Black History Month 2023

Still, taken from film, about the killing of Charles Wootton during the 1919 Race Riots in Liverpool.
Black History Month 2023 28Oct

Black History Month 2023 is here to inspire, reflect, and celebrate!

Throughout October, Liverpool will explore the contributions made to society by people of Black heritage and their communities.This work is led, primarily, by Writing on the Wall. Over recet years, Liverpool Irish Festival has worked with Writing on the Wall -and many other Merseyside organisations- to develop an arts and culture sector Race Equality Manifesto. Our celebration of Black History Month is part of this ongoing work.

25% of people born on the island of Ireland are mixed-race. Race is as important to Ireland and Irish people as it is to America or Britain, Africa or the Caribbean.

Writing on the Wall’s (WoW) Black history programme will bring to the fore discussions that enhance awareness, through research and education, and continue the fight for true equality.

Explore the current events listed and keep an eye on our website and socials for more inspiring events!

Letters to Gil with Malik Al Nasir 

Discover the incredible journey of author, poet, and academic Malik Al Nasir as he unveils his powerful memoir, Letters to Gil. 

  • When: 4 October, 12.30pm  
  • Where: The Bluecoat, The Sandon Room, 8 School Ln, Liverpool L1 3BX 
  • Ticket price: £3 
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In conversation with Arun Kundnani

Join WoW online, for an in-conversation, with Arun Kundnani on his new book What is Antiracism and why it means Anticapitalism? 

  • When: 10 October, 7pm
  • Where: Online
  • Ticket price: £3 concession
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Great War to Race Riots walking tour

The highly popular 1919 Race Riots walking tour returns for Black History Month, exploring the murder of Charles Wotton and the social and political backdrop of these tragic events.

  • When: 14 October, 12pm
  • Where: Tour starts from the Chinese Arch on the Corner of Nelson Street and Berry Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 5DN
  • Ticket price:  £10
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In Conversation With Professor Gus John

Writing on the Wall and Kuumba Imana Millenium Centre are proud to welcome Professor Gus John back to Liverpool, for a free event, to discuss his latest publications Blazing Trails and Don’t Salvage the Empire Windrush. He’ll speak with Dr Ama Biney, who’s taught Black British history and African and Caribbean history for over 25 years in the community, Further Education and Higher Education Sectors.

  • When: 17 October, 7pm
  • Where: The Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre
  • Ticket Price: FREE
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Deported in a Windrush, by Leonisha Barley

Join us for this FREE event as Leonisha Barley brings you a rehearsed reading and feedback session of her debut play Deported in a Windrush.

Deported in a Windrush is a play, based on the book The Windrush Betrayal, exposing the ‘hostile environment’ by Amelia Gentleman. The book reveals how the government’s immigration policy created a hostile environment for thousands of law-abiding people, when they were wrongly classified as illegal immigrants.

  • When: 19 October, 7pm
  • Where: Toxteth Library 
  • Ticket price: FREE
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Remembering Pastor Daniels Ekarte

Join friends of WoW, Stephen Small, Tayo Aluko and author Marika Sherwood as we explore Pastor Daniels’s life in Liverpool and the history of the city’s Black community.

  • When: 26 October, 7pm
  • Where: Toxteth Library 
  • Ticket price: £4
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Dorothy Kuya walking tour

Come along for this rare opportunity to learn more about Black British history and lifelong activist Dorothy Kuya (1933-2013).

  • When: 28 October, 12pm
  • Where: The Blackburne Arms Pub, 24 Catharine St, Liverpool L8 7NL
  • Ticket price: £10
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28 October 2023

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