Let the celebrations begin - Black History Month 2010

Across the borough, throughout Black History Month (October 2010) Hackney Council will be celebrating achievements by Black African and Caribbean communities in creative art and media.

To coincide with the annual, national Black History Month celebrations the Council will be showcasing some of the community s modern day talents, as well as taking a look at contributions made in the past.

Events are free and taking place at Hackney Museum and libraries until December 2010. There is something for everyone including sessions featuring guest speakers, music workshops, seminars, creative writing sessions and film screenings.

This year, celebrations begin with a joint launch event with the Reggae Rebels exhibition at Hackney Museum on Thursday 23 September.

Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Community Services, Jonathan McShane said: “We are proud of the achievements of Black African and Caribbean communities in Hackney which is why we celebrate throughout the year. October’s Black History Month gives us the opportunity to come together and celebrate how Black culture has shaped and still shaping our borough. This year the Council is putting on some fantastic events, most of which are free so come along, get involved and celebrate the diversity of our borough.”

What do we look like?
Monday 4 October
6.00pm – 7.00pm
Hommerton Library
The portrayal of Black communities in the media with Joy Francis

An audience with Michael McMillan
Tuesday 12 October
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Stamford Hill Library
Please book a place.
Join Michael to find out what inspired him to collaborate with the Geffrye Museum to create the West Indian Front Room exhibition.

Reggae Bizz Quiz
Thursday 14 October
6.00pm – 7.30pm
Hackney Museum
Test your Reggae music knowledge with quiz master Shaun Spence.

Get started on that script
Monday 18 October
6.30pm -8.00pm
Stoke Newington Library
Over 18’s. Please the contact library to book a place.
Writer and journalist Joy Francis will run through the do’s and don’t of script writing.

100 years of international Women’s Month and Black Women in the media
Thursday 21 October
6.30pm– 7.30pm
Shoreditch Library
Over 16’s.
Presenter, broadcaster and journalist Juliet Alexander looks at the women who have influenced her and how.

Film screening of Legacy in the Dust
Thursday 18 November
5.00pm – 8.30pm
Hackney Museum
Contact the museum to book a place.Screening of the four Aces film and discussion with director Winstan Whitter.

Film screening of Dub Echoes
Thursday 25 November
6.00pm – 7.30pm
Hackney Museum
Contact the museum to book a place
Screening of the Dub documentary.

To book a place please call Hackney Service Centre on 020 8356 3000 and ask for the venue by name.

This year’s guide to Black History Month is available from libraries, Hackney Museum, and some leisure centres. To check out events and exhibitions please visit: