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Celebrating Diversity Activities 2010 What is Black History Month? Black History Month takes place throughout October and has been celebrated in the UK for 23 years. It was originally started in 1926 by Dr Carter G Woodson and is celebrated in February in USA and Canada, The aims are to: Promote knowledge of Black History, culture and heritage Promote positive Black role models and contributions to British Society Promote community cohesion and participation within British Society

How do we celebrate Black History in Westminster? In Westminster our Black History Month programme is called Celebrating Diversity. Every year we have adopted a different theme and this year our theme is Health & Wellbeing. The profile of Black History Month (BHM) has continued to grow in Westminster due to increased partnership working in and out of the City. The City Council also acknowledges and celebrates the transient and diverse nature of Westminster’s communities (including those whose commute into Westminster and pupils who attend Westminster Schools but live outside the borough). We aim to build on this work in 2010. Information about Westminster’s BHM events will available on our website and will play an important role in keeping staff, residents and visitors to the City informed. How much will the events cost? Events are available for all the family to enjoy and we have worked hard to ensure all but a small number of our events are free. As with all events, full risk assessments will be carried out prior to the events to ensure the health and safety of all attending. All venues/activities are wheelchair accessible. Multi-lingual staff are available at our feature events to help those will language needs. We hope you enjoy celebrating Black History Month in Westminster.

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SEPT 2010 HISTORICAL WALK – FRIDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER Departs City Hall 6.30-8.30pm ORAL HISTORY PROJECT – WOMEN’S MOVEMENT 20TH-30TH SEPTEMBER Westminster Reference Library (library opening times) YOUTH MUSIC WORKSHOP 16TH SEPTEMBER Stowe Youth Club 5.30pm-7.30pm WSDG ANNUAL SEMINAR 17TH SEPTEMBER Westminster Reference Library 6.30pm-11pm ACL BONE MARROW AND BLOOD DONATION 22ND SEPTEMBER City Hall 10.00pm-5.00pm ORAL HISTORY PROJECT – WOMEN’S MOVEMENT WORKSHOP 30TH SEPTEMBER Westminster Reference Library 7.00pm-9.00pm OCT 2010 TONY WADE SEMINAR 11TH OCTOBER City Hall 6.30pm-8.30pm WALTER TULL FILM SCREENING 13TH OCTOBER City Hall 12.00pm-1.15pm and 1.30pm-2.45pm HISTORICAL BOAT TRIP 16TH OCTOBER Westminster Pier 11am-1pm PAN AFRICAN CONGRESS SEMINAR – 22ND OCTOBER City Hall 6.30pm-8.30pm STORY TELLING EVENT 26TH OCTOBER Pimlico Toy Library, Pimlico Academy 11am-12pm HARLEM SHUFFLE 27TH OCTOBER The Cockpit Theatre 7.30pm-9.30pm CRAFT WORKSHOP 28TH OCTOBER Paddington Children’s Library 11am-1pm FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL - FEATURE EVENT 29th OCTOBER Westminster Central Hall 12pm-9pm

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SEPT 2010 HISTORICAL WALKS 3RD SEPTEMBER City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP 6.30pm-8.30pm Partners Steve I Martin, Black History Studies No of attendees 25 per walk Target Group Young people Y7 +, adults Key aims and objectives To provide an informative background to the black presence and key historical figures in Westminster. Activity Organisation/Department Purpose/Outcomes The walks are approx 1 ½ hour Steve I Martin The route runs from in duration covering landmarks Westminster City Hall to such as Westminster Abbey, Covent Garden. Walkers learn Caxton Hall, House of about notable African Commons and Foreign and scholars, abolitionists, artists Commonwealth Office. Steve I some of who were born into Martin gives an insightful slavery and became free account of the black presence men/women living and across Westminster and working in the city of highlights the lives of key Westminster and hear about figures including Ignatius the untold history of Sancho, Olaudah Equiano and African/Caribbean life in the Henry Sylvester Williams. 17th - 20th Centuries. YOUTH MUSIC WORKSHOP 16TH SEPTEMBER Stowe Youth Club, 258 Harrow Road, W2 5ES 5.30pm – 7.30pm Partners BTWSC, Africa Caribbean Development Foundation No of attendees Max 15 Target Group Young people aged 15+, Key aims and objectives Understanding the various career opportunities within the music industry Understanding of music industry organisations Understanding marketing and communicating in the music industry. Activity Organisation/Department Purpose/Outcomes 2 hour workshop, using BTWSC, Africa Caribbean Gain advice, knowledge and various multimedia formats. Development Foundation. skills about the various careers within the music industry. Promoting innovation with young people, developmental and artistic skills.

