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Explore Black History Month

This October Black History Month promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with plenty of family-friendly activities sure to appeal to residents of all ages.

On Thursday 8 October children under five can take part in a Brer Rabbit-themed workshop at the William Morris Gallery (Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E17 4PP). Youngsters will be able to create their own prints of Brother Rabbit using William Morris’ designs of the mischievous folk hero.

The Sons of Blighty exhibition will be on display at venues across the borough throughout Black History Month and beyond. Collated by The Write Network; a charity that aims to support new writers, it features an assortment of oral histories from British Caribbean men from the 1960s onwards.

The exhibition is on display at Leytonstone Library (Church Lane, E11 1HG) until Tuesday 13 October, at Walthamstow Library (High Street, E17 7JN) from Wednesday 14 to Thursday 22 October and at Vestry House Museum (Vestry Road, E17 9NH) between Wednesday 4 and Sunday 22 November.

On Saturday 10 October, Walthamstow Library will host a fun-filled and energetic interactive workshop for children of all ages. You can enjoy storytelling sessions with tales from all over Africa and the Caribbean, including Anansi and Krik Krak stories, or take part in a number of fun ring games.

One night that’s definitely not for the kids is the return of the Black History Comedy Night on Friday 30 October. Following a sell-out show in June 2015, hosts Robbie Gee and Eddie Nestor will oversee another brilliant night of comedy and music at Walthamstow Assembly Hall (Forest Road, E17 4JD) featuring Curtis walker, Glenda Jaxson, Kae Kurd, Roger D, Junior Booker and Judy Love, with performances from singers Ayanna-Tippa irie and Peter Hunnigale. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5.50 for concessions.

Leyton Library (High Road Leyton, E10 5QH) will host a screening of a documentary about the life and death of human rights activist Malcolm X on Friday 16 October. The film features a mix of interviews and lectures, and there will be a question and answer sessions after the screening.

And if you’ve ever wondered about Black Super Heroes, then get down to North Chingford Library (The Green, E4 7EN) on Saturday 31 October where Tony Warner will be hosting an animation festival that will delight visitors aged six to 60.

Council Leader, Chris Robbins, said: “Black residents have made a huge contribution to enriching life in Waltham Forest, and we aim to recognise that over the course of October. I am very much looking forward to attending some of the events and meeting residents and performers.

“But Black History Month is more than just a celebration of black culture and achievements; it’s also an important way of promoting tolerance and respect in Waltham Forest. We want all residents to continue to enjoy a good quality life in the borough, and hope to see as many people as possible enjoying all the free community celebrations we’ve got lined up between now and 2016.”

For more information on events and activities taking place during Black History Month, visit Pick up a copy of the Enjoy Life guide from Waltham Forest Libraries, or download a copy from the website.

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