We’re continuing to support Black History Month during October when, as a City, we come together to celebrate the contributions of  African and  Caribbean  descendants who have helped shape Wolverhampton, making a huge difference to our culture and people.
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Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) team have been working hard alongside a number of local authorities to bring colleagues events focusing on this year's theme - Time for Change: Action Not Words.   

Check out our City Council leader, Cllr Ian Brookfield, taking us through how we are supporting Black History Month all year round.

 

If you want to find out more about Black History Month, online activities, articles or educational resources, please visit blackhistorymonth.org.uk

What's on

Poetry competition

As part of the Wolverhampton Literature Festival, residents of Wolverhampton are invited to put pen to paper and submit a poem on Black History. The theme for Black History for 2022 is ‘Time for Change: Action Not Words’.

We invite you to submit a poem which reflects the theme 'Time for Change: Action not Words' – whether it’s from your own life experience or from within your local community – to inspire the next generation.

Prizes:

  • 1st Place – £150 cash
  • 2nd Place - £30 voucher
  • 3rd Place - £30 voucher

Criteria:

  • Aged 18 years and over
  • Poem has not been published elsewhere (eg, in a book, on social media or on websites etc)
  • Poem must be written by you
  • Poem subject matter is ‘Time for Change: Actions Not Words’
  • A picture of yourself should be submitted with your poem
  • Poem must be a maximum of 100 words
  • All entries must be submitted by midnight on Saturday 31 December 2022
  • Winners and award ceremony will take place on Saturday 4 February 2023

Inspiring the next generation

On Friday 28 October, the City of Wolverhampton Council in partnership with Wolverhampton Homes, hosted an ‘inspiring the next generation’ event at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery. 

The event was opened by Mayor Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE with speakers including Jay Blades MBE, Nick Bailey, Gamal Turawa, Councillor Bhupinder Gakhal, Keith Fraser and hosted by Derrick Campbell. They all shared the experiences and challenges they encountered while undertaking their achievements.
 

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Black Leadership with Dr Karl George
19 Wednesday October, 12:30 – 13:30 

Dr Karl George, Consultant, trainer and public speaker, will be hosting an hour-long session about the importance of black leadership and how organisations can do more to develop their staff. 

Karl supports local authorities and big businesses to ensure they work towards all aspects of workplace inclusion.   

Join the meeting


Dare to Dream – An Evening with Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE
Friday 28 October 

Come along to ‘Dare to Dream – An Evening with Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE, Wolverhampton’s First Ever Mayor of African Caribbean Heritage’ to find out the fascinating story of a 10-year-old girl who arrived in Wolverhampton from Jamaica, dared to dream and went on to become a respected councillor, community leader and now the First Citizen.

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Quiet Rebels (Theatre performance)
19 Wednesday, 7:30pm
Arena Theatre £10

QUIET REBELS - stories of white working-class women who crossed the colour line to marry men of the Windrush generation. Women who lived with the ignorance of racism and social stigma directed against them and their families, but who are the foundations of today’s multi-cultural communities.

Set in a dystopian England, Detective Shade investigates Aileen Burnett’s murder - a white woman who married a Black man. As a convicted race-traitor with four children, she had served time for ‘miscegenation’.

To solve the crime Shade travels the Multi-resistance’s Underground network to the Northern Free Zone where in facing her past, everything she thought she knew about herself and her world is challenged.

Film, movement, soundscapes with integrated creative access provide a powerful dramatisation of stories brought to life by Julie McNamara (The Knitting Circle) and Hassan Mahamdallie (The Crows Plucked Your Sinews) and a team of creative talent.

Supported by Arts Council England, the Garrick Charitable Trust and City Bridge Trust.

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The Caribbean Front Room Exhibition
All month
Wolverhampton Art Gallery: Free

Our new exhibition ‘The Caribbean Front Room’ opens today in celebration of Black History Month. Curated by Juliet Whitter, ‘The Caribbean Front Room’ takes visitors on a nostalgic trip through replicas of a 1960s and 70s formal front room and living room that would have been the hub of many local homes.

As well as recreating the rooms, Juliet has recorded personal stories of people who came to Wolverhampton during and after the Windrush era, when people from the Caribbean responded to a call from the British Government to help support industries after the Second World War.

Juliet says, ‘We have taken the opportunity to speak with members of our community who migrated to the UK from the Caribbean during the 1950s and 1960s. Individuals reflected on their experience of when they first arrived in Britain, tales of their journey and their 'Front Room'. As first generation, born in this country in the 60s, these evoked memories of my parents’ precious heirlooms such as religious pictures and family photos showcased around the wall, memories of my father’s radiogram, his drink trolley, his Hofner guitar and vox amplifier which was his pride and joy.’

‘The Caribbean Front Room’ is free to visit. It is located on the first floor of the gallery and runs until Sunday 30 October.


The Woman King: Red Carpet Event
18 Tuesday October, 6pm
Light House Cinema: General ticket price

In collaboration with the Light House, we are delighted to invite audiences to this red carpet event so get your gladrags on! ‘The Woman King’ is a historical epic about the true events that occurred in the West African state of Dahomey in the 1800s.

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