Black History Month will be marked with a series of events in Wokingham Borough.
The celebration began with the launch of the 2015 Black History Month Mall Gallery exhibition celebrating authors and historians from BME communities on 6 October. The exhibition was opened by the Borough’s Mayor Cllr Parry Batth. The mall gallery is in the council’s Shute End offices and is open to the public during Civic Office opening hours until Monday 2 November 2015.
The next event will be an evening with Jamila Gavin at Woodley Library on Thursday 15 October from 6.30pm to 8pm. Gavin is the author of Coram Boy and she will be talking about her work and how multiculturalism has influenced her.
On Saturday 24 October 2015, from 10am to 10.30am, there will be a free family storytelling session with Boniface Mpario, a Maasai Warrior, at Wokingham Library. Mpario will be telling traditional animal stories for all the family. He will follow this with a talk about the Maasai tribe, its history and culture between 11am and 12noon, entitled The Maasai of South Western Kenya and Northern Tanzania.
The annual free Taster and Performance evening will round off the celebrations on Saturday 14 November from 7pm to 10pm at Woodley Baptist Church, Hurricane Way, Woodley, RG5 4UX. Enjoy world music and dance, a steel band, and healthy food from around the world.