Black History Month 2021

little girl with outstretched arms

This Friday marks the start of Black History Month 2021. The month was established in 1987 to acknowledge, raise awareness and promote the vast contributions people of Black African and Caribbean descent have made to the UK and world history.

Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said:

Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council

Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council

“Once again community groups and organisations in Kirklees have done a fantastic job of organising both educational and inspirational Black History Month events.

I’m extremely proud that Kirklees Council and our communities work together to celebrate this month. We recognise that we should celebrate black

history at every opportunity but that we can also use the month to educate ourselves, our friends, families and neighbours about the significant contributions of black Britons. Kirklees, like the rest of the UK, has hugely benefited both culturally and economically thanks to our black African and Caribbean communities.

Our biggest strength in Kirklees is our diversity and I look forward to celebrating it this Black History Month.”

What’s happening in Kirklees?

Below is a list of events that are taking place across Kirklees.

Windrush Mural Project – Ideas Generation Workshops

  • Throughout October 2021
  • Organised by Chol Theatre

Creative, educational workshops taking place with young people in schools, colleges and community groups throughout Kirklees to help develop ideas for a Windrush Mural in Huddersfield Town centre. The session will delve into the stories of the Windrush generation community in Kirklees through interviews taken by KLTV and will look at their impact and legacy in our region. A range of art-forms such as street art, spoken word, creative writing, and theatre will be used to explore themes of identity, empowerment, and heritage in order to develop ideas for the final design of the mural.

For more information for your school or group, or to see how you could get involved as an individual please contact Lauren Townsend on producer@wearechol.co.uk

Kirklees Windrush Mural Project

Stories of Protest

Ellen Craft (19th Century Black Abolitionist campaigner and social reformer).

Ellen Craft (19th Century Black Abolitionist campaigner and social reformer).

  • Throughout October
  • Organised by Kirklees Libraries

An information and activities library tour for Primary School children that spotlights Ellen Craft (19th Century Black Abolitionist campaigner and social reformer).

Ellen Craft and her husband William Craft were born enslaved in the 1800’s. Together they made a daring plan to escape.

Ellen was able to pass as a white woman, so she dressed in men’s clothes and pretended to be a male plantation owner. William posed as her slave, and they escaped finally arriving in Britain in 1850 as refugees. In the 19th Century Ellen and William Craft visited what is now known as Kirklees.

There will be drawing and quiz activities relating to Ellen Craft plus modern day Black social reformers. There will also be an accompanying book collection.

For more information please contact librarian, Jude Lynn, jude.lynn@kirklees.gov.uk

We are Kirklees Libraries.

Black lives in the archives

  • Every Monday and Tuesday in October 2021, 9:30am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm
  • Event organised by West Yorkshire Archive Service

An exhibition of archival treasures reflecting the inspiring stories of Black people and communities in Kirklees. This is a drop-in event with no booking required.

For more information please contact West Yorkshire Archive Service, kirklees@wyjs.org.uk, 0113 535 0150.

West Yorkshire Archive Service

Launch Event – Woman2Woman: Healing Conversations

  • Saturday 2 October, 11am – 3pm
  • St Johns Resource Centre, St Johns Rd, Huddersfield
  • Event organised by Woman2Woman

Join us for our launch event to kick start our cultural exploration and conversations for women of African Heritage, in association with Oasis Care Support Services. Come together with like-minded women and share your stories and experiences in a welcoming and safe space, whilst enjoying a relaxing massage and pedicure. Fall in love with your natural hair again with hair care demonstrations and styling. Enrich not only your soul but your skin with skin care advice and products.  This is a space to breathe, listen, honour and respect each other. Refreshments available.

For more information please contact woman2woman.oasis@gmail.com, by phone or text, Maggie Hanson on 07833 054378 or Shibon Armstrong on 07873 669798.

Contemporary Black Activists

  • Monday 11 October – Friday 15 October
  • Kirklees Council’s Cohesion Team Twitter (@KirkleesCI)

Black activists changing our world: From 11 – 15 October Kirklees Cohesion Team will be tweeting about a different modern Black activist each day. You may not have heard of some of them but all of them are making a real difference to the world we live in.

Woman2Woman: Healing Conversations

  • Saturday 16 October, 11am- 1pm
  • St Johns Resource Centre, St Johns Rd, Huddersfield

Cultural exploration and conversations for women of African Heritage. Come together with like-minded women and share your stories and experiences in a welcoming and safe space. Areas of conversation may include: Cultural bonds, Family scripts, Love & Relationships, Divorce and cultural shame, Racism, Trauma, Discrimination, Death and cultural ceremonies during Covid, Loneliness, Identity, Acceptance and knowledge of self, Hair Texture, Self-Identity, Employability, Self-worth and value, Love and betrayal, Shame and stigma. Come and join the conversation in a space to breathe, listen, honour and respect each other. Refreshments available.

For more information please contact woman2woman.oasis@gmail.com, by phone or text, Maggie Hanson on 07833 054378 or Shibon Armstrong on 07873 669798.

The Windrush Achievement Awards 2021

  • Saturday 16 October, 6pm – 8:30pm
  • Via Zoom and Livestream

Celebrating the great contributions of African Caribbean people in West Yorkshire.

Find out more information about The Windrush Achievement Awards 2021.

If you would like to find out more about Black History Month 2021 in Kirklees then please email the Cohesion Team at cohesion@kirklees.gov.uk.

The Windrush Achievement Awards 2021. Celebrating the great contributions of African Caribbean people in West Yorkshire. Sat 16th October 6-8:30pm via zoom and livestream

Book launch – How a black woman overcame a car crash and cancer to tell her story

  • Wednesday 20 October 2021
  • Chestnut Centre, 2a Chestnut St, Sheepridge, Huddersfield HD2 1HJ

Black Abolitionist Cycle Ride

  • Sunday 31 October, 10am departure
  • Meet at Huddersfield Library

Members of ‘Cycle of Life’ will ride the route which five black abolitionists toured in the 19th century.

Find out more information at Cycle of Life Facebook page.

 

If you would like to find out more about Black History Month 2021 in Kirklees then please email the Cohesion Team at cohesion@kirklees.gov.uk.