Published: Wednesday, 4th October 2017

There are a wide range of events on in October to mark Black History Month 2017.

A Yoruba workshop, African Poetry Night and a screening of Selma are just a few of the events celebrating Black History Month in The Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Royal Greenwich is proud to be called home by people from all different walks of life and the varied programme is a celebration of the contribution Black and Asian residents have made to our community.

From drumming to demos and discussions

From drumming and face painting for children to a demonstration of traditional African religions and a discussion of the politics of race, there really is something for everyone - and most events are free.

Along with the one-off events there will also be a series of weekly themed sessions throughout October which marks the 30th anniversary of the first Black History Month celebrations in the UK. These include 'around the world' crafts sessions in the Woolwich Centre's Children's Library every Friday from 10.30am to 11.30am and every Sunday from 2.30pm to 3pm.

'Appreciate and celebrate our diverse communities'

Councillor Denise Hyland, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: "Black History Month gives us all the opportunity to recognise, appreciate and celebrate our diverse communities here in Britain, the role models that are inspiring our next generation, and the rich heritage that has built the society we live in today."

Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald, Cabinet Member for Culture, Creative Industries and Community Well-Being, said: "Black History Month is essential in promoting learning, providing information and contributing to community cohesion. It also encourages us to reject complacency, as the promotion of equality and liberation are vital to our society."