Black History Month 2021 – activities & events from our Local Authority Partners

Black History Month is an annual celebration of the history, achievements and contributions of Black people in the UK.

All of our six partner local authorities – Havering, Newham, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, will be leading celebrations and reflecting on Black History. Colleagues of all cultural backgrounds are invited to celebrate, learn and reflect on experiences shared by Black peers, at your respective local authority.

Please do see below information about the events that are being delivered by our local authority partners, along with links on how to access and attend these events.


Here at Havering, the BAME Staff Forum (BSF) will be leading celebrations and reflecting on Black History.  We invite all colleagues of all cultual backgrounds to come celebrate with us, learn and reflect on experiences shared by Black peers.

We are offering a programme of educational and interactive activities throughout Black History Month (BHM) that all of our colleagues and community partners are invited to join, including internal online events hosted by the BAME staff forum and external events.

Havering staff colleagues wishing to view the programme of events, this is available on the Havering intranet page. We are also celebrating publicly through a number of key events and activities, which you can find on the Havering website HERE.

Barking & Dagenham

As a part of Black History Month 2021, at Barking & Dagenham, we are holding a number of events both in person and online.

As part of our wider diversity, equality and inclusion agenda, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham is working in partnership with local arts, cultural and community organisations throughout the month of October to deliver a wide programme of events and activities.

Those living and working in Barking & Dagenham wishing to view the programme of events and activities, please visit the LBBD website.

Waltham Forest

At Waltham Forest, our Race Equality Network (REN) has organised a range of events for staff and residents alike to come together and celebrate Black History Month 2021.

Our colleagues in REN have put together a huge variety of cultural, educational and social events to celebrate black history in Waltham Forest. These include art exhibitions, story telling, musical workshops, ‘lip sync’ night and more!

Waltham Forest staff and residents interested in attending these events, please visit the WFCulture website to view the full range of events.

Tower Hamlets

To mark Black History Month 2021, at Tower Hamlets we have music, film, workshops, heritage and more which form the mainstay of varied, month-long programme of events and activities.

In addition to the wide array of events listed, Museum of London Docklands have a great programme for Black History Month throughout October.

Those living and working in Tower Hamlets wishing to view the full programme of events can do so from the Tower Hamlets website.


We have a packed programme of more than 30 events and activities celebrating Black African and Caribbean culture in Redbridge.

Throughout the month there will be reading groups, paint workshops, comedy sessions for adults of all ages, activities for children and young people to take part in, and so much more.

To join us at one or more of our events, please visit the Redbridge Website to view the full programme of events.


Throughout the month of October, Newham Council are hosting a programme of events and activities that respond to the theme of Ambition, Achievement, Inspiration.

This programme is part of Newham Unlocked, the Council’s cultural festival of events and activities that highlight the rich and diverse mix of creativity that exists in our borough.

This year’s programme consists of mainly in-person events, which will be held safely followingCovid-19 guidelines. To view the full programme and book onto events, please visit NewhamBlackHistory.