Celebrate Black History Month in Merton

Merton hosts a variety of events across the borough

In celebration of Black History Month Merton Council is supporting local groups and initiatives in delivering a variety of exhibitions and events across the Borough throughout October.

·Positive Negatives
Mitcham Library: 1-10 October
Morden Library: 12-22 October
Wimbledon Library: 24 October – 3 November
Mobile Library from: 5 November

Pablo Menfesawa-Imani, a photographer from Merton, will be showing photos reflecting his images of Merton’s Black community. The exhibition entitled ‘Positive Negatives – Changing Faces’ will be on show at various Merton Libraries throughout Black History Month.

·Black and Asian Heritage in Merton
West Barnes Library:
Raynes Park Library:
Donald Hope Library:
Throughout October

Merton libraries will also host a display by NE Mitcham Community Association on Black and Asian Heritage in Merton.

·’Politics and Culture – Paul Robeson in the UK’
Council Chamber, Merton Civic Centre: 29 October at 7.15pm

The Council Chamber at the Merton Civic Centre will be the venue for a talk entitled ‘Politics & Culture – Paul Robeson in the UK’ on Monday 29 October. Local resident and historian Sean Creighton will talk about the American singer, actor and anti-fascist, peace and black rights activist.

·Fashion and Dance by MACO
Mitcham Methodist Hall: 27 October at 6.30pm

An evening of fashion and dance will be held by Merton African-Caribbean Organisation (in partnership with Merton Arts Development). It will take place at Mitcham Methodist Hall on Saturday 27 October at 6.30pm.

In addition to the above events there will be a Black Achievers Exhibition at Pollards Hill Library and the Iroko Theatre will visit Merton’s Priory School.

Councillor Su Assinen, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said; “Black History Month is the opportunity for Merton to celebrate the heritage and culture of Black and Asian residents in the Borough and for all residents to learn more about the history of the Borough. There is a wide range of events and exhibitions taking place, so there is sure to be something to interest every resident in the Borough.”

For further information on any of the above events please contact 020 8545 4197