Black History 365

We launched the Black History 365 initiative in October 2022. This focuses on celebrating the accomplishments and culture of Black people all year round with several events held throughout the year. 

All year long, we will be sharing the stories and experiences of people of African or Caribbean heritage who live, work or study in the borough, to recognise the outstanding contribution that people of the African diaspora have made in shaping our borough.

Black History Month is celebrated across October in the UK, and this year Wandsworth had an extensive programme of events. The theme for 2023 was 'Celebrating our Sisters, Saluting our Sisters, and Honouring Matriarchs of Movements'. It was aimed at honouring all the remarkable Black women who have made and are still making a difference in our society.

As a council, we want to enable the wider community to better understand the histories of fellow residents, colleagues and students making a positive difference in Wandsworth, and to inspire them.

View the deputy leader of Wandsworth Council Cllr Kemi Akinola talking about celebrating the achievements of Black people in the borough – during Black History Month and all year round.

Celebration and spotlight videos

To celebrate Black culture, we will spotlight individuals and businesses from across our borough as they share their stories, and provide insight into what Black History Month means to them and life in Wandsworth. We will be sharing these stories weekly on our digital channels.

Frank Bruno comes home to Wandsworth

Izzie Kpobe-Mensah, equality inclusion practitioner at the Royal College of Art, jeweller and author

Neomi Bennett, developer of the medical device Neo-Slip

Cllr Kemi Akinola, Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet Member for business 

Barbara Yarde, goldsmith

Camelia, co-owner of Mud Cafe

Ernest, owner of Maat Emporium

Victoria Agyekum, co-founder of OnPoint

Jefferson Iweh, employability tutor and foodbank volunteer

Orode Faka, director of R.O.C.K.S International Arts

Cllr Kemi Akinola, Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet Member for business