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Black History Month in Royal Greenwich

Black History Month is celebrated in October each year and gives us the opportunity to recognise, appreciate and celebrate the achievement and contributions of people from the African and Caribbean diaspora and the role models that are inspiring the next generation. Black History Month is essential in promoting learning, providing information and contributing to community cohesion. People from all different walks of life live in Royal Greenwich and it’s important that all our residents are inspired by people they can relate to and see stories that mirror their own experience.


In 2019 residents shared their experiences and celebrated the rich heritage that has shaped our borough in a short film (above). We also painted crossings in the pan-African colours to celebrate inclusivity and mark Black History Month.

Black History Month 2020

We want this year’s Black History Month to be the catalyst that connects our communities to celebrate this pivotal point in our history as we begin to reunite with our families, friends and neighbours.

The theme for 2020 is Our Heritage: Celebration and Achievements

We will be launching Black History Month 2020 virtually on Thursday 1 October. There will also be other events throughout the month. If you are hosting events or activities for Black History Month, list them on our events calendar. 

List your Black History Month event

Grants to deliver a Black History Month event

Applications to our Black History Month grant fund closed on Monday 17 August. We will announce the grant recipients very soon. 

Grants totalling up to £35,000 have been awarded to organisations to deliver an event as part of our Black Histroy Month programme. These awards form part of our programme to celebrate Black history and culture across the year called Royal Greenwich Black History 365.