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Date posted 10 Sep 2021

October is  Black History Month, an annual commemoration of the history, achievements and contributions of black people in the UK. Wandsworth Libraries have a full programme of events celebrating African and Caribbean cultures and histories.

You can also watch our archive of Black History month videos at https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM6SC1fFxo7tp0KWIP-np9seaqrJJnUqb

The list below is provisional and subject to change. If you would like to attend an event please contact the library as booking is essential.

Follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest library news and events; find us @wandsworthlibs

Tuesday 5th October

6.30pm Battersea Library
Uncle Tom’s Cabin on Stage, with Kathleen Chater
Uncle Tom’s Cabin was the best-selling novel of the nineteenth century. Written in America, pirated in Britain, translated into 20 languages, including Welsh and Arabic, it was also phenomenally popular on the stage for over fifty years.  During these decades it provided solid employment for black actors and other black entertainers. We all think we know the story – but what do we know about the many stage adaptations, ranging from overtly political to emotionally melodramatic, that audiences all over Britain saw?  Come and find out the unexpected stories (there’s more than one) behind the preconceptions. 
Dr Kathleen Chater worked for the BBC until 1994. One of her interests was family history so when she left she became self-employed as an author on aspects of history and also as a trainer in research skills for the media and family historians.

Tuesday 12

1pm Tooting Library
Africa and the Caribbean Through a Lens
A reminiscence project with  the National Archives. Join us to look at images of Africa and the Caribbean from The National Archives collection. Alongside pictures  of leisure and sports we will also have images covering other themes such as food, music, transport and childhood.
Speak with Outreach staff from The National Archives and share your memories as part of the event

Wednesday 13

10.15am Southfields Children’s Library
Story Time with Chinasa
A special Story Time to showcase the stories and  traditions of the Igbo tribe from South East Nigeria. Chinasa will be  reading  a  new book called Obi and his Next Curious Adventures (Book 2) which follows on from Obi and his Curious Adventures (Book 1) released in December 2020. This will be followed by a mask making session based on the Igbo Masquerades which can be seen in  Book 2. Suitable for ages 3-5 years.
6.30pm Battersea Library
1973 and Me, with Colin Babb
From 1968 to 1973, the West Indies did not win a Test series. They lost 2-0 on their previous England tour in 1969. By 1973, and despite this lack of success, West Indian cricket still played a central role as a medium of Caribbean self-expression in Britain. In the summer of 1973, could the West Indies deliver the performances and results to inspire the Caribbean diaspora in Britain?
1973 and Me reveals why this was a landmark year for many of the contributors, exploring the story, legacy, first-hand testimonies and Colin’s personal memoir of this iconic year. It reflects on patterns of Colin’s family and Caribbean migration to Britain, wider perspectives on history, identity, music and politics, shared family experiences of television in the 1970s, a collection of memorable events, and interplay with the 1973 West Indies tour.
Colin Babb describes himself as a ‘BBC’, a British-Born Caribbean. He  worked for the BBC as a radio producer, website producer, broadcast journalist; and as a photographer in the Caribbean for education book publishers. He has made three appearances as a guest with the BBC Test Match Special radio cricket commentary team. In 2012, Colin wrote ‘They Gave the Crowd Plenty Fun: West Indies Cricket and its Relationship with the British-Resident Caribbean Diaspora’ (Hansib); revised and updated in 2015.

Friday 15

1pm York Gardens Library
Story Time with Kamapala
A special Story Time for Black History Month. Kamapala will be reading a story, followed by a colouring session.

Tuesday 19

6.30pm Battersea Library
The Space Between Black and White, with Esua Jane Goldsmith
“Knowing who you are, where you’re from, and your beginnings, is the only way you can find out where you’re going, and who and what you can become.”
Esua is a local author who was raised in Battersea, and lived in Wandsworth for more than 30 years. Her memoir is a story of self-discovery for a mixed-race woman finding her place in the world and has a special mention of Battersea.
Esua is a writer, feminist activist and development consultant of English – Ghanaian heritage. In 1975 she was the first woman of colour to be elected President of Leicester University Student’s Union, while in 2001 she became the first woman of colour to be elected Chair of the Fawcett Society. In 1977-9 Esua served as one of the first black volunteers to be sent on Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in Tanzania.

Wednesday 20

10.15am Southfields Children’s Library
Story Time with Kamapala
A special Story Time for Black History Month. Kamapala will be reading a story, followed by a colouring session.
6.30pm Battersea Library
Africa and the Caribbean Through a Lens
A reminiscence project with  the National Archives. Join us to look at images of Africa and the Caribbean from The National Archives collection. Alongside pictures  of leisure and sports we will also have images covering other themes such as food, music, transport and childhood.
Speak with Outreach staff from The National Archives and share your memories as part of the event

Monday 25

2.30-4pm Roehampton Children’s Library
Recycled Art Workshop Inspired by African Traditions , with Jackie Mwanza of the Ubuntu Museum  Using materials we discard everyday, participants will be able to make: • An elephant out of aluminium drink cans • A flower out of toilet roll tubes Activity kits will also be available to take home. (Suitable for all ages 6+)
The project aims to create something new and inspiring out of commonly used household items. It seeks to create an awareness among the younger generation of the need to recycle, reinvent and reuse.
Jackie Mwanza is a local artist and founder of the Ubuntu museum – a social enterprise with a mission to celebrate cultural inclusion within education, the arts and commerce.

Thursday 28

6.30pm Balham Library
1973 and Me, with Colin Babb
From 1968 to 1973, the West Indies did not win a Test series. They lost 2-0 on their previous England tour in 1969. By 1973, and despite this lack of success, West Indian cricket still played a central role as a medium of Caribbean self-expression in Britain. In the summer of 1973, could the West Indies deliver the performances and results to inspire the Caribbean diaspora in Britain?
1973 and Me reveals why this was a landmark year for many of the contributors, exploring the story, legacy, first-hand testimonies and Colin’s personal memoir of this iconic year. It reflects on patterns of Colin’s family and Caribbean migration to Britain, wider perspectives on history, identity, music and politics, shared family experiences of television in the 1970s, a collection of memorable events, and interplay with the 1973 West Indies tour.
Colin Babb describes himself as a ‘BBC’, a British-Born Caribbean. He  worked for the BBC as a radio producer, website producer, broadcast journalist; and as a photographer in the Caribbean for education book publishers. He has made three appearances as a guest with the BBC Test Match Special radio cricket commentary team. In 2012, Colin wrote ‘They Gave the Crowd Plenty Fun: West Indies Cricket and its Relationship with the British-Resident Caribbean Diaspora’ (Hansib); revised and updated in 2015.