Black History Month 2023

Black History Month 2023


Black History Month 2023

This year, the theme for Black History Month is 'Saluting our Sisters.’

“Black History Month will be dedicated to honouring the achievements of black women who are often the forgotten heroines. We want to amplify their voices and challenge the systems that oppress them. As we celebrate the continued achievements and contributions of Black people to the North East, the UK, and the rest of the world, we also need to consider how we're creating change for the future.”


Island Movements

two ballet dancers performing outdoors

This year, we are thrilled to be hosting a performance by Black British Ballet at City Library on Monday 9th October at 1pm. 

Island Movements is a short ballet that tells the story of Windrush and explores the impact of this generation’s experiences on their families, communities and society. Beginning with a young Caribbean soldier in WW2 Britain, this moving tale follows him and his family through their life in the UK up to the current Windrush scandal.

The show will be followed by a Q&A with the dancers and creators.

Book your ticket on Eventbrite.

Please note: Tickets for the public are limited as this performance will also be attended by a local school group.


 six book covers of books by black women

Read more Black Women challenge

Now is the time to take part in our Read more Black Women challenge. Our 100 books by Black Women  reading list is a great place to find works of fiction written by Black women. We also have a powerful reading list of non-fiction by black authors featuring work by Michelle Obama, Yomi Adegoke and Glory Edim.

Download and print your challenge template or pick one up in your local library. 


 Black History Month Story Times

Luna Loves Dance book cover


Join us at City Library at 10.30am every Monday morning in October for special story times celebrating our favourite black authors and characters.

Story Time at City Library takes place in the Junior area on Level 3 and is best suited to under 4s. No booking is required.

Did you know?

Have a look at this Black History Month Author Map from Joel Janiurek at the Barbican Library for more ideas!

A map in the style of the London Tube, listing black authors by genre. For example, Floella Benjamin at the junction of Memoir and Fiction.

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