Black History Month will be celebrated in Wokingham Borough for the tenth successive year this month (October).
During the month, an exhibition entitled Stories of Independence will be on display in the Mall Gallery in Wokingham Borough Council offices at Shute End. The exhibition will focus on the journeys to independence from the British Empire that were undertaken by countries across the world.
As well as the exhibition, Black History Month will be celebrated with the annual Taster and Performance Evening on Saturday 12 November at Woodley Baptist Church, Hurricane Way. The evening, which will begin at 7pm, will feature dance, music and food from a range of cultures. This event includes performances from a broad range of community groups and residents to showcase the Wokingham Borough’s cultural diversity.
To complement the performances a wide selection of foods from around the world will also be provided for attendees to enjoy. As with previous year's events, the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Forum’s successful Healthy Lifestyles Project will be sponsoring the food for the event.
Wokingham Borough Mayor Cllr Pitts said: "We are proud to have been celebrating Black History Month for ten years now and I am looking forward to this year’s events. It is important to mark these events and I am sure this year’s Black History Month will be a wonderful celebration of some of the different cultures we have here in the borough."
Surjit Jutla, chairman of the BME Forum, said: "The Stories of Independence exhibition promises to be a thought-provoking and powerful display. Black History Month is now well-established in Wokingham Borough and there is always a great mix of interesting and entertaining events. I am sure this year will be no different."