Logo of Wandsworth Black History Month 2023 overlaid on a background of Pan-African colours.

Wandsworth Council celebrates Black History Month 2023

This October, Wandsworth Council is marking Black History Month with a programme of events proudly celebrating Black culture.

This year’s theme is ‘Celebrating our Sisters, Saluting our Sisters, and Honouring Matriarchs of Movements’, designed to highlight extraordinary Black women and how they have made and continue to make a difference in society

Deputy leader of Wandsworth Council Kemi Akinola, herself of Grenadian and Nigerian heritage, expressed her enthusiasm for this year’s events.

”As a proud Black woman and the deputy leader of Wandsworth Council, I am very excited about the theme of this year which is focused on shining the spotlight on Black women who have made an indelible mark in our community.

”From the past to the present, Black women have stood at the forefront of the fight for equality and justice, and it’s very important that we never cease to celebrate and support the incredible Black women who continue to inspire us all.

Events running this year to celebrate Black History Month include:

An Interactive Poetry Performance at Ark Putney and Roehampton Library exclusive to Wandsworth Primary Schools by Children’s Poet Laureate, Joseph Coelho.

A pop-up market celebrating Black-owned businesses in Southside Wandsworth alongside a book signing by local legend and former boxer Frank Bruno.  

A Wandsworth Sheroes exhibition featuring portraits of female founders and women in the community, available for public viewing in Wandsworth Town Hall until the end of the month.

A screening of Hidden Treasures – a creative project highlighting Black Heritage through workshops, arts, jewellery, and conversations – at Battersea Arts Centre.

Councillor Akinola said: ”As a council, we remain committed to fostering an environment where everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive and succeed, regardless of their racial or ethnic background especially as we bid to become London Borough of Culture 2025.

”This year, everyone will enjoy our best-ever celebration of Black history and culture.

“We will talk about important issues that affect Black people and put on many activities and events across the borough.”

The full programme of events can be found here.

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