Black History Month 2021

“Dig Deeper, Look Closer, Think Bigger”

Black History Month (1-31 October) is a nationwide celebration of African and Caribbean culture, arts and history, which recognises the achievements and contributions of Black people to British society. Please visit the the links below to find out more about key people, places and events, both past and present. Much of this has been shared by our members for those seeking to broaden their knowledge and understanding of Black culture, arts and history, and diversify the culture in their lives. You can also find links to anti-racism resources and information about key historical events in Britain. This page is a work in progress and we will periodically continue to add new links and information, so please visit it again soon.

For more information about Black History Month, please visit:


To see all the events going on at the University of Leeds this month visit: Black History Month 2021 – Equality and Inclusion Unit (

A copy of the full programme for Leeds11, friends and partners can be found here: Attachments – OneDrive (

Akala – author of “Natives: Race & Class in the ruins of Empire”, presenting this 7 minutes on writing / culture / and a whistle-stop history for BHM – it is the first of a two part thing.

20 Classic books by writers of colour, as chosen by writers of colour:

Hyde Park Picture House films: Tape Collective (Mon 25th, captioned), No Place Like Home (Sun 17th) and The Story of a Three-Day Pass (Sun 31st). Tape Collective has a panel discussion afterwards (with BSL interpreter), and No Place Like Home is being presented with a pre-recorded introduction by the film collective who restored it.

Screening of  pre-recorded films from Leeds Museums & Galleries YouTube’s online 1152 Club programme with a Black History focus presented by Leeds Museums and Galleries:

During the second half of October (date TBC), Leeds Art Gallery will host an online talk about African sculpture based around the Woodwork exhibition displayed at the gallery.

Black History Month 2021 – ‘Curating Your Own Wellness Journey’ – An immersive wellness event with culturally diverse communities: Black History Month 2021 – Curating Your Own Wellness Journey | Leeds Inspired

On Friday, October 23, 115 Club will organise an online presentation about the Fisk Jubilee Singers. More details here:

Between Tuesday, October 27, and Friday, October 30, Leeds Industrial Museum will host ‘Represent’, an event aimed at young people which focuses on industrial history collections. Visit Leeds Industrial Museum – Leeds Museums & Galleries

Thursday, October 29, the Leeds BME Hub presents A Black History Month live debate ‘Racism – Where do we go from here?’. To find out more about the event and to register, visit

‘My White Best Friend’ theatre production: A series of personal letters by Black and ethnically diverse writers from across the North, explore the personal and political of the things we don’t dare say. Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, sometimes political and full of fire, these letters will be written and sealed, to be opened and read out loud by the actors, who will only see the letters for the first time in front of the audience, on the night. My White Best Friend – North – Eclipse Theatre, Slung Low at The Holbeck, Fri 22 Oct; The Riley Theatre, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Tues 2 Nov; Left Bank, Tues 9 Nov (all Pay What You Decide but pre-booking advised).


Click here to find out more and diversify the culture you consume.

If you’re on the lookout for great music, look no further – here’s a list of 31 iconic black albums from the past 50 years.

Read about the Bristol Bus Boycott, a pivotal moment in UK Black history.

And here’s a useful list of anti-racism resources.