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Black History Month is your chance to discover and celebrate the achievements of the African and Caribbean communities in Westminster and the wider UK.

Read the stories of local heroes who inspire and motivate our community.

This October we will also be hosting a series of free events:

Policing: know your rights

1pm, Wednesday 7 October 2020

The Bi-borough Legal Services of RBKC and WCC have teamed up with the Metropolitan Police to discuss the lawful procedures during Stop and Search, pullovers, arrests and what onlookers should and should not do.
 
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WCC Archives and Black History Studies lunchtime webinars

12pm, every Friday, from Friday 2 October 2020

Join us at lunchtime for an enlightening journey through Black History with Westminster's Archives team and Black History Studies. Each webinar will cover a different topic.

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History and context - why Black Lives Matter

12pm, Thursday 8 October 2020

Join us at this session, to explore historical stories through to the present day that trace the experiences of black young people.

You'll hear from special guests, Michael Parker CBE and Dr Aggrey Burke.

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Youth justice and disproportionality

Join us for a session where we will explore justice and disproportionality faced by young black people living in Westminster.

You'll hear from special guests including, young residents living in Westminster, mentors from Wilmot Dixon and the Youth Offending Team, and The Chase star Shaun Wallace who will talk about this own experiences in the justice system , in particular as a professional and black male.

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Ignatius Sancho: a journey of discovery by Jo Langston

6.30pm, Thursday 15 October 2020

A talk about the life of Ignatius Sancho by Jo Langston. Ignatius who was born on a slave ship in 1729 and is now famed as the first person of African heritage to vote in Britain.

The talk will be 40–50 minutes long, followed by a Q&A. You will have the opportunity to submit questions in writing via the Q&A live chat.

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Meet the authors: Uju and Keona Maduforo

6.30pm, Wednesday 7 October 2020

Charing Cross Library invites you to join Uju and Keona Maduforo to discuss their book Uncle Gugi's Wedding.

Uncle Gugi's Wedding is an uplifting, witty and educational account based on their visit to Nigeria for the wedding of Uju's brother. The story is narrated entirely as though through Keona's eyes. It is aimed at 7-12 year olds but has much information for readers of all ages.

Find out what inspired them to write and illustrate the book.

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Black History Month celebration

Join us for a fun-filled virtual celebration to recognise the many contributions that Black African and Caribbean people have made in Britain.

We will have performances from special guests, including Westminster City Council's staff choir - Every Voice Counts.

More details about the celebration will be revealed closer to the time, but sign up now so you don't miss out and stay tuned.

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Last updated: 2 October 2020