Black History Month

We are proud to be supporting and celebrating Black History Month this October.

Black History Month

Black History Month celebrates the continued achievements and contributions of Black people to the UK and around the world. It's also a time for continued action to tackle racism and ensure Black history is represented and celebrated all year round.

To help us mark the month, primary school students across the borough have been getting creative taking part in our art competition. The students were tasked with creating artwork inspired by the Black History Month theme 'Proud To Be' which will be displayed at the Howard Centre in Welwyn Garden City from the 4 October.

The top three winners of the competition will then be decided by members of the Council and Howard Centre staff. The winner will receive vouchers to spend in the shops at the Howard Centre and their artwork will be displayed on a long-term basis. To help draw attention to the artwork display, local artist 'PaintParty by Rachel' has painted a window display also inspired by Black History Month. The artwork will be on display until the 31 October so when you visit Howard Centre next, be sure to take a look at all the inspiring artwork.

Campus West are also celebrating the month by celebrating black talent on the big screen by showing three entertaining, educating, and exhilarating films.

Babylon
This film centres around Brindsley Forde's character 'Blue' who fronts a reggae sound system based in South West London. This influential film captures the trials and tribulations of young black youths in troubled London during the early eighties. Many describe this film as 'a cult classic which deserves more attention'.

Belle
The illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a British admiral plays an important role in the campaign to abolish slavery in eighteenth century England. It is a historical romance as well as a film about social justice.

The Stuart Hall Project
Stuart Hall is one of the most influential and esteemed cultural theorists of a generation. 'The Stuart Hall Project' takes the viewer on a roller coaster ride through the upheavals, struggles and turning points that made the 20th century the century of campaigning, and of global political and cultural change.

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