Discover cultural events celebrating Black communities, culture and history during Black History Month 2020 in London, throughout October.
What's on during Black History Month 2020?
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some events have been cancelled. However, you can still celebrate Black History Month at home or in the city with online and socially distanced events.
- Discover contemporary works by Black artists at Zari Gallery's Honour, Remember, Inspire exhibition. 1-30 Oct
- Celebrate Black Londoners through digital talks from the Museum of London Docklands. 2-31 Oct
- Join the Black and British History: Jamaica, Britain and the Akan Maroon War online discussion between historians, to learn about and reflect on the Maroons' war with Britain. 8 Oct
- Explore illustrations and abstract portraiture inspired by Xavier Laurent Leopold's life at the Xavi Art Exhibition at OXO Tower Wharf. 21-25 Oct
- Pick up crafts and unique items from Black-owned businesses at the African, Caribbean, Cultural Family Fun Day and Craft Fair in Hackney. 24 Oct
- Spot the black postbox by the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, one of the four postboxes in Britain transformed in celebration of achievements of Black Britons.
- Then pop into the Black Cultural Archives to dig into the Stories of Black Leadership II: Breaking Barriers exhibition.
- Get a behind-the-scenes scoop of the lives of Black Londoners, listen to talks or embark on an educational family trail at the Museum of London this month.
- Be inspired by Black music artists of Croydon at the digital exhibition, The Sounds of Croydon: From Samuel Coleridge-Taylor to Stormzy.
- Journey through 60 years of Nigerian independence through conversations, music performance and an exhibition as part of Nigeria60 at the Horniman Museum.
Learn about Black history all year round
London celebrates and appreciates Black culture and communities through exhibitions, walks and landmarks all year round.
- Head to the Museum of London Docklands to sharpen your knowledge about the impact of the trade of sugar and enslaved Africans, through the London, Sugar and Slavery exhibition.
- Choose from 12 guided tours by Black History Walks around the capital, all uncovering more than 3,500 years of London's Black history.
- You can also join an educational movie screening each month to widen your horizons.
- Go on a search for the Blue Plaques and Nubian Jak plaques [PDF 7.32 MB], which commemorate Black members of the community who left a powerful footprint on London and the world.
- Seek out the Gilt of Cain sculpture in the City of London, which marks the abolition of transatlantic slave trade in 1807.
- Keep up to date with news and campaigns, and learn how you can be a better ally with London-based educational charity, the Institute of Race Relations.
- Support Black-owned businesses across London! Stock up on top-quality chocolates from Dark Sugars, enjoy a juice from Get Juiced! Bar in Tooting, pick up a new prickly plant friend from Prick LDN or grab a cuppa at the beautiful Saint Aymes cafe.
- Learn about the Windrush Stories at the British Library, which explore the relationship between Britain and the Caribbean from 1948 and beyond.
- And pick up a book on the topic from New Beacon Books, which was the first Black publisher in the UK, founded in 1966.
What is Black History Month?
Black History Month is an annual celebration of the achievements of Black communities and the remembrance of Black history across the world. In the UK, Black History Month takes place throughout October.
First celebrated in the UK in 1987, the month-long festival includes educational events, exhibitions, shows, talks, memorial services and installations across London that raise awareness of history and celebrate traditions, customs and cultures.