Black History Month at the Council

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The Council will be marking Black History Month throughout October 2020 by working with Cambridge African Network to recommend a number of activities for our colleagues to learn more about Black history. 

Any residents who would like to learn more about Black history are also more than welcome to join in with our recommendations or live events. 

Week one - 4 October

Live event

On Sunday 4 October join a FREE Afro Fitness session on Zoom – from 3pm to 5pm – with Cambridge African Network.

Book recommendation

Over the first fortnight why not begin the daily challenge set out in Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World, by Layla Saad?

Historical figure

Read our reports about Olive Morris, campaigner in South London and Manchester, and Connie Mark from the Civil Rights campaigns.

TV series for the weekend

Watch BBC2's Black & British: A Forgotten History (iPlayer) with historian David Olusoga over the weekend.

Virtual shop

Pay a visit to this week's recommended shops: Tumi's Creations and Scarves R Me.

Week two - 11 October

Live events

On Sunday 11 October join a FREE Afro Fitness session on Zoom – from 3pm to 4pm – with Cambridge African Network.

On Thursday 15 October join a FREE Nubian Dance Session - from 5pm to 6pm - with Sue Baker.

Historical figure

Read our reports about David Clemetson, one of the first black people to serve as an officer in the British Army, and Lilian Bader, one of the first black women to join the British Armed Forces. 

Film for the weekend

Watch Channel 4’s Unremembered - Britain’s Forgotten War Heroes with David Lammy MP over the weekend. 

Virtual shop

Pay a visit to this week's recommended shop: Ntsama's Chilli Oil and Sauces

Week three - 18 October

Live events

On Sunday 18 October join a FREE Afro Fitness session on Zoom – from 3pm to 4pm – with Cambridge African Network.

On Thursday 22 October join artist Harold Offeh and Kettle's Yard in conversation - from 12 noon.

Book recommendation

Over the final fortnight why not join our colleagues reading Natives: Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire, by Akala? 

Historical figure

Read our reports about individual stories from those of the Windrush generation. Discover why they are still facing problems to this day. 

Film for the weekend

Watch The Guardian’s Black Sheep over the weekend. 

Virtual shop

Pay a visit to this week's recommended shop: Rock of Virtue Eat Out.

Week four - 25 October

Live events

On Sunday 25 October join a FREE Afro Fitness session on Zoom – from 3pm to 4pm – with Cambridge African Network.

On Wednesday 28 October join a FREE webinar with Carol Leonardi: Prominent and ordinary black people from Victorian Britain, from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. 

Historical figure

Read our reports about Olaudah Equiano, who was enslaved, and an autobiographer and abolitionist, who married Susanna Cullen of Soham, Cambridgeshire. 

Film for the weekend

Watch BlacKkKlansman (Netflix) over the weekend. The true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Set in the 1970s, it portrays his mission to expose the Ku Klux Klan. 

Virtual shop

Pay a visit to this week's recommended shop: Dukels (Afro / European / Asian Hair and Beauty Shop). 

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