Black History Month 2021

Three black women and two black men talking in front of a wall.

All year round we host a wide range of events reflecting on the history, lives and contributions of people of African and Caribbean descent.

Black History Month has been marked in the UK for over 40 years, offering an opportunity for us to highlight events covering the history of the Black presence in Britain, the work of Black writers and poets, stories from the Africa Diaspora, and much more

You can find an extensive variety of past events on our Player.

Series events

A photograph of Tsitsi Dangarembga by Hannah Mentz
At the Library and online

PEN Pinter Prize 2021: Tsitsi Dangarembga

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Carroll Thompson
At the Library

Classic Album Sundays presents Carroll Thompson

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Harewood standing in a corridor
At the Library and online

Literature Matters – RSL 200: David Harewood in conversation with Gary Younge

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Andrew Salkey, monochrome
At the Library and online

Keep On Keeping On: Celebrating Andrew Salkey

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Africa Writes visitor
At the Library and online

Africa Writes Festival – Day One

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Woman holding bowl in burnt forest
At the Library and online

Africa Writes Festival - Inherited: All Our Names

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Women smiling
At the Library and online

Africa Writes Festival – Day Two

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Mona Eltahawy
At the Library and online

Africa Writes Festival - Dismantling the Patriarchy: Mona Eltahawy in conversation

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Nawal El Sadaawi
Online

Be Your Own Hero: Celebrating Nawal El Sadaawi

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Audience of Somalians
At the Library

Inspired by the Past, Inspiring the Future: Somali Week Festival Launch

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Two men and three women
At the Library and online

A Home from Home: Notting Hill since the 1950s

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Paddington Bear with musicians
At the Library

Late at the Library: London is the Place for Me

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