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October 18th, 2023

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Black History Month Ubele

This year we have made an extra effort to share several events happening during Black History Month each week. Here are some more events and if you have an event you'd like us to share, please email us the information.

Events and Opportunities

⭐️ Wednesday 18 October - Online event: From surface to deep diversity

Re-imagining social work for decolonial futures. An online event promoted by the Social Work Department, School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh.

As part of their Social Work Department Annual Lecture for this year's Black History Month, join them for an exciting online event that explores the re-imagining of social work in the context of decolonial futures.

Black History Month was established in 1926 to uncover and celebrate the distorted and erased histories of Black people in the face of the transatlantic slave trade and European colonialism. Not only does this period in history represent the exploitation, enslavement and in many cases destruction of human life, it also manifested an assault on all kinds of cultural and bio-diversity. The concept of diversity goes beyond what meets the eye; it encompasses a deep understanding of how history, culture, power and materiality impact all our lives.

This presentation will argue that to truly appreciate diversity, we must move beyond surface-level observations and engage with individuals and communities in their actuality, which means addressing their everyday struggles against oppression in the co-production of solutions. To achieve this, as well as drawing on theory, research and experience, social workers must develop a critical capacity for listening to and learning from the diversity of people, be they colleagues, service users or communities. Taken together this requires nothing less than a complete reimagining of social work, from its present neoliberalism.

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of this important conversation!

Text taken from their Eventbrite page, here

⭐️ Thursday 19th October : Black History Month: Remembering the Bristol Bus Boycott


7pm to 8:30pm

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Bristol Bus Boycott campaign. As the first black-led campaign against racial discrimination since WW2, it was a watershed moment in the British Civil Rights Movement.

In the early 1960s, black citizens of Bristol experienced racism in every aspect of their lives. The one area of discrimination that particularly rankled was the ‘colour bar’ on the buses operated by the Bristol Omnibus Company. A small group of local activists decided to end this situation by campaigning for equal rights to employment on the city’s buses.

The talk will explore the issues and challenges that the campaigners faced over four months of activism. Victory was achieved on August 28th 1963, when the bus company finally announced there would be no more racial discrimination in employing bus crews. This victory was on the same day that Martin Luther King Junior, made his famous, ‘I Have A Dream ‘ speech in America.

The talk will also include the personal account of Joyce Morris-Wisdom (pictured above), one of the black female activists involved in the Bristol Bus Boycott campaign.

M Shed
Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol

More details here

⭐️ Back to Backs - A National Trust Event on Thursday 19th October in Birmingham

A special evening of guided tours, discovering more about George's story.

The Back to Backs has one of the most unique collections in the National Trust, a collection of work by a Caribbean tailor. Tickets here

George Saunders came to Birmingham from St Kitts in 1958 and ran a successful tailor's shop and international clothing business from Hurst Street, near the Hippodrome. George generously gave the contents of his business and a series of oral history recordings to the National Trust, ensuring that his story could be enjoyed and understood by future generations. We welcome you to come and discover more about his story on a special evening of guided tours at the Birmingham Back to Backs.

Please note:

  • Please meet at Court 15 Bookshop at the Birmingham Back to Backs.

  • Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of your tour

  • Please wear comfortable clothing.

  • The tour includes flights of stairs. Please make us aware of any access requirements.

  • Event suitable for children.

The Back to Backs has one of the most unique collections in the National Trust, a collection of work by a Caribbean tailor. George Saunders came to Birmingham from St Kitts in 1958 and ran a successful tailor's shop and international clothing business from Hurst Street, near the Hippodrome. George generously gave the contents of his business and a series of oral history recordings to the National Trust, ensuring that his story could be enjoyed and understood by future generations. We welcome you to come and discover more about his story on a special evening of guided tours at the Birmingham Back to Backs.

More details here

⭐️ KPMG Event - Thursday 19th October

George, co-founder of The Black Excellence Network will be attending the event, their Black History Month careers event on 19th October. Sign up now -

Event: Saluting our sisters: contributions from our community

Date: Thursday 19 October

Time: 5.30 -8.00pm                                                                                            

Location: Jean Stokes Community Centre, Coatbridge House, Carnoustie Drive, N1 0DX


⭐️ Islington’s Black History Month Programme

Click here to book: Saluting our Sisters Tickets, Thu 19 Oct 2023 at 17:30 | Eventbrite

Whilst they take pride in recognising and celebrating the contributions of our Black community all year round through their Black History Islington offer, they also enjoy having the opportunity to deliver a range of opportunities and events throughout the month of October in recognition of Black History Month. This year’s theme for Black History is ‘Saluting Our Sisters’, which recognises that Britain’s rich cultural tapestry is interwoven with the threads of remarkable black women.

Please view their full offer, here

⭐️ Saturday 21st October - Abbey Centre's Black History event 

1pm - 4pm

Churchill Gardens Residents Hall, Churchill Hall, SW1V 3AL

Enjoy a free afternoon of traditional food and music, as well as fun games and inspirational talks from our guest speakers. Booking required.

Join the Abbey Centre's Black History event and celebrate the contribution of black people throughout the history of the UK and address important health and wellbeing topics for the future. This free event includes traditional food, music and talks from guest speakers.

To book, please email

⭐️ Saturday 21st October - Black History Month archive open day


Sat, 21 Oct, 11am–3pm

People's History Museum
Left Bank, Manchester

Delve into PHM’s incredible archive collection to celebrate Black History Month 2023. The museum’s archive focuses on labour history, and the related movements, campaigns, and organisations that form part of that history – of which Black people have been an integral part. Free event, more details here

⭐️ Saturday 21st October - Free family-friendly workshop in African Drumming

The Westminster Music Library is hosting a free, family-friendly workshop in African Drumming. No musical experience is required to take part in this fun music-making session.

