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In the UK Black History Month is traditionally celebrated in October, more recently Black History Season events can last until December and beyond

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now until 17th October Northwest London Somali Project exhibition showcasing the photography and oral history resulting from the  Northwest London Somali Project. @ Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, London HA9 0FJ. Info: borough website  
now until 30th November Exhibition - Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain @ the Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton, London SW2 1EF. Info: Tues - Sun 10am - 6pm / website free
now until 31st January Hackney Museum is proud to host Retired Caribbean Nurses and the NHS, an exhibition documenting the experiences of retired Caribbean nurses. @ Hackney Museum, Ground Floor, Technology And Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ. Info: opening hours and more info  
24th September - 5th October Rudy's Rare Records : Starring Lenny Henry, and based on the BBC Radio 4 series with live onstage band.
Cast list : Adam - Lenny Henry / Rudy - Larrington Walker / Clifton - Jeffery Kissoon / Richie - Joivan Wade / Doreen - Lorna Gayle / Tasha -
Natasha Godfrey
@ Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ. Info: website / A touching comedy with real rhythm is set in an old reggae record shop in Birmingham, which is owned by the irrepressible Rudy Sharpe with the assistance of his long-suffering son Adam. The show features a live onstage band playing hits from the likes of Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Sugarhill Gang and more! £10 - £25 + £1 bf online
Saturday 27th September - Sunday 5th October  Soft Wax presents the Deptford Dub Club : A multi-media installation and exhibits focusing on anti-racist activity in the area around this South East London venue between 1977 and 1981. The Deptford Dub Club also highlights the role of Soundsystems and Roots Reggae in fostering cultures of resistance in that time and place. The DDC is part of the Deptford X Contemporary Art Festival. @ the Duke, 125 Creek Road,  Deptford SE8. 3BU. Info: 12pm - 5pm daily (closed Mon - Wed) / flyer / Cutty Sark, or Greenwich / Deptford, or Greenwich / 47, 129, 177, 180, 188, 199, 286, 386, N1, N47.  
October & November “Influential Black Londoners” Trail-throughout October and November. Design a magical healing plant for Mary Seacole, decorate a paper boat for Olaudah Equiano, draw up a campaign poster inspired by Doreen Lawrence and much more. Collect your family activity book and get creative. @ Sutton House, 2&4 Homerton High Street, Hackney, London, E9 6JQ. Info: Weds – Sun 10.30am-4.30pm / all ages welcome / Hackney Central £1 suggested donation + normal admission
1st October - 21st December Local Reflections: Nelson Mandela and the Haringey Anti-Apartheid Movement: Artefacts, documents and photographs from the Haringey community. With an opportunity to offer your personal story/experience of Nelson Mandela Location: East Wing Gallery. in the East Wing Gallery, Bruce Castle Museum,  Lordship Lane,  London N17 8NU. Info: museum open Wednesday to Sunday 1pm - 5pm / museum events page free
Saturday 4th October Black History Month Launch An evening of entertainment to celebrate the start of Black History Month in Kirklees. Including: fashion show, African drum beats, open mic poetry, food and much more @ Huddersfield Town Hall, Corporation Street, Huddersfield HD1 2TA. Info: 4pm - 9pm / website  
Sunday 5th October Maya Angelou: a celebration - An evening dedicated to her memory @ the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX. Info: web event page / BSL interpreted £25 / £20 / £15 / ltd 1/2 price concs
Tuesday 7th October Black History Month at Church Street Library with author Courttia Newland @ Church Street Library, 67 Church Street, London NW8 8EU. Info: 2.30pm / event details free
8th & 10th October African School presents Pioneering Pens a two day course celebrating Black Journalism with course tutor Natty Mark Samuels @ EMBS, 2nd Floor, 213 Barnes Road, Cowley, Oxford OX4 3UT. Info: 9.15am - 2.45pm / 19+ / for more attendance requirements see flyer free / £5 accreditation