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WSDG ANNUAL SOCIAL SEMINAR 17TH SEPTEMBER Westminster Reference Library, 35 St. Martin's Street, WC2H 7HP 6.30pm-11.00pm Partners Black History Studies, BTWSC, Africa Caribbean Development Foundation, Westminster Libraries, Westminster Staff Diversity Group. No of attendees Max 100 Target Group Young people aged 16+, Adults Key aims and objectives Understanding the history and influence of music in today’s society. Understanding of music industry organisations Promote positive role models for young people Activity Organisation/Department Purpose/Outcomes 1 hour Seminar on the history Black History Studies, Gain advice, knowledge and of music followed by “Get Africa Caribbean skills about the various Familyar” a talent contest Development Foundation, careers within the music promoting up and coming BTWSC. industry. Promoting team artists. Attendees will also work with young people, have the opportunity to developmental and artistic network and socialise. skills. ORAL HISTORY EXHIBITION AND WORKSHOP 20TH-30TH SEPTEMBER Westminster Reference Library (library opening times) Workshop on 30th September 7.00pm Partners Well Placed Consultancy No of Attendees Target Audience Yr7 +, Adults Key aims and objectives To explore role of positive and influential black women in society, giving written and oral testimonies of life experience and achievements. Subjects include Dawn Butler former MP Brent, Baroness Ros Howells and Baroness Valerie Amos. ACLT BONE MARROW AND BLOOD DONATION EVENT 22ND SEPTEMBER 2010 City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP 10.00am-5.00pm Partners ACLT, National Blood Service, NHS Westminster, Anthony Nolan Trust No of Attendees 150-200 Target Audience Westminster Staff and adult residents Key aims and objectives The aim of the day is to promote blood and bone marrow donation, promote health and wellbeing within the community and raise awareness about health issues, including health conditions which are specific to BME communities. Activity Organisation/ Purpose Department ACLT/National Blood To provide information and advice Health advice and information Service regarding conditions which may be on donating blood and bone of higher incidence within BME marrow. communities. Advice and information on Anthony Nolan Trust To provide information about Leukaemia symptoms, diagnosis and treatment and other services available to those living with the condition.

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OCTOBER 2010 WALTER TULL FILM SCREENING 13TH October 12.00pm-1.15pm and 1.30pm – 2.45pm City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP 6.30pm-8.30pm Partners Westminster Archives Centre No of Attendees 30 Target Audience Yr5 +, Adults Key aims and objectives Epic documentary discussing the life of Walter Tull, England’s first black professional football player and first Black officer in the British Army. Activity Organisation/ Purpose Department Workshop, film screening Informative overview Providing positive role models for followed by Q&A. highlighting the life of those overcoming adversity black soldiers during Discussing importance of the turn of the community cohesion century PAN AFRICAN CONGRESS SEMINAR 22ND OCTOBER City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP 6.30pm-8.30pm Partners Steve I Martin No of Attendees 70-80 Target Audience 16+, Adults Key aims and objectives A seminar exploring history of Pan-Africanism, highlighting significant events such as the Pan-African Conference in 1900 which took place in Caxton Hall, Westminster and notable attendees, including Westminster Barrister and local MP Henry Sylvester Williams, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, John Alcindor, Dadabhai Naoroji, John Archer and William Du Bois. HISTORICAL BOAT TRIP 16TH OCTOBER Westminster Pier, Embankment, London SW1A 2JH 11.00am-1.00pm Partners Family Information Service, Play Service, Steve I Martin No of attendees 100-120 Target Group Young people Yr7 +, adults Key aims and objectives To provide an enjoyable and informative trip on the River Thames, raising awareness of key landmarks and highlighting the history of the River Thames during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Activity Organisation/Department Purpose/Outcomes 90 minute return boat trip Steve Martin, Historian A fully narrated and leaving from Westminster to enjoyable trip down the Greenwich River Thames. All attendees received a goodie bag with historical information about the Thames and local community and its role in business and community development in Westminster.

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STORY TELLING EVENT 26TH OCTOBER Pimlico Toy Library, Pimlico Academy, Lupus Street, SW1V 3AT 11.00am-12.00pm Partners Westminster Libraries, Westminster Family Information Service No of attendees 30 max Target Group Children aged 2+ Key aims and objectives For children to have the opportunity to experience theatrical story telling of African/Caribbean traditional tales. Activity Organisation/Department Purpose/Outcomes 1 hour interactive session of Chi Creation Stories Children have the opportunity traditional African/Caribbean to develop their creative and stories. artistic skills. HARLEM SHUFFLE 27TH October The Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street NW8 8EH 7.30pm-9.30pm Partners Union Dance, National Youth Jazz Orchestra No of attendees 150 Target Group Young people aged 11+, Adults Key aims and objectives Showcase of one of Westminster’s voluntary youth art organisations. Activity Organisation/Department Purpose/Outcomes Performance with full jazz National Youth Jazz Promote the musical and orchestra and contemporary Orchestra, Union Dance creative dance skills of young dance group. people. Promoting positive role models. CRAFT WORKSHOP 28TH October Paddington Children’s Library, Porchester Rd, W2 5DU 11.00am-1.00pm Partners Westminster Libraries No of attendees Max 32 Target Group Westminster Primary School Pupils Key aims and objectives To teach children basic craft skills led by internationally renowned doll maker Pauline Straker who currently works in Westminster for Adult Services. Activity Organisation/Department Purpose/Outcomes Children have the opportunity Pauline Straker, Adult Promoting team work with to develop their creative and Services young people, developmental artistic skills, producing and artistic skills. greeting cards and other crafts.

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FEATURE EVENT FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL - FEATURE EVENT 29TH OCTOBER Westminster Central Hall , Storeys Gate, SW1 9NH 12.00pm-9.00pm Partners World Foods, Level 7 Media Africa Caribbean Development Foundation No of attendees 1000+ Target Group All ages Key aims and objectives To provide a food and drink festival event, celebrating diverse communities and promoting community cohesion with a mixture of art, exhibitions and multicultural food. Activity Over 50 exhibitors, including Westminster Adult Education, City of Westminster College and the University of Westminster. The day will feature celebrity chefs, food sampling, competitions, workshops and evening talent showcase.

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Organisation/Department Various multi-national companies

Purpose/Outcomes Raised awareness of health benefits of multicultural food and drink and healthy eating. Provide cookery information and workshops for young people. Provide information for those wishing to enter the catering/leisure & tourism trade.

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For more information about Black History Month visit: www.westminster.gov.uk/bhmevents or email: amsmith2@westminster.gov.uk Tel: 020 7641 8547

image courtesy of Francesco Marino

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