WHEN: 6.30PM - 10:30PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Celebrating the unique history and heritage of Britain’s 19th and 20th century Sierra Leonean Krios and acknowledging their legacies in education, medicine, the military and race relations through presentations, discussion, performance, stalls and a quiz.' 

 

Saturday October 11

 

WHERE: Downham Library, Bromley, BR1 5EP   WHEN: ALL DAY |   PRICEFREE

 

'Create your own African mask with library staff'

 

Craft activity for children aged 5-7.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

'S.I. Martin’s Black History Month walking tour of Lee'

 

WHERE: Meet at Manor House Library, SE13 5SY   WHEN: 11AM - 12 NOON |   PRICE£5

 

'Renowned historian, S.I. Martin leads his newly devised Black History Month theme walking tour around some of Lee’s local landmarks. Tour is limited to 16 places. Up to 2 children may accompany paying adults. Pre-book and pre-pay (cash only) at Manor House Library.' Only sixteen places.

 

'S.I Martin on Lee’s Black History and trends current research in Black British history'

 

WHERE: Manor House Library, SE13 5SY   WHEN: 2:30PM - 3:30PM |   PRICEFREE

 

'S.I Martin speaks about the local Black history of the Lee neighbourhood and touches on aspects of his recent research work and use of resources held in places which can be visited locally.  Pre-book via Manor House Library.' 

 

Monday October 13

 

'Rise: A Tribute to Maya Angelou'

 

WHERE: Clapham Library, Clapham, SW4 7DB   WHEN: 7PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'The Story of Lover’s Rock: film screening and director Q&A'

 

WHERE: Clapham Library, Clapham, SW4 7DB   WHEN: 7PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

 

Thursday October 16

 

'Handa's Surprise'  

 

WHERE: Upper Nprwood Library, 41 Westow Hill, SE19 1TJ   WHEN: 2:15PM - 2:45PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Welcome to a special Book Bug Club session - Fiona Byers will be telling a fun version of 'Handa's Surprise' by Eileen Browne and afterwards children will be invited to taste the fruits of the story.'  For children aged 2 to 4.

 

'A story or two about Anansi'

 

WHERE: Upper Norwood Library, 41 Westow Hill, SE19 1TJ   WHEN: 3:45PM - 4:15PM |   PRICEFREE

 

'Come hear an Anansi story. Fiona Byers will be telling a story or two about  Anansi, the half man, half spider trickster. (Ages 4 plus)'

 

'Americanah - reading group special'

 

WHERE: Brixton Library, Brixton, SW2 1JQ   WHEN: 7PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Join the Brixton reading group to discuss the critically acclaimed Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.'

 

'My Hair: Black Hair Culture Style and Politics'

 

WHERE: London South Bank University, Southwark Campus, Abbey Conference Suite   WHEN: 6:30PM - 8:30PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Explore the histories of black hair, culture, style and politics relating to western beauty ideals. Hot iron combs, relaxers, weaves, extensions, afros, dreadlocks and wigs…. Come and share your hair stories. Explore the histories of black hair, culture, style and politics relating to western beauty ideals. Hosted by writer, playwright, curator and artist, Michael McMillan this workshop will touch on issues around 'natural'/'non-natural', the racing of hair, black blondes and transitioning.' 

 

Saturday October 18

 

'St Martin’s Community Black History Celebration'  

 

WHERE: St Martin's Community Centre, Abbotts Park, SW2 3PW   WHEN: 2PM - 8PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'St Martin’s Community Centre would like to celebrate the centenary of the formation of Marcus Garvey’s UNIA-ACL association. Activities on the day will include Caribbean folklore songs, films, dancing, talks, including the West Indian Ex-Servicemen’s Association, food and drinks, and much more. Everyone welcome.'

