Waltham Forest is celebrating Black History Month with a range of free events in libraries, ranging from interactive workshops to photography exhibitions and a chance to meet and greet with local black authors.
The arrival of Black History Month every October in the UK provides a chance for people all over the country to learn about and celebrate Black history, with many cities across the country staging local efforts to highlight important figures and events in Afro-Caribbean history.
There’s something for all the family to enjoy including making your own African print hair accessory, meeting local children’s authors and artists, or discovering the history of black people in East London on Peter Ashan’s freedom walks.
Some of the other events on offer celebrating African and Caribbean communities include:
Meet the authors of ‘Our Roots’ – Meet and talk to a few of the talented 27 “Young Lit Stars” aged 6 to 13 years old who have collectively written a book of interviews of their grandparents tales of a brave generation that ventured into the unknown and built a life and a legacy here in the UK.
At Hale End Library on Saturday 9 October, Wood Street Library on Saturday 16 October and Chingford Library on Saturday 23 October.
Freedom walks with Peter Ashan – Join Peter Ashan on these guided tours, starting from Leytonstone Library on Sunday 3 October and Sunday 24 October, leaving at 2pm, to discover East London’s black history dating all the way back to the 16th and 17th centuries, when Britain was a colonial power and part of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in Waltham Forest and East London.
All events are free but must be booked online.