Discover cultural events celebrating black communities, culture and history during Black History Month 2020 in London, throughout October.
What's on during Black History Month 2020?
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some events have been cancelled. However, you can still celebrate Black History Month at home or in the city with online and socially distanced events.
- Discover contemporary works by black artists at Zari Gallery's Honour, Remember, Inspire exhibition. 1-30 Oct
- Celebrate black Londoners through digital talks from the Museum of London Docklands. 2-31 Oct
- Join the Black and British History: Jamaica, Britain and the Akan Maroon War online discussion between historians, to learn about and reflect on the Maroons' war with Britain. 8 Oct
- Explore illustrations and abstract portraiture inspired by Xavier Laurent Leopold's life at the Xavi Art Exhibition at OXO Tower Wharf. 21-25 Oct
- Pick up crafts and unique items from black-owned businesses at the African, Caribbean, Cultural Family Fun Day and Craft Fair in Hackney. 24 Oct
- Spot the black postbox by the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, one of the four postboxes in Britain transformed in celebration of achievements of black Britons.
- Then pop into the Black Cultural Archives to dig into the Stories of Black Leadership II: Breaking Barriers exhibition.
- Get a behind-the-scenes scoop of the lives of black Londoners, listen to talks or embark on an educational family trail at the Museum of London this month.
- Be inspired by black music artists of Croydon at the digital exhibition, The Sounds of Croydon: From Samuel Coleridge-Taylor to Stormzy.
- Journey through 60 years of Nigerian independence through conversations, music performance and an exhibition as part of Nigeria60 at the Horniman Museum.
What is Black History Month?
Black History Month is an annual celebration of the achievements of black communities and the remembrance of black history across the world. In the UK, Black History Month takes place throughout October.
First celebrated in the UK in 1987, the month-long festival includes educational events, exhibitions, shows, talks, memorial services and installations across London that raise awareness of history and celebrate traditions, customs and cultures.