 

'Dr William ‘Lez’ Henry on The Black Contribution to the UK since the Empire Windrush'

 

WHERE: Sydenham Community Library   WHEN: 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Lez Henry’s talks are not just memorable because of his sound bites and wit, but because he challenges assumptions and gaps in historical narrative which still exist. (Pre-book with venue)'

 

Sunday October 19

 

'Black Poppies'

 

WHERE: Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ   WHEN: 2PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Southwark historian Stephen Bourne presents an illustrated talk about his latest book, Black Poppies. Published by The History Press to coincide with this year’s centenary of the First World War, Black Poppies explores the military and civilian wartime experience of black Britons, and the loyalty they held for their mother country, both on the front line and the home front.'

 

Tuesday October 21

 

'Maya Angelou: Warrior for equality, tolerance and peace.'

 

WHERE: Peckham Library,  122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR   WHEN: 7PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'A talk by Sandra Agard When Maya Angelou passed away earlier this year aged 86, her family released a statement describing her as a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. These readings and talk by writer and storyteller Sandra Agard will show how these qualities shaped Angelou’s life and work. For adults. Free, but advance booking is essential via  southwark.libraries@southwark.gov.uk

 

Wednesday October 22

 

'Sandra Agard performs Steal Away'

 

WHERE: Downham Library, Bromley, BR1 5EP   WHEN: 7PM - 8:30 PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Sandra Agard’s dramatic monologue Steal Away tells the story of Harriet Tubman as seen through the eyes of a runaway slave.  Places must be pre-booked for this performance written for adults. Accompanied children aged 11 and over are welcome. (Pre-book a place)'

 

'Panomundo - Film showing'

 

WHERE: Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1QP   WHEN: 7PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Panomundo (2014; 90 minutes) is a feature- length documentary about the history of the steelpan and its influence across the world. Over two years more than 100 people were interviewed, including steelpan legends such as Ellie Mannette and Lennox "Boogsie" Sharpe. The film premiered in Trinidad & Tobago in August.' 

 

Friday October 24

 

'The Black Image'

 

WHERE: London South Bank University, Southwark Campus, Abbey Conference Suite   WHEN: 5:30PM - 8PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Explore the portrayal of African people in visual media over the centuries. Watch this revealing presentation and film, which explore the portrayal of African people in visual media over the centuries. In the 15th century African people were portrayed in European art as noble sophisticated and intelligent.  With the rise of Empire these images were replaced with demeaning stereotypes, which still inform public opinion today.' 

 

'Marley (2012) Film Showing'   

 

WHERE: Minet Library, 52 Knatchbull Road, SE5 9QY   WHEN: 2PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Minet Film club presents Kevin McDonald’s Marley, a documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.  Made with the support of the Marley family, there is rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.'

 

Monday October 27

 

'Book launch with author  Abyna–Ansaa Adjei'

 

WHERE: Brixton Library, Brixton, SW2 1JQ   WHEN: 2:30PM - 3:30PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Renowned Ghanaian author Abyna– Ansaa Adjei will be launching her new book: ANANSESEM II – More Adventures of Kweku Ananse. This is the story of the most cunning spider that ever lived. Ananse stories originated from Ghana, and are famous the world over. Abyna- Ansaa’s will be available to sign copies of her book.' Books will be available to buy for £6.99. 

 

'The challenging stories of African and Caribbean people in the British Military Forces'

 

WHERE: Clapham Library, Mary Seacole Centre, SW4 7DB   WHEN: 5:30PM - 6:30PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'This audio-visual presentation by Kwaku, a leading music and history consultant, shows the contribution and role of Africans andCaribbeans, drawn from the British Empire to the First World War, and some of the challenges they had to deal with at home in the 'Mother country' and elsewhere. This  thought provoking presentation ends with a Q and A session.' Suitable for ages 13 plus.

 

'Princess and the Frog  Film afternoon for the family'

 

WHERE: Minet Library, Knatchbull Road, SE5 9QY   WHEN: 2PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, The Princess and the Frog moves the classic fairy tale to a snazzy version of 1920s New Orleans. Tiana, the first African-American Disney heroine, is not a princess, but a young woman who hopes to fulfil her father's dream of opening a restaurant to serve food that will bring people together from all walks of life.'

