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Black History Month 2018

Programme of events

Black History Month began as a way for remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.

During the month of October and November there will be a Black History theme  as a special programme of one off activities and celebrations. Click on the links below to find out more.

Royals, Heroes & Champions

Rosette & medal making craft event for children aged 4-8 years. (Colouring option for younger siblings). At East Barnet library Saturday 13 October 10.00-11.30am. To reserve a place, email eastbarnet.library@barnet.gov.uk . This is a free event. All children MUST be accompanied by an adult. First come, first serve, limited space.

 

 

Royals, Heroes & Champions

Rosette & medal making craft event for children aged 4-8 years. (Colouring option for younger siblings). At South Friern library Saturday 13 October 2.00-4.00pm. To reserve a place, email southfriern.library@barnet.gov.uk . This is a free event. All children MUST be accompanied by an adult. First come, first serve, limited space.

 

 

Africa: Rich but Poor

Why is Africa, the cradle of Mankind, the second largest and second most populous continent in the world, endowed with abundant natural and mineral resources, the poorest on our planet?

In this talk, author Joseph Godson Amamoo, discusses this and many other pertinent questions, to illustrate that it is quite feasible in fifty years for all countries in Africa, to be at least in the middle-income group, if certain actions and programs are adopted.

Joseph Godson Amamoo was born and educated in Ghana, he later moved to London, where he worked as a barrister. In addition to practising law, working as an editor for leading Ghanaian publications and as a lecturer, he was Britain’s first black newspaper correspondent in 1958-1960. He was the first public relations Advisor to the Ghana Embassy in London and at the age of 28, he was appointed Ghana's first ambassador to Hungary and the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria, thus becoming one of the youngest ambassadors in the world. At Colindale library Tuesday 16 October 6.00 – 7.30pm. To reserve a place, email libraryevents@barnet.gov.uk This is a free event.

African Cultural Association Presents African Cultural Day

Learn how to sew an African Kaftan, tie traditional African headgear ‘Gele Wrap’, hair braiding and weaving. At Colindale library Saturday 27 October 2.00 – 4.00pm. To reserve a place, email libraryevents@barnet.gov.uk or colindale.library@barnet.gov.uk. This is a free event.

The Black Image 

Tony Warner acclaimed Historian of Black History Walks will be giving a revealing presentation and film which shows how the image of African people has been deliberately altered by Europeans to show negativity. In the 15th century African people were portrayed in European art as noble, sophisticated and intelligent. With the rise of the Empire, these images were thrown out and replaced with demeaning stereotypes which still inform public opinion via children’s books and Hollywood movies … At Finchley Church End library,  Thursday 1 November 2018,  6.30 – 8.30pm.   To reserve a place, email libraryevents@barnet.gov.ukTickets cost £3 (payable on the night). 

Granddaughter of the Windrush

Author Barbara Nnaemeka had no idea what was in store for her when she set out from her home in Barbados in 1966 to study nursing in England. An idealistic teenager straight out of school, accustomed to warm, sunny days spent in a secure family environment, she was shocked to find herself in a cold, rain-soaked city, working harder than seemed humanly possible in an alien environment, crushed by homesickness, and the target of thoughtless racist attitudes. The real England was nothing like the England she had been taught about back home in the West Indies and it was a world away from her island home. How would she cope? At Colindale library Tuesday 6 November 6.00 – 7.30pm. To reserve a place, email libraryevents@barnet.gov.uk . This is a free event.

Get your mobile devices ready to download the new collection of Black History Month e-books and e-audiobooks on Overdrive.

We look forward to seeing you at our events!

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