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How to (virtually) celebrate Black History Month (BHM)

BHM is nearly ending, but there are still plenty of ways you can celebrate and support events from Black creators. We have specifically chosen free activities to ensure that as many as possible can enjoy BHM. Eventbrite has kindly made it easier for us at GGM UK to find and recommend events to all of you.

The One Woman Black History Show

This event, on October 24, may have an ominous name, but it is jam-packed with events for the whole family. In a bid to draw attention to some of the key moments in Black British history, attendees will be introduced to Caribbean music and dance and Afro Caribbean Folk tales. The event ends with a quiz; the perfect way to brush up on all that you have learnt from the day.

Getting Your Voice Heard In UK Parliament

Between 12pm and 1pm on October 27, University of Birmingham’s Women’s Network are offering women the chance to make racial issues a focal matter in Parliament. The session will be run by a representative from Parliament and will guide those who attend on the parliamentary process. Let’s make sure that the end of BHM does not mean an end to the BLM movement.

Jamii Pop Up Shop

BOXPARK Shoreditch is the place to be between October 28 and November 1, as 22 black-owned businesses will be popping up at that location to commemorate BHM. You can find anything from haircare and skincare products to athleisure and children’s toys. Make sure to register your interest here. Technically, this event is not free as you are encouraged to purchase products, but it is for a good cause and the registration process will not set you back a penny.

Black History Month with Akala

The multi-talented Akala — who is a rapper, journalist, author, activist and poet — will be talking about protests, progress and the police on October 29. His virtual talk is organised by the African and Caribbean Support Organisation NI. It starts at 1.30pm and is free, like all of the other recommendations in this article, creating even more of an incentive to register.

Creative Conversations: Bernardine Evaristo

We had to include this event after one of our writers, Olamide, wrote an impassioned review on Evaristo’s book, Girl Woman Other. Evaristo will be speaking about her literary and media achievements — writing and presenting a two-part BBC Radio 4 documentary in 2015 called Fiery Inspiration: Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement, and winning the Booker Prize for Girl Woman Other in 2019. These are just a few from a list of accolades, which can be accessed here. Please join if you can on October 30 at 1pm.

AUTHOR: Danielle Desouza

I am a 22 year old Politics and Communication Masters student at LSE, makeshift musician and aspiring political broadcaster. I am a staunch supporter of both gender and racial equality, being female and Indian. I want to edge closer to this goal daily by bringing to light injustices, through all forms of journalism.


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