The initial purpose of Black History Month was to promote the organised teaching of African history in the diaspora. Since its first event in 1926, black history months' celebration takes place in different forms to entertain and inspire present and the next generation.
October in the UK is the time of the year with amazing moments to connect with a deep though under-represented roots. Some of these events address areas from serious social issues to experience awesome food, fashion and to initiate important relationships.
Here are 10 events across the UK this October, Black History Month 2018.
Fashion Enthusiast: Book Talk 'Style in My DNA' by Lorna Holder, London
Fashion enthusiast will embrace this event. You will delve into how the Caribbean influenced fashion in Britain. The host Lorna Holder is the author of the book ”Style in My DNA” and she encourages you to explore exclusive fashion photography and illustrations from the late 1940s.
When: Sat 20 October 2018 @ 14:30–16:30
Swiss Cottage Library
88 Avenue Road
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Inspiration for the Youths: Heroes to Heritage, Croydon.
This event is a celebration! Hosted by Croydon BME forum, this events is in its 5th year. This event will shine a light on those who've made considerable contributions to black history while still honouring the next generation of young leaders.
When: 2 October 2018 @ 18:00–20:30
Selhurst Park Stadium
SE25 6PU Go here to book Entrepreneurs and Business Owner Hopefuls: Generation Success Power Series, London
In the age when the Buy Black movement is mature, events such as these are always a treat. There will be a panel of outstanding leaders sharing both their career and business journeys.
As the year comes to a close, here’s an excellent way to become motivated for your own entrepreneurial undertaking. Get the encouragement to act and while building meaningful relationships through face 2 face networking.
When: Fri 26 October 2018 @ 18:00–21:30
The Queen's Walk
SE1 2AA Go here to book Are you Passionate about Protection of BME Women? Expert-led Training: Working with young BME women
This event addresses a significant social issue, violence against BME women.
While there's no evidence that black women are more susceptible to domestic violence
, they may have added hindrances to getting the proper level of support they need. The group of organisations hosting this event is zealous to raise awareness and couldn't be more prompt when many still fight for women's rights.
The session serves to highlight the exact issues and the importance of working with young BME women. If you are someone who'd like to further understand domestic violence and to become empowered to act,
then this event is for you.
When: October 10, 2018 @ 10:30 AM–12:30 PM
3rd Floor, Tindlemanor
52-54 Featherstone Street
EC1Y 8RT Go here to book Interested in Mental Health event, London? BME Voices Talk Mental Health Conference 2018
Mental health affects Afro-Caribbean people 3-5 times higher
than other ethnic minority groups.
This event does just that! Hosted by BME voices, this event is for healthcare professionals including students to further understand mental health in the BME community.
This is a first-time event that has a line-up of exceptional professionals in their various field.
When: Sat 20 October 2018 @ 09:30–17:30
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Islington
60 Pentonville Road
N1 9LA Go here to book Become Motivated to Aim Higher: Brilliant and BAME, Manchester
This event is hosted
by the University of Manchester staff and student body. The aim of the event is to recognise and celebrate the notable contributions that individuals from BAME backgrounds have done in Manchester and Britain.
Staff and students will discuss projects which promote equality, diversity and inclusion as part of the University Showcase.
When: Wed 3rd October @ 12:00–15:30 BST
University of Manchester
176 Oxford Road
M13 9PL Go here to book
Experience a blend of African Culture and Food: Black History Celebration, Derby
Hosted by UnityWorks youth group that educates young people about their African roots. This celebration promises to celebrate exceptional black people with the aim to encourage equal opportunity and diversity. Attending this event will also help the host raise finances to sustain the organisation. There will be local businesses present, food, beauty products and extensive networking opportunities.
When: Sat 20 October 2018 @ 15:00–22:00
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Recognising Black-Owned Businesses: Why Networking Works, Leicester
NatWest Business Leicester team will host this event and it's to celebrate black-owned businesses contributions to the UK economy. This is a remarkable opportunity for everybody in business to attend, learn and network with like-minded individuals. Business experts will share their top tips and best practices to aid your own business growth. You will hear from Byron Dixon OBE, chemist and award-winning Black Business Owner.
When: 30 October 2018 @ 08:30–11:00
Soft Touch Arts
50 New Walk
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Into your Jamaican Folklore? Check out this event, Jamaican Folk Songs, London
If you enjoy Jamaican folk songs than this one is for you. Funded by Southwark council, the Dulwich Music Festival offers a free concert for Black History Month. The talented South London-based musicians Adwoa Dickson and Lorraine Liyanage will perform the recitals. Wray & Nephew sponsors this event and there's the added incentive a complimentary rum punch with a donation to Westminster House Youth Club.
When: October 27th 4-5pm
St Barnabas Parish Hall
23 Dulwich Village
SE21 7BT London
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Learn about Black Scientist and their Contributions: Balancing the Equation, London
This educational event will let you realise the symbolic influence of black scientists from the past and present. Scientists of colour are under-represented but this event will educate you as you explore their contributions and the effects of lack of diversity on the industry.
When: 8 October 2018 @ 19:00–20:30
The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
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Representation matters! We need only to look at how young black children motivated by the Black Panther. October is the time of year where everybody can become influenced to do well whether it be in business, career or personal lives. No excuses! Support for these events is important.
You never know who you'll meet and what you'll learn.