Black History Month

Posted on: 28th September 2017

October is Black History Month, this year marks the 30th Anniversary of Black History Month and Ealing Libraries has an exciting line up of events to celebrate this notable occasion.

There is a range of indepth and informative talks for adults, to a choice of children's activities including the opportunity to meet the creator of 'Rastamouse'. See below for further details about our events.


Tracing Black Ancestry: Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers Uncovered

Photo of author and speaker Paul CrooksTrailblazing family historian and author Paul Crooks captivates his audience with his account of how he traced his African forebears enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica, 200 years ago. Come and hear Paul’s account of how he traced his Great, Great, Great, Great Grandmother and his roots in Africa. 

Come and ask questions about how to start exploring family history. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired to explore your Ancestry.

Ealing Central Library 
Tuesday 4 October, 6:00 - 7:00pm.
FREE, advanced booking essential.


Author Talk: Dame Elizabeth AnionwuCover of Dame Anionwu book 'Mixed Blessings from a Cambridge Union'.

Find out about the fascinating and inspiring life Elizabeth has led from deciding to become a nurse at the young age of four because, whilst she was in care, a ‘wonderful nursing nun’ treated her childhood eczema in an expert and sensitive manner.

Elizabeth put a substantial amount of her life into her work as a nurse, health visitor and tutor working with black and minority ethnic communities in London. Elizabeth was honoured with a Damehood (DBE) in the 2017 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for her services to nursing and the Mary Seacole Statue Appeal. In 2001 she was awarded a CBE for services to nursing.

Ealing Central Library
Saturday 14 October, 2:00 - 3:00pm
FREE, advanced booking required.


An Inspirational Journey Picture of NHS manager Vi Thomas

Vi Thomas is Director of Nursing at NHS England (London). Coming to the UK in the 1960s she has worked in a variety of leadership roles within NHS Trusts, PCTs, the King’s Fund and the Department of Health. Vi is committed to promoting quality in patient care, leadership, and the development of staff. 

In this inspirational talk, Vi will be sharing her career journey in the NHS, and reflecting on the importance of the role of BME staff since the 1960s until today. She will be highlighting some of the challenges and the various initiatives in place to support BME staff in the 21st century.

Ealing Central Library 
Tuesday 17 October, 6:00 - 7:00pm.
FREE, advanced booking essential.


Zimbabwe Stamp issued in commemoration of Sally MugabeSally Mugabe: Exile in Ealing

Sixty years ago Sally Mugabe took up residence in Ealing. Come along to this talk to find out why the first wife of Robert Mugabe was living in exile in Ealing and the political crisis her residence created.

Ealing Central Library 
Saturday 21 October, 2:00 - 3:00pm.
FREE, advanced booking essential.


'Rastamouse' Storytelling

Bring your little ones to meet the author and creator of ‘Rastamouse’, the popular charache as seen on CBeebies! 

As part of our Black History Month programme enjoy stories which celebrate Caribbean culture and language, help children understand right and wrong, and give them the encouragement to read.

Wood End Library
Wednesday 25 October, 11.00am – 12.00noon.
FREE, no booking required.
Children aged 4+.

Northolt Library
Wednesday 25 October, 1:30 – 2:30pm.
FREE, no booking required.
Children aged 4+.

Northolt Leisure Centre Library
Wednesday 25 October, 3:30 – 4:30pm.
FREE, no booking required.
​Children aged 4+.


History, Herstory and Our StoryPhoto of Grace Quansah

A Creative Writing & Art Workshop for Black History Season

West Ealing Library
Tuesday 24 October, 11:00am - 12:15pm.
FREE, no booking required.
For ages 6 - 16.


Ealing Central Library
Tuesday 24 October, 2:00pm - 3:15 pm
FREE, no booking required.
For ages 6 - 16.

Acton Library
Thursday 26 October, 2:00pm - 3:15 pm
FREE, no booking required.
For ages 6 - 16.


The Impact of African Black Music on Classical Music

Photo of musician and speaker Gillian SpraggRecent research into Western classical music has at last started to reveal an unexpected and sometimes startling contribution from a number of so-called “minority” musicians, and especially from black composers. 18th century composers such as Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint- Georges, were known to Beethoven. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was one of the most popular composers of his day. Professional musician Gillian Spragg will trace the fortunes of these and other Black composers and performers.

Ealing Central Library
Thursday 26 October, 6:00 - 7:00pm
Free, no advance booking required.