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Black History Month - events and activities

Black History Month

As part of our celebrations and ongoing reflections, we will be hosting several different activities around the borough. For some events you'll need to book a space, but they'll all be free to attend.

Cultural Dress Day 13 October: 5:30pm - 9pm, Kingston College, Room 102 & 103

Kingston Black Network and Kingston Council will be hosting a Cultural Dress Day on 13 October in celebration of Black History Month. 

It’s a great opportunity to come together with our communities through sharing traditional dress, music, food and celebrating what black history month means in our borough.

The event will take place at Kingston University from 4:00pm - 7:00pm, so come along and join us for this fun family event. 

Panel of young black achievers: 20 October  - Queen Anne Suite, 4pm - 8pm 

Come along to the Panel Discussion with young black achievers on 20 October, hosted by the Kingston Black Network. 

The panel will consist of local teenagers who will be reflecting on what Black History Month means to them as well as the challenges and opportunities they face as young black people.

This event is an opportunity to educate and listen to the voices that will shape the future. To find out more and book your free tickets, you can visit the Kingston Black Network Eventbrite page

‘Flying for Britain’ library screening: 12 October 6:30pm

Join us at Kingston Library for a screening of ‘Flying for Britain: Johnny Smythe RAF Navigator in World War 2 and The Windrush Story at Kingston’ on 12 October!

‘Flying for Britain’ is a short docu-drama sharing the stories of the African and Africa-Caribbean contributions to the war effort and the establishment of Black Britons post-war history. 

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with the director, Amanda Epe and Eddy Smythe. 

The event is free and there is no booking required. 

Exploring the life of Cesar Picton: 27 October 

Come along and learn about the fascinating life of Cesar Picton at Kingston Museum on 27 October. 

After being brought to the UK to work as a servant as a young boy, Cesar Picton established himself as a wealthy businessman in later life.

The event will give us an opportunity to explore how we as a community can best celebrate and represent his and other stories of black history in Kingston.

Last Modified: 12/10/2023 15:11:31