October is Black History Month and Haringey has an impressive programme of events to celebrate the occasion.

A bumper schedule of more than 100 events will be hosted in Haringey in our libraries, schools, museums, open spaces and other venues across the borough. The month kicks off with a free launch event on 1 October at Wood Green Library, with live performances of poetry, storytelling, music and dance from a range of artists.

This year’s flagship event will be the unveiling of a statue of anti-apartheid activist, Oliver Tambo, in Albert Road Recreational Ground on 27 October. The late South African campaigner lived in Haringey in exile for over two decades, settling with his family in Muswell Hill and canvassing support for the fight against the apartheid government.

Amongst the other highlights will be screenings of Academy Award-nominated films including Green Book and Hidden Figures; the Leader’s Black History Month quiz on 7 October; a 12 October Black History Month Community Fair Market; a 31 October panel discussion celebrating the crafting genius of Althea McNish; and a 4 November discussion on the life of Laurie Cunningham, the Haringey-raised footballer who was one of the first black players to represent England.

Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, Leader of Haringey Council, said: “Black History Month is important to me. When I was at school 40 years ago, we were not taught about Black History. It is a chance for us all to learn about the history of black communities in the UK and the contributions that we have made to all aspects of British society and culture. I’m inviting all communities in Haringey and beyond to look at our programme and I’m encouraging you all to join us for some of our events celebrating black culture in Britain and our borough.”

Haringey’s full Black History Month programme can be found on our website.

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