Croydon’s Black History Month celebrations get under way tonight with the launch of a month-long programme in honour of the borough’s black communities’ achievements, contributions, heritage and culture.
Organised by Croydon BME Forum in partnership with Croydon Council, Black History Month 2021: Proud2Be includes a huge range of events and opportunities for everyone. From an intergenerational fashion show to poetry readings, live music, theatre, inspirational speakers, a networking brunch and thought-provoking discussions, there is something to appeal to all ages and interests. Find more information on our webpage.
Tonight’s event, hosted by Croydon BME Forum takes place from 6.30pm at the Business Xchange Hub – featuring guest speakers, discussions, visual presentations, musical performances, dance, and DJs. Hosted by speaker, writer and podcaster Debra Chosen, the event will feature music from DJ Sound Supreme, Afrobeats performer Silvastone, Norbury Manor Girls Choir, and more. Tickets are limited, so register now. You can also watch a livestream of the event here.
Croydon Libraries will host a programme of activities starting with an event for children at Thornton Heath Library on Saturday 9 October. Author Kemi Bamgbose will talk about her experience meeting Nelson Mandela in Brixton in 1996. Information about what’s on will be published here.
“Black History Month is special in Croydon and our 2021 celebrations promise to be no exception. It’s an opportunity for us all to come together to learn about black history, to be inspired by black people past and present, and to celebrate their important contributions to life in our borough today.”
Katherine Kerswell, chief executive, Croydon Council
Andrew Brown, Croydon BME Forum CEO, said: “We are happy this year to once again be working with Croydon Council, Croydon University Hospital and Norbury Manor Business School to deliver Black History Month to Croydon. Our theme this year Proud2be was chosen as we wanted to celebrate all the things that we are proud of. Proud be Black, proud to be a woman, proud to live in Croydon. Whatever you are proud of we want you to celebrate with us this year during Black History Month.”