Black History Month celebrates the contributions of Black British and African Diaspora people to the UK. Here’s our list of five events you shouldn’t miss during Black History Month:

There are numerous Black History Month events held each year. In this article, we will cover 5 events that you may want to attend

The Leeds Black History Walk 

The Leeds Black History Walk will reveal previously undiscovered stories and local narratives regarding the African presence in Leeds. 

During the two-hour walk, you’ll return to Roman Yorkshire to hear stories of Nesyamun (known as the most amazing Mummy in Britain), the Queen of Sheba, Emperor Septimus Severus, David Oluwale, and many historical characters.

Date and time:

October 22, 11 am – 1 pm

Location: University of Leeds, Parkinson Steps Woodhouse LS2 9JT

LexTempus: A Multisensory Music Experience

LexTempus is a must-go for music lovers, this time bringing a multi-sensory experience transporting attendants to the iconic era of Black British music from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Smooth jazz, cool funk, and swinging disco are blasted via a 34-speaker system.

Customized scents mixed with tasty cocktails for each era work together to take visitors through time while blasting their ears with smooth jazz, cool funk, and a swinging disco. 

Date: October and November

Location:  Lex Tempus – Aures, 18 Leake Street London, SE1 7NN, Waterloo

Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama (‘Hail, the Dark Lioness’)

Zenele Muholi’s stunning work comes to Glasgow with a series of self-portraits that aim to re-write the black queer and trans visual history of South Africa.

The exhibition raises awareness of the struggle and existence of the people in South Africa and beyond, during a time of peak hate crimes, through the lens of empowerment.

In more than 80-self portraits, this exhibition confronts the issues of race and representation through classical painting and fashion photography.

Muholi uses her skin as a canvas, sparking a dialogue between the past and the future.

Date and timing:

October 1 – November 6 2022, open daily 10am–5pm

Location: University of Glasgow East Quad

Time for change: Actions, not words, a view from the legal profession

Natasha Shotunde is a barrister and Honorary Doctor of Laws at Garden Court Chambers, where she practices family law and public inquiries. 

Statistics reveal a constant tendency of Black barristers being underrepresented in critical positions and aspiring Black barristers struggling to enter the profession. 

In this exhibition, Shotunde will speak about her experiences as a barrister and discuss the work being done to combat discrimination.

Online event 

 Date and time: October 25th

19.00 – 20.00 BST

The Way They See Us at London Lighthouse Gallery & Studio

The Way They See Us is the first UK exhibition of artist Jacqueline Suowari’s work.  

Her portraits are both strong and delicate, created with the signature marks that have earned her the title “Queen of Ballpoint Pen.” and earning her title as a draughtsman. 

Her exhibition will challenge stigmas around perception, identity, and prejudice.

Date: October 1 – 31

Location:  London Lighthouse Gallery & Studio, 18 Lyell Street, Leamouth Peninsula, London E14 0SZ

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