Black History Month
To commemorate Black History Month, Wandsworth Council will be sharing the stories and experiences of Black people who live, work or study in the borough to recognise the outstanding contribution that Black people have made in shaping our borough and allow the wider community to better understand the histories of fellow residents, colleagues and students making a positive difference in Wandsworth and to inspire them.
Watch Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council:
This year all events and activities will be streamed online on the Wandsworth Libraries Facebook page and YouTube. The programme includes events for residents, children and families.
A virtual tour of 575 Wandsworth Road, the former home of Kenyan-born British civil servant and poet, Khadambi Asalache (1935-2006). Asalache hand-carved almost every surface of the interior of his home using reclaimed wood. This event is presented by National Trust and Wandsworth Council.
S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys project
Kay Rufai's award-winning 'S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys' project, a research-led mental wellbeing project for Black boys in London, can currently be seen around Nine Elms, London. Accompanying the exhibition, in recognition of Black History Month Kay Rufai presents a blog and poem on how Black history (or his-story) is lived.
Children’s Centres across the borough are organising Black History Month related events. For further details please ask at your local centre.
Celebrating and spotlighting black owned businesses and leaders
This October 2020, the Council will launch a series of videos aimed at commemorating and celebrating the history, achievements and contributions of Black people in Wandsworth.
Watch Troy and Jarrell founders of Juici Jerk
Watch Felicia Mattis-Rome, Deputy CEO of Business Launchpad and Trident Business Centre
Watch Zenovia Grant, the council's Emerging Needs Pathway Practitioner
Watch Chantelle Daniel, Head of Employment and Skills at the council
Watch Joyce Fraser, from the Black Heroes Foundation
Watch Obed Yeboah, CEO of Shapeways.io
Watch Camillia Dick, Assistant General Manager for Outpatients at St. George's Hospital
Watch Renata Joseph, headteacher of St. Cecilia's CofE School
Watch Leon Morant, Owner of Get Juiced in Tooting Market
Watch Tanya Matthews Acquah, Programme manager from Black Minds Matter
Watch, Fiona Small founder of the Young Mums Support Network
Watch Marlene Price, vice chairman of the Borough Residents' Forum
Pupils from Swaffield Primary School and Mr. Chambers