Hackney’s Black History Season launches with screening of critically-acclaimed Ama

Hackney council is inviting residents to join together in celebration of Black history for Hackney’s annual Black History Season from October to November 2023.

Over the next two months, Hackney Libraries, Hackney Museum, Hackney Archives, Children and Education services and Young Hackney will host an interactive and thought-provoking line-up of events and exhibitions acknowledging the significant contributions of Black and Global Majority communities in Hackney.

This year’s programme, recognising Black culture and achievement in the borough, launches at Dalston’s Rio Cinema with a free director’s cut and Q&A screening of the critically acclaimed film Ama: An African Voyage of Discovery (15) at 3pm on Sunday 1 October.

More highlights of the season include:

Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Human Resources and Equalities

As a council, we are committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, across Hackney. Black History Season offers a moment to reflect on the historical and contemporary contributions of the Black diaspora, paying recognition to their achievements and acknowledge the ongoing fight for racial justice. This period is an opportunity to realise positive change and amplify Black voices in our community.

Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Human Resources and Equalities

While we strive to be an anti-racist borough, it remains important to have focused time to learn, share and celebrate African and African-Caribbean heritage and culture in Hackney and around the world. This year’s programme is another opportunity to acknowledge and recognise the historical and contemporary contributions made by the Black community to life in the borough. I welcome everyone across the borough as we share, enjoy and learn from a history that enriches us all.

Cllr Chris Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care, Leisure and Culture

Visit Love Hackney for further updates and information

Reserve your free spot for the Sunday 1 October screening of Ama here

Check the Black History Season calendar for more events as they are added