Black History Month community events

A number of community events are being held in the city for Black History Month over the next few weeks, celebrating the continued achievements and contributions of Black people to the UK and around the world.

BMECP

The Black & Minority Ethnic Community Partnership Centre is hosting an evening event to mark Black History Month on Friday from 4pm to 7pm on Friday 22 October. 

It’s an evening of music, history, poetry and short films, and also offers people within the BMECP community an opportunity to meet, greet and interact while projecting the good virtues of history.

The event is taking place in Rose Room, BMECP Centre, 10A Fleet Street, Brighton. For enquiries, email contact@bmecp.org.uk.

Afrori Books Grand Opening

Brighton & Hove’s first black bookshop hosts its grand opening from 10am on Tuesday 26 October

Owner Carolynn Bain ran a highly successful crowdfunding campaign that reaffirmed the black community’s determination to highlight black excellence in literature and ensure black children in the city see themselves represented in the stories they’re reading. 

The bookshop is in the heart of North Laine, 28 Kensington Street. For more information, visit the Afrori Books website.

BARCO

The Brighton & Hove Black Anti-Racism Community Organisation (BARCO) is hosting a ‘Tea & Talk’ session on 28 October at The Actors Pub, 4 Prince’s Street, BN2 1RD, from 4pm to 8pm. 

The session is specifically for the Black community to share thoughts and ideas and for those who want to get involved with BARCO. 

For more information on events and activities, head to BARCO’s website or email info@brighton-barco.org

Socially Engaged Art Salon

The Socially Engaged Art Salon (SEAS) is celebrating Black History Month with a talk by the celebrated artist Annis Harrison and an exhibition of her ‘Mammas Black Heroes‘ project at the BMECP Centre, 10A Fleet Street, Brighton, BN1 4ZE. 

At 4pm on Saturday 30 October, Annis will talk about the project, created essentially for her children and start a conversation about influential and inspiring black people who have contributed massively to our society. 

She will also be showing other projects and discuss subjects that relate to diversity in the arts, representation, decolonising art practices and racial justice with SEAS's creative director, Gil Mualem-Doron. The event will include a Q&A open to the public. 

Tickets are free but limited, so please do book to secure your place at this unique event.

You can book tickets and find out more about Annis’s work on SEAS' website.

Still Breathing Exhibition – Urban Flo

The highly regarded ‘Still Breathing’ exhibition, on show at Jubilee Library until 31 October, is moving to Plus X Innovation Hub on Lewes Road from 1 to 30 November. 

The exhibition is based on the book ‘Still Breathing: 100 Black Voices on Racism’ and highlights the experiences of black people living in the UK today. 

Urban Flo are also hosting an evening of readings and conversations with the book’s contributors from 7pm on Saturday 6 November. 

For tickets, go to Ironworks Studios online ticket shop. For any other enquiries, please email oxygen@urbanflo.com.

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Montage of two covers of the book 'Still Breathing'. Excerpts from the book are used for the Black History Month exhibition at Jubilee Library.

Black History Month 2021 

October is Black History Month in the UK. Throughout the month, Jubilee Library is hosting a ‘Still Breathing: 100 Black Voices on Racism – 100 ways to change the narrative’ exhibition.