Friday 10th October Black History Comedy Night - a night of comedy and music hosted by the Eddie Nestor and Robbie Gee with comedy from Slim, Curtis Walker, Quincy, Mr Cee, Dane Baptiste and Njambi McGrath + musical entertainment from the Omar, Jessica Wilde and Don E + local singers @ Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London E17 4JD. Info: doors 7pm / show 7.30pm - 11.30pm / more info £9 / under 16s and over 60s £4.50 
Friday 10th October October is Black History Month so Rebel Lion sound have to celebrate in the only way we know how... a roots reggae style and fashion. A chance to honour and celebrate the foreparents who took reggae music across the globe @ the Owl Sanctuary, 25 Cattle Market Street, NR1 3DY Norwich, Norfolk. Info: 8pm / flyer / facebook / Norfolk Black History Month / UK Black History Season listings £3 otd
Monday 13th October Tales from the rich tapestry of Black History : From slavery and the chains of bondage to equality and civil rights, celebrate Black History Month this October with Rupert Colley  - author of the bestselling ‘Black History: History in an Hour, published by HarperCollins. North Kensington Library, 108 Ladbroke Grove, North Kensington, London W11 1PZ. Info: 6.30pm - 7.45pm / borough what's on page / to book tel: 020 7361 3010 / e-mail libraries@rbkc.gov.uk. free
Tuesday 14th October Talk: Natty Mark Samuels presents Crucial Correspndence - Celebrating the early 20th Century African-American journalism. @ Ruskin College, Dunstan Rd, Oxford OX3 9BZ. Info: 7pm - 9pm / flyer / writings of Natty Mark free
Thursday 16th October Rastafari Movement UK presents Reparations: A Report on This Year's Historic March on Parliament - 'Emancipation Day August 1st 2014 will long be remembered in the annals of Black British History....... In this event the key organisers and stakeholders will report on the march and discuss the way forward. This event is open to the public. If you attended the march and want to relive some of its elements, if you support reparations but missed the march and want to be "filled in", or if you are simply interested in finding out more about the reparations agenda: please do come!'  @ Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS. Info: 6.15pm - 8.30pm / Mile End or Stepney Green  free but must be booked on Eventbrite
Tuesday 21st October Maya Angelou: warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. A talk by Sandra Agard @ Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, London SE15 5JR. Info: 7pm - 8.30pm / website free / must book
Sunday 26th October Talk: Tales from the rich tapestry of Black History : From slavery and the chains of bondage to equality and civil rights, celebrate Black History Month with Rupert Colley - author of the bestselling 'Black History: History In An Hour', published by HarperCollins.     @ Redbridge Central Library, (formerly Ilford Central library), Clements Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1EA. Info: 2pm / event page £3
Wednesday 29th October Black Poppies: Community historian and author of many successful black British history books, Stephen Bourne, shares memories of his adopted Aunt Esther, a black Londoner born before WW1. His latest book Black Poppies - Britain's Black Community and the Great War explores the military and civilian wartime experience of black Britons, from the trenches to the music halls. This event is also an opportunity to buy a signed copy of the book directly from the author. Bruce Castle Museum,  Lordship Lane,  London N17 8NU. Info: Doors 7pm for refreshments / Talk starts 7.30pm / Bruce Castle events page / Stephen Bourne (external link)  
26th -29th November Olaudah Equiano: The Enslaved African - This fantastic theatre performance created by Total Insight Theatre Company documents the life of Olaudah Equiano, from when he was enslaved at the age of eleven to becoming one of our most famous and influential Black Londoner. Tickets at the door:  (This play contains some mildly graphic scenes, therefore not suitable children under the age 16.) @ Sutton House, 2&4 Homerton High Street, Hackney, London, E9 6JQ. Info: 7.30pm - 9pm / 16+ / Hackney Central Adults £10 / 16-18, Students, Unemployed and Over 65s: £8