Black History Month

Published: Wednesday 28th September 11

October is Black History Month, with a string of events celebrating Black and Asian culture in libraries across the borough.


Black History Month 2011 in WandsworthThis year's programme includes Diwali celebrations, a chance to meet Alastair Hazell, author of the controversial book The Last Slave Market, and a talk by Dr Elizabeth Williams from the University of London on the Black and Asian fight against apartheid in Britain .

The programme kicks off this Saturday (October 1) at Battersea Library with a poetry-writing workshop. Ugandan-born poet Nick Makoha will share his trade secrets.

Other highlights include the chance for women to gain hands-on practical experience of wearing traditional African head-wraps at Battersea Library, on October 19.

On October 29 at Tooting Library Dr Siva Thiagarajah will explain the diversity of Sri Lankan culture, while Southfields Library invites you to discover one of the most unique cultures in Latin America with Ecuadorian food tasting, recipes and music.

There are a wide range of other activities, including events for children. Most of the events are free, though booking is essential.

Download the event guide from or pick up a copy from your local library. You can also contact Liliana Ferreira, Senior Community Librarian, on (020) 8871 7466 or email


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