Black History Month
During Black History Month we will be celebrating historic moments, events, achievements and contributions of black people in our communities and across Merseyside, as well as shining a light on people who are striving for equality and diversity in our borough.
On this page you can find information on activities happening in Sefton to celebrate Black History Month.
The World Reimagined
The World Reimagined is a national initiative to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans and its impact on all of us. Sefton is home to art installations created as part of the project. The main globe is located in The Strand in Bootle, and a community globe is in The Atkinson Centre in Southport. Additionally, six globes created by local schools have been placed in Crosby Library. More information on the globes can be found here.
Different Voices Shared Lives
A collection of writing by members of black, Asian and other racial minority communities from across the Liverpool City Region. The anthology is the culmination of an extensive creative writing programme, delivered in partnership with the City Region’s six Library Services, in which professional writers supported the development of new writing talent. The book launch is taking place Thursday 27th October at Central Library in Liverpool. Find out more here.
The Unseen Selfie Art Exhibition
The Atkinson is working with guest curator and artist Nahem Shoa to present the exhibition. Alongside historic self-portraits, the exhibition shines a light on self-portraits by contemporary artists, who traditionally have not been given an equal voice and remained largely invisible, particularly women artists and artists of colour.
Southport African Caribbean Heritage Association are having a full funded Trip on 1st October to The International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, and then on to L8 Caribbean Centre for food, and visit to the local Caribbean Food shop. We are providing transport where needed.
Southport Against Racism are hosting an event at The Atkinson Centre on Saturday, 22nd October as part of the World Reimagined project, 12pm – 3pm. There will be information on the globe as well as poetry readings and singing performances.
At the Library
These events are ongoing, are not exclusively Black History Month events.
The Colour of Pomegranates
A collaboration between with Venus and the Red Cross to offer women learning English a space to practice their English speaking and listening skills with native speakers, through creative activity and conversation. An ongoing project, the sessions are taking place 1st October, 15th October and 29th October at Bootle Library. Find out more here.
Community lunches at Bootle Library, cooked and eaten together in the library. Growing from one of our first projects by artists Fairland Collective, these lunches are communally prepared and cooked in one pot, always in the library itself. Everyone chops, so everyone has made lunch for everyone else. Find out more here.