For 2013 Lambeth Black History Month host a full programme of events, some of the highlights include;
Black in the British Frame
Date: Thursday 10 October
Venue: The Boardroom,
King's College Hospital, SE5 9RS
Local historian Stephen Bourne has been publishing books on Black British history since 1991. He will give an illustrated talk about growing up in Peckham and highlight his many books including Aunt Esther's Story, Black in the British Frame, Mother Country and The Motherland Calls. He will also share some of the information he has found for his latest book Black Poppies which looks at the role of black Britons in the First World War.
Sounds Like London - 100 Years of Black music in the capital with Lloyd Bradley
Date: Wednesday 16 October
Venue: Brixton Library
Lloyd Bradley is author of Bass Culture: when Reggae was King, the best- selling book ever on Jamaican music, as well as a regular contributor to Mojo and the Observer. He is one of the UK's most respected writers on Caribbean culture and music. Tonight he talks about his latest book Sounds Like London - a journey from the early presence of pre-first world war Black music, through the Soho jazz scene, Brixton blues parties and onto the sound systems and raves that shaped the city and in turn the nation
BBA Shakespeare presents 'To Tell My Story' exhibition
Dates: Monday 30 September to Sunday 13 October Venue: Clapham Library
British Black and Asian Shakespeare presents 'To Tell My Story' exhibition. Shakespeare is at the heart of British culture and the ways in which we stage his plays help to define our understanding of ourselves. For many years brilliant Black and Asian actors have played a major part in shaping and enriching our relationships with Shakespeare. 'To Tell My Story' is a visual history of some of those performers researched in a three year project based at Warwick University and led by Professor Tony Howard.
Join Rodney and Rosie on their Carnival adventure.
Friday 25 October,
10.30am - Carnegie Library
Friday 1 November,
10.30am - Minet Library
Puppet Show for under 5s
Rosie & Rodney's Holiday
Carnival: A Caribbean Carnival extravaganza with Professor Patel Rodney and Rosie have no school because it's holiday time and on a visit to Grandma they ask her what she used to do when she was on holiday. Grandma suggests that they have a Carnival and they go to visit Grandma's friends to ask for help. But Mr Marley's vinyl record player is broken and Rodney and Rosie can't have a Carnival without music so the search is on for a new record player. Will Rodney and Rosie find a turntable to play Mr Marley's records and who else will they meet as they visit Grandma's old friends?
Life of Mary Seacole
Wednesday 30 October,
2.30pm to 3.30pm
South Lambeth Library
Through the eyes of her sister Louisa Grant, we learn about the life of Mary Seacole, the Jamaican nurse who looked after soldiers in the Crimean War. Come along and also learn about her life growing up as a child in Jamaica and her ambition to become a nurse.
The Caine Prize night of African Writing
Wednesday 30 October, 7pm Venue: Brixton Library
Top line up for Caine Prize African writing night
As part of Lambeth Libraries Black History Month 2013, we are delighted to welcome a top line up for the Caine Prize African writing night at Brixton Library on Wednesday 30 October 7pm.
Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, Bernardine Evaristo MBE, Ellah Allfrey OBE and Sokari Douglas Camp CBE
"I'm delighted to be chairing a discussion at Brixton Library about the Caine Prize and its impact, with fellow judges and writers, as part of Black History Month"
"The Caine Prize has been instrumental in revitalising African fiction, through both the prize and its annual creative writing workshops in Africa. It is a force for change." Bernardine Evaristo MBE
For more information and full brochure available for download visit lambeth.gov.uk/blackhistorymonth