Black History Month event at Mill Green

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is celebrating the lives and contributions of black people locally and nationally for Black History Month, culminating in a special event at Mill Green Mill and Museum on 26 October.

People outside MillGreen

Throughout October, the council has been working with primary schools on creative contributions, with pupils producing poetry, art, short stories, and quotes that represented this year's theme, 'Time for Change: Action not Words'.

Everyone is invited to a special Black History Month event on Wednesday 26 October, from 11am-2pm, at Mill Green Mill and Museum, where the artwork will take pride of place in a special display.

The Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Cllr Barbara Fitzsimon, will welcome everybody to the event, where there will be guest speakers, including Ashton Attzs, a 24-year-old UK-based painter and illustrator, talking about their work and experiences, and Gilroy Gregory, a council officer and author of a recent book called 'George, the teenage years'. Mama Cynth's Jamaican Kitchen will be serving a delicious Jamaican-style buffet; plus, attendees will have the opportunity to look around the rest of the Mill and Museum.

Councillor Tony Kingsbury, Leader of the Council, said

We are proud to be supporting Black History Month again, and to celebrate the lives, achievements, and historical contributions of black people locally, and much further afield. The children have sent in some thought-provoking and expressive artwork, and I can't wait to see it at our special event, which promises to be a fitting celebration of black culture. This also takes place in half term, so do put the date in your diaries!