⭐️ Until Sunday 29th October - Birmingham

Dorcas Stories From the Front RoomFriday 23 September - Sunday 29 October

Celebrating 75 years of Windrush, we discover who and what was Dorcas.

Mailbox, Level 2
7 Commercial Street
Birmingham B1 1RS

Information and events here

⭐️ Tuesday 24th October - Leeds

Sparked by the discovery of a series of letters from his father in Nigeria to his mother in Wales, The Gods Are All Here is a moving, funny and warm-hearted, one-man performance from first-class storyteller, Phil Okwedy. This captivating storytelling show skilfully weaves myth, song, folktales and legends of the African diaspora with an astonishing personal story that uncovers Phil’s experiences of growing up as a child of dual heritage in 1960 & 70’s Wales.

Charting the time of life when children are said to view their parents as gods, but never having actually lived with them, Phil considers if his parents were, in fact, the gods he had imagined them to be. Exploring equality, freedom, racism, family and growing up without your birth parents, in an enthralling performance, you’ll discover The Gods Are All Here is both timeless and very much a story of now

at Carriageworks Theatre
The Electric Press,
3 Millennium Square,
Leeds, LS2 3AD

Book Ticket:

Tickets: £12.50

⭐️ Wednesday 25th October : Climate justice is racial justice

Black History Month: Exploring the relationship between climate justice and racial justice

The Revd Sharon Quilter, the Diocese of Chelmsford's Racial Justice Officer and The Revd Sandra Eldridge, the Diocese of Chelmsford's Environmental Officer reflect on relationship between climate justice and racial justice and look to the future. More details, here

⭐️ Wednesday 25th October : Saluting Our Sisters: film screening

Manchester 6pm to 9pm

Manchester Museum
University of, Oxford Rd, Manchester

An evening of film, discussion, and community, celebrating and platforming Manchester’s Black women activists and community change-makers. More here

⭐️ Thursday 26th October - HouseProud Black History Month Event: Under Your Nose Screening

Join HouseProud's Black History Month Event, a screening of Under Your Nose.

They will be getting together at The Outside Project LGBTIQ+ Community Centre for a screening of Under Your Nose, followed by a short panel.

Arrival from 17:30, screening to begin at 18:00.

Summary of the film:

Almost 30 years ago a group of activists came together with one aim: to open a center for black lesbians and gay men. Against the backdrop of 1980s politics, the rise of Thatcher ism, and HIV, they started their journey...Under Your Nose is a documentary dedicated to those trailblazers who working in hostile and often dangerous times, offered hope and a lifeline to many others. Their legacy is still apparent today.

Text taken from their Eventbrite page. Find out more and book your ticket now here

⭐️ Saturday 28th October in Solihull - Researching Ancestry: The Caribbean Family History Group Workshop

Researching Ancestry: The Caribbean Family History Group Workshop The Caribbean Family Group welcomes you to an open event guiding you on your research journey into your Caribbean ancestry.
Venue: The Core Heritage Area
Date: Saturday 28 October 10-4pm

More details here

⭐️ Saturday 28th October : Black History Month Hair Care Workshop

  • Time: 2pm to 4pm

  • Address: Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue

Join this free hair care workshop to learn about afro hair, scalp types, and care needs. You will also learn about natural ingredients to promote healthy hair and get the chance to make your own products.

Book your free place: BHM Hair Care Workshop – Queen's Park Community Council.

⭐️ Saturday 28th October : Black History Month Walk in Leeds

Discover unseen ancient and local narratives with African connections. Guided public walks.

University of Leeds
Parkinson Steps Woodhouse Lane Leeds LS2 9JT

Book Tickets Here

⭐️ Until 4th November CAHN Black History Month Fundraising Gala in Manchester
CAHN offers a variety of health-related project and services to the African and Caribbean Community. CAHN is a black-led organisation set up to address the wider social determinants and reduce health disparities for people of Caribbean & African descent in Greater Manchester and across the UK. We work with the black community and cross-sector organisations to build community resilience, relationships and a social movement to reduce health inequalities. CAHN’s vision is to eradicate health disparities within a generation, and as such, the funds raised from this highly anticipated event will be used to advance the critical work done by CAHN.

The gala takes place on Saturday 28th October 2023. 18:00 Till Late in Lancashire Cricket Club.The Point, Talbot Road, Manchester, M16 0PX. More details here

⭐️ Until 4th November - Blood & Fire: Our Journey Through Vanley Burke’s History. Birmingham

As one of the UK’s leading Black artists of the commonwealth generation, this exhibition focuses on Vanley Burke’s journey to illustrate a wider, connected history of Black British experiences using the communities of Birmingham as a lens.

The artist has re-examined his personal collection after he lost a number of archival materials to a house fire. The fire served as a turning point for his art practice and this exhibition questions what it means to put these objects into a curatorial and historical context, gathering our past to pave the way for our future.

Birmingham Museums 
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH

Register for event:

⭐️ Watch our series online - Children of Windrush

It's Black History Month and we celebrate Windrush 75 by telling the stories of some of The Ubele Initiative's Children of Windrush. The video series is here

⭐️ Brilliant Black History

A fantastic exhibition at Black Cultural Archives in London - more details here

⭐️ Read the Black History Month Special - Ubele Newsletter

Our monthly Ubele Newsletter went out last week. It includes a special message from Yvonne Field OBE as well as details of some of our latest projects and events planned. Read it now, here


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