 

Tuesday October 28

 

'Celebrate the wisdom of elders and Jamaican proverbs'

 

WHERE: Torridon Road Library   WHEN: 6:30PM - 8:15PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Join Lorlett Hudson as she discusses from her book Things Mama Used to Say.  Nadine Walker from Yummi Design will also be reflecting on the impact and inspiration of Jamaican Proverbs. Family event.  Children under 8 must be accompanied.  Pre-booking required.'  

 

'The Celebration of the life of  Maya Angelou'

 

WHERE: Wickway Community Centre, Peckham, SE15 6PL   WHEN: 2PM - 5:30PM, 6PM - 9PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'An exhibition and open mic session celebrating the work of Maya Angelou and using spoken word to evaluate the struggles, issues and aspirations that she wrote and spoke about, against the struggles, issues and aspirations of young people in Southwark. Time: 2pm to 5.30pm - exhibition;  6pm to 9pm - living the legacy open mic session; advance booking required for open mic session.'

 

Wednesday October 29

 

'Book launch with author Abyna–Ansaa Adjei'

 

WHERE: Tate South Lambeth Library, SW8 1PQ   WHEN: 2:30PM - 3:30PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Renowned Ghanaian author Abyna– Ansaa Adjei will be launching her new book: ANANSESEM II – More Adventures of Kweku Ananse. This is the story of the most cunning spider that ever lived. Ananse stories originated from Ghana, and are famous the world over. Abyna- Ansaa’s will be available to sign copies of her book.' Books will be on sale for £6.99. 

 

'Hair Braiding Family Workshop'

 

WHERE: Clapham Library, Mary Seacole Centre, SW4 7DB   WHEN: 2PM - 5PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Have you ever wanted to braid your hair and do not know the technique? Stylist Funmi Akisanya talks through the techniques and skills for a diverse range of hair types. The event will be a one hour presentation followed by a practical workshop. Booking essential.'

 

Thursday October 30

 

'Samson Adeyemi launches Lessons from my Father'

 

WHERE: Crofton Park Community Library, Brockley Road, SE4 2AG   WHEN: 7PM - 8PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Samson Adeyemi is a former Youth MP for the borough and an accomplished motivational speaker. His first book is an appropriate read during the Family Learning Festival as the 23 year old writer advocates for the wisdom of elders. Samson will be selling signed copies of his book on the night. Booking advised.'

 

'The Adventures and Life of Mary Seacole' 

 

WHERE: Durning Library, 167 Kennington Lane, SE11 4HF   WHEN: 2:30PM - 3:30PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Historian, storyteller and literacy consultant Sandra Agard takes us on a journey of what life was like growing up with one of the most famous black Britons of our time Mary Seacole. We learn through the eyes of her sister Louisa Grant what Mary was like as a child in a captivating interactive storytelling session. (Ages 5 to 12 years)'

 

'Stories from Africa'

 

WHERE: West Norwood Library, The Old Library Centre, 14-16 Knights Hill, SE27 0HY   WHEN: 2:30PM - 3:30PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Hear the tales of how Anansi became king of all the stories and how the Zebra got his stripes, brought vividly to life as your children revel in creating vibrant African scenes and marvel in the cunning Anansi capturing Osebo, the fearsome leopard.'  

 

'The Untold story of Black British History'

 

WHERE: Streatham Library, 63 Streatham High Road, SW16 1PL   WHEN: 11AM - 2PM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Join us for a day of workshops and activities packed full of fun facts, painting, drawing, storytelling and drama, creative writing and activities describing the unique cultural footprint of London’s past. Something for all the family including making your own  T-Shirt designs and Black historical photos.'

 

Friday October 31

 

'Stories from Africa' 

 

WHERE: Waterloo Library, 114-118 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AG   WHEN: 10:30AM - 11:30AM  |   PRICEFREE

 

'Hear the tales of how Anansi became king of all the stories and how the Zebra got his stripes, brought vividly to life as your children revel in creating vibrant African scenes and marvel in the cunning Anansi capturing Osebo, the fearsome leopard.'