Merton Marks Black History Month

Events at libraries throughout the borough

Merton is celebrating Black History Month throughout October with a variety of family events in libraries across the borough.

The events include a family learning workshop entitled "I have a dream" at Donald Hope Library in Colliers Wood from 3.30pm-4.30pm on Tuesday October 19.

Black History Month is held every October in Britain. Its goals are to promote knowledge of the black history, culture and heritage, to disseminate information on positive black contributions to British society and to heighten the confidence and awareness of black people to their cultural heritage.

Merton was home to a number of people who campaigned against slavery, including William Wilberforce MP, who lived in Lauriston House on Southside, Wimbledon, for some time before becoming active in the abolition campaign. He was responsible for the passing of the Abolition of the Slave Trade bill, after many years of trying to convince Parliament.

Other events in Merton libraries are:

October 5 and 12 - Black History Month film showing at Pollards Hill Library 6.45pm-9pm.
October 14 - Caribbean cooking with Jay Peas at Morden Library 2.30pm-4pm.
October 14- I have a dream family learning workshop - Mitcham Library 4pm-5pm.
October 22 - African mask making - Raynes Park Library 10am-11am.
October 22 - Carnival mask making - Pollards Hill Library 10am-4pm.

October 4, 2010