Merton celebrates Black History Month

This October, Merton will be participating in Black History Month for the seventh year. Black History Month originated in the USA as a celebration of African American achievement. It was adopted in the UK in the late 1980s as an inclusive, multi-cultural UK wide festival held in October that celebrates the achievements and contributions of the black and ethnic minority communities.

In Merton the festival is now a core element in promoting the development of local communities. There is an exciting programme for everyone to take part in, including Stamping, Shouting and Singing Home at the Polka Theatre, story telling, African textiles workshops and an Asian fashion show.

For further details please visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/blackhistory or contact the Celebration Line on 020 8545 4712.

Councillor David Simpson, Cabinet Member for Partnerships and Community Safety said:

“Black History Month is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate living in a diverse community, and learn more about the cultures that make up our borough. “