1-31 Oct 2005. A wide-ranging celebration of the contribution of Blacks to world history and culture, Black History Month originates in the United States and has been celebrated there since 1926. The first such festival in Britain took part in 1987 as part of the African Jubilee Year. This years Black History Month in London celebrates the contribution black people and other ethnic minorities to the citys history and vibrant, multi-cultural make up. The organisers aim to promote the rich heritage of Londons black and minority communities and to use their strengths to help overcome racism. The list of events is being added to continually and includes an exciting range of exhibitions, theatre, concerts, dance, workshops and debates to name a few. Artists and performers featured or taking part include the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra, a Bob Marley photographic exhibition, and icons by Pablo Menfesawe-Imani. There are also heritage walking tours by historian S.I. Martin, film screenings of young black talent and Black History Scholarship competitions for 11-15 year olds. The full programme of events is available on the event web site www.black-history-month.co.uk. Ticket prices and times vary by event.
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Black History Month
More information, www.london.gov.uk.