Newham launches its Black History Month celebrations with David Olusoga

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Bangla sanglap desk: Celebrated historian and TV personality, David Olusoga launches Newham’s Black History Month programme with an online discussion about what Black Lives Matter means in the context of Black British history. The event will be facilitated by award winning human rights campaigner, writer and artist, Zita Holbourne.

Newham Council will host a programme of activity that responds to the theme of Strength, Courage, Determination.

The programme is part of Newham Unlocked, the Council’s new-look cultural festival of events and activities that highlight the rich and diverse mix of creativity that exists in the borough, to ensure that residents get the chance to experience the richness of a vibrant and diverse cultural community.

Councillor Charlene McLean, Deputy Mayor and cabinet lead for community neighbourhoods said; “This year it is more important than ever to recognise and learn about the history of black people in light of Black Lives Matter movement and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the black community. The programme will explore the adversity that black people have faced and how their strength, courage and determination has shaped society throughout history.”

“It is also part of the council’s Tackling Racism, Inequalities and Disproportionality programme where we want Newham to become a beacon of social change and help all residents to be proud of their personal histories and local heritage.”

The programme also includes author Sharmaine Lovegrove, interviewing DJ Norman Jay MBE about is new book, Mister Good Times.

Although the programme will mostly be online, there will be some physical events, all of which will be held safely, following Covid-19 guidelines.

For information about Black History Month and how to book onto events visit or contact

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