Bexley marks Black History Month

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:11 10 October 2018

October is Black History Month. Picture: PA Archive

October is Black History Month. Picture: PA Archive

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October is Black History Month and Bexley will be marking it with a series of events.

They will take place for the rest of the month and November, telling Bexley’s rich and diverse story of migration using real accounts from local residents.

The Exchange and Bexley African Caribbean Community Association will be displaying a Windrush Exhibition at Hall Place and Gardens from Monday October 8 to Wednesday October 31.

This interactive exhibition will look at the themes of migration and display photographs, personal items and testimonies from residents that represent the contribution that migrants have made to Bexley 70 years since the arrival of the Empire Windrush.

The exhibition will be at Hall Place for the duration of Black History Month, with a family friendly weekend of interactive workshops planned for the weekend of October 27/28.

The exhibition will then make its way to the Thames Innovation Centre in Erith in November.

A smaller pop-up version of the exhibition will also be on display at the Central Library in Bexleyheath throughout October.

Freshwater Theatre will be bringing its fun and educational storytelling sessions Stories from Africa and A Caribbean Story to children and families at some of Bexley’s libraries.

Children aged four and above can watch How Anansi became King of the entire Stories and How the Zebra got his Stripes dramatically unfold through vibrant African scenes.

Stories from Africa is on Monday October 22 at either 11am to 12 noon at Crayford Library or 2pm to 3pm at Erith Library.

Children aged four to seven can hear the story of a young girl and her fisherman grandfather in A Caribbean Story on Wednesday Ocotber 24 at 11am to 12 noon at Central Library in Bexleyheath and 2pm to 3pm at Welling Library.

Tickets to the library storytelling sessions are free and can be booked by calling the Libraries team on 020 8303 7777 option four.

A Caribbean Story at Central Library must be booked online.

Peabody and the House of Commons are working with artist Scarlett Crawford on a special project entitled First Waves to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Race Relations Act.

Scarlett worked with community groups from Thamesmead and across the Country to share their experiences of race relations through drawing, participatory photography and recorded interviews.

The artworks will be exhibited from Saturday October 6 to Wednesday October 31 at the Information Hub in Thamesmead.

Cllr Alex Sawyer, Bexley’s cabinet member for communities, said: “Black History Month gives us an opportunity to reflect on and teach our children the important histories, achievements and contributions of those from African and Caribbean descent.

“We’re proud to live in a diverse and colourful borough, welcoming people from all walks of life.

“This is why it is important that we don’t limit Black History to just one month.

“We’re putting plans in place to see that everyone’s history is celebrated and observed all year round.”

Black History Month was first introduced in the UK in 1987 by Akyaaba Addai Sebo, a special projects officer at the Greater London Council, and has been celebrated every year since.

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