Abi Heath and Josh McLennon from Kilburn & Strode have kindly shared with us an article they wrote for their colleagues for Black History Month. They’ve compiled a list of Black History Month (BHM) events taking place in and around London during October 2021, so if you’re based in London or are able to visit, do see if you can tie in with one of these.

Josh is also a member of our IP & ME committee. He’s organised another of their online “coffee club” meets for the end of the month, so that’s another event you might want to put in the diary. It’s a half-hour informal chat from 9.30 to 10 am on Friday 29 October, and is open to both BAME IP professionals and allies. You can find the details here.

Abi and Josh write:

Black History Month is in full swing this October as you all know. There are a wide range of events running throughout the month, from exhibitions to performances and pop-up shops – something for absolutely everyone!

As part of Kilburn & Strode’s Diversity Forum, we’ve put together a shortlist of some of the most interesting celebrations in London and the surrounding areas below. You have to let us know if you attend any – we’d love to hear what you thought.

For those outside of London, we’d also love to hear if you have any BHM event recommendations too!


[Click on the titles for more information and bookings.]


Beauty & Power – Black History Month Photography | Whitechapel
1 Oct to 27 Oct

A photographic exhibition featuring ten Black artists who showcase a diverse range of stunning portraits and observations about motherhood, superheroes, identity, and rituals past and present. The show is a celebration of Black culture, perception and moving personal experience.


Black History Month 2021 – Honour, Remember, Inspire | Zari Gallery 
4 Oct to 29 Oct

To celebrate Black History Month, Zari Gallery presents an exhibition featuring British and international Black artists each telling their own story and showcasing their contribution to the art world.


Jamii pop up shop | BOXPARK Shoreditch 
20 Oct to 24 Oct

Head down to the BOXPARK Shoreditch pop-up to celebrate Black History Month, featuring 22 Black-owned businesses in one store. A curated range of products from Black British makers is featured, including beauty, fashion, food, accessories, candles and greetings cards, to name a few!


Centre Stage: Black History Month Special | Poplar
23 Oct

Centre Stage presents a specially curated group of up-and-coming artists to join their live band for a conscious celebration of Black History in Music.


Black History Month – Nzinga Dance – African & Caribbean Dance Workshops | Brixton 
24 Oct

The Brixton Oval presents a dance workshop to learn, celebrate and enjoy cultural dance and how dance speaks to us of heritage, history, culture and everyday life. All are welcome – classes are open level, no experience necessary at all, and beginners are very welcome. This event also includes a free evening event BLAQOLOGY – An A-Z celebratory musical journey through the treasure trove of Africa & Diaspora music.


Black History Month – Family Storytelling | RAF museum
28 Oct and 29 Oct

For those with children, the RAF museum presents an interactive storytelling experience aimed at children ages 7 to 11.  You’ll be immersed in a fun and engaging retelling of what it was like for Black personnel to leave their home country and join the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. 


COBO : Comedy Shutdown Black History Month Special |Streatham 
30 Oct

Join COBO : Comedy Of Black Origin for a memorable show featuring the very best of established and new comedy talent – both homegrown and international. COBO also pride themselves on presenting and championing comedians who appeal to comedy lovers of all ages and backgrounds.


Black History Walks and Tours
Throughout the year

Black History Walks provides walking tours, river cruises and bus tours of London. Expert tour guides will help participants to uncover the 3,500 years of Black history in London through interactive discussion and exceptional educational experiences. There are 12 walking tours of London to choose from. Each area has been carefully selected for its importance in Black history. Check out their website for upcoming tours in your area.


We hope you are inspired to attend one of these events, or take advantage of one of the many others being offered this October.


Abi Heath & Josh McLennon



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Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.


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