26 Sep 2012
Stockport is marking Black History Month in October with a series of events.
Black History Month celebrates the contributions made by black people around the world. It was started by Carter G. Woodson in America in 1926.
Local events include:
A service to launch Black History Month (BHM) will be held on Sunday October 7th at 10.30am at Hazel Grove Methodist Church, Wesley Street, Hazel Grove, SK7 4JQ. The Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport, Councillor Wendy Meikle and Claire Meikle, will be attending. All are welcome. The church has a large car park. For more information contact Jannett Creese at
Black Writing in Focus: Displays of novels and other writing reflecting Black experiences are available to browse or borrow from Stockport Central Library and the Heatons Library throughout October.
Storytime: During the week beginning 22nd October come and enjoy Storytime - picture books for children celebrating the borough's rich and diverse cultures. There are more details at any Stockport library, or phone 217 6009 or click onto www.stockport.gov.uk/libraries
A special Multi-cultural Event will be held at the Asian Heritage Centre at The Heaton Moor Centre on Thornfield Road SK4 3LD on Tuesday 23rd October between 11am and 3pm. See flyer for more information
BHM ends with ‘And the Beat Goes On & On’, an evening of dance and celebration, organised by the African & Caribbean Association, at Hazel Grove Civic Hall, London Road, on Saturday October 27th, 7pm-Midnight. Tickets cost £10 per person and include free food and drinks. There is a free car park with disabled access. For tickets or more information contact
Councillor Martin Candler, Deputy Leader of Stockport Council and Executive Member for Governance and Corporate Services, said: "The Council recognises and values the diversity of all its residents and we are delighted that Black History Month celebrations are taking place in October. These events help raise awareness of the positive contributions made by communities to the cultural development of Stockport."
For more information about events nationally, please click onto www.blackhistorymonthuk.co.uk