Black History Events

Enjoy events, activities, talks and much more - highlighting the significant contribution black people have made in Haringey, the UK and beyond. Take a look around our Black History Haringey 365 webpages where you will find events, crafts, learning resources, quizzes and lots more...

These pages will be updated regularly with new events and activities happening in Haringey...all year round.

With guidelines on safe social distancing being regularly updated please: 

  • check with venues in advance of attending events in case of changes to listings or venue opening times
  • follow current government guidance. If in doubt please check with the venue for confirmation of their social distancing policies 

Throughout October we have a series of free black history and culture events for adults, young people and families - download our events brochure, learn, enjoy and be inspired. 


October Event HighlightsImage of statue

  • Online Talk: Black Statues Around London by Avril Nanton
    Wednesday 7 October 2020, 6 to 7pm

London is full of statues that represent black people. Join Avril Nanton as she gives a breakdown of these interesting, intriguing, and sometimes downright strange statues, memorials and busts.

Zoom bookings must be made in advance by visiting Avril's Website (external link) 


  • Online Workshop: A Story to Tell: Creating, Collecting and Sharing our Stories
    Monday 19 October 2020, 2 to 3pm 

Interested, but new to collecting stories? This workshop will look at how to go about setting up an oral history project to record people's stories for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

Please book in advance by visiting Eventbrite (external link)


  • Online Event: Haringey Gold: Race Relations Seminar
    Friday 23 October 2020, 6 to 9pm

Join this online seminar, where young people will have the opportunity to discuss the historical context of racial relations in the UK. The seminar will be delivered by local academies and will be facilitated by Haringey Community Gold and the Youth Advisory Board in partnership with Access UK and London Elite. 
This event is aimed at young people aged 13 to 21.

Booking is essential, please visit Eventbrite (external link) to reserve your place.


  • BHM Film Marathon at Hornsey Library Silent Cinema
    Saturday 24 October 2020, 11am to 4.30pm
    Venue: Hornsey Library, Haringey Park, N8 9JA

Join this silent cinema even at Hornsey Library where we will be screening Black History related films...all day and in total silence!

Advance bookings will be required. Please email libraries@haringey.gov.uk to reserve your place.


  • Online Talk with Nico Blackstock: Exiled: Sixty Years Since the Arrival of Oliver TamboOliver Tambo statue
    Thursday 29 October 2020, 7.30 to 8.45pm

2020 marks two significant anniversaries in the history of the Anti-Apartheid Movement - sixty years since the exile of Oliver Tambo, later ANC leader, and thirty years since the release of Nelson Mandela. This talk focuses on how these two events link to the local history of Haringey, the place where Tambo spent his exile in Muswell Hill and where Mandela came to visit his friend. 

Book through Eventbrite (external link)


  • Children's Storytime: African Caribbean folktales with Wendy Shearer
    Friday 30 October 2020, 11am to 12noon
    Venue: Marcus Garvey Library, 1 Philip Lane, N15 4JA

Join author and storyteller Wendy Shearer as she tells African Caribbean folktales inspired by her heritage, and a childhood filled with written and oral stories passed down from her grandmother. Wendy is a professional storyteller and writer, telling folktales, myths and traditional tales to children and adults. 
This event is aimed at families and children aged 5 to 11yrs. 

Advance bookings will be required, please email libraries@haringey.gov.uk to reserve your place. 


Events Programme

Download the Black History Events brochure here 


Storytimes, craft packs and other online activitiesAfrican style mask image

Enjoy a selection of pre-recorded stories, craft packs and quizzes you can enjoy with family and friends. 

  • Haringey Libraries have pre-recorded a series of storytimes for you to enjoy. 
  • Download a selection of black history and culture themed craft activities to make at home.
  • Why not test your black history knowledge with our Black History children’s quiz?

For more information visit our Families page


Black in Haringey

In 2016 we produced ‘Black in Haringey’ - a groundbreaking documentary about the history of black people in Haringey. The documentary features interviews with actress Judith Jacobs, David Lammy MP and the owners of Haringey businesses including Body Music, Blooming Scent Cafe and Uncle John’s Bakery.

Watch the documentary now:

Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.

Page Last Updated:

9 October 2020

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