Focus on Black History Month

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Simone Trumpet: The Divinity of Afro Hair

This month offers a chance to experience events, discussions and more around the country to mark Black History Month.

You can watch CHWA's conversation with activist and art therapist Olatunde Spence here:

In Peckham, Black Cultural Archives has launched The Poetic Relief Project – a partnership with Poetic Unity and Theatre Peckham to deliver a youth employment and mental health scheme. BCA say that "The Poetic Relief Project will help young people hit hardest by the pandemic find employment opportunities and receive transformative mental health support."

At Liverpool Museums (North West Museums Champion for the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance), the October programme "includes thought-provoking displays, topical talks and discussions, a series of film screenings and author-led storytelling for children". Some of the highlights include a discussion and performance reflecting on the 1981 Uprisings, and a talk by author Lucy Bland, drawing on research from her book, Britain’s 'Brown Babies’: The stories of children born to Black GIs and white women in the Second World War (read more here). 

Derby Museum and Gallery (East Midlands Museums Champion) is hosting jazz from Black Top and Xhosa Cole on 23 October as part of it's month's activities.

Manchester Museum (whose Director Esmé Ward is Chair of the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance) features Simone Trumpet: The Divinity of Afro Hair, a free online photography exhibition, as part of its Black History Month & Beyond online showcase. The showcase also features a screening of Welcoming to England by Amber Akaunu and a series of conversations led by REIYL: Researchers Exploring Inclusive Youth Literature, a collective of students, early career and established researchers "who facilitate knowledge exchange on issues of inclusion, equity and justice in youth literature and media".