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01 October 2012

Black History Month 2012: selected highlights

HACKNEY celebrates Black History Month this October with a programme of entertainment and educational activities for all ages.

There will be a wide range of events for adults, children and young people taking place across the borough, in addition to a large exhibition and programme of school workshops at Hackney Museum.

Activities include sessions featuring inspiring guest speakers, music workshops, dance classes, fun days and song-writing lessons.

One of this year's highlights is the museum's exhibition Celebrating 50 Years of Independence for Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, which traces the story of the Caribbean islands from the days of the Arawaks and the Caribs, through to enslavement and abolition, up to independence in 1962.

It opens on 2 October and will also showcase a project to collect memories of Hackney people who recall life on the islands before independence.

Black History Month is a national, annual celebration of the contribution that black, African and Caribbean communities have made both locally and across the globe.

Most events are free and take place at Hackney Museum and across borough libraries until the end of November, with the museum exhibition running until 12 January next year.

Other highlights:

I don't like cricket, I love it!
29 Sept, Dalston Square
Get involved in the English Cricket Board's Cricket Factory Roadshow, where qualified coaches will put you through your paces.

Black leadership and democracy
9 Oct, Hackney Central Library
Tony Warner, from Black History Walks, highlights those leaders who did great things but were forgotten by history. It also focuses on female leaders in the UK's civil rights movement.

Jamaica's 50th anniversary: reflection of the past 50 years
16 Oct, Homerton Library
Exploring the country's achievements through interactive dance and song, from reggae to sporting successes.

Finding the spotlight: supporting the next generation of black female leaders
18 Oct, Dalston CLR James Library
Black female leaders aren't very visible, yet they do exist. A panel of leading women, chaired by Joy Francis, director of Words Of Colour, attempt to answer questions about black female leadership.

Some events require advance booking. For more info, and a detailed programme of activities, visit: www.hackney.gov.uk/blackhistory-month.htm

A stamp commemorating civil rights activist Claudia Jones

A stamp commemorating civil rights activist Claudia Jones

A stamp commemorating civil rights activist Claudia Jones The second black Hackney mayor Ken Hanson opens Springfield Park in 1985

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