'Proud to be black' event to be held in Southport this month

By Kate Lally

People in Southport are invited to celebrate black culture this month.

October marks Black History Month and there are many events set to take place across Sefton to celebrate it.

The Southport Against Racism community group is holding an event called "Proud to be Black in Southport ".

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Communities are invited to come together for an afternoon of performance, with music, poetry and spoken word.

There will also be a space for members of the community to share their memories.

Any musicians wanting to share their talents are encouraged to contact organisers, while black-owned businesses are invited to sell or advertise their wares, free of charge.

Proud to be Black in Southport will take place on Saturday, October 30, at Greenbank High School from 3pm.

Free tickets are available here.

Other events will be held at libraries across Sefton.

Aimed at young people, the sessions will open up conversations around Black history.

Children will be encouraged to think about who they are, where they come from, and their heritage.

Here's where and when these events will take place:

Bootle Library

Saturday, October 23 - Introduction session, 11am-12pm

Monday, October 25 - Mask making around personal heritage and identity and cooking African snacks, 11am-12pm

Tuesday, October 26 - Performing & round up , 11am-1pm

Crosby Library

Saturday, October 16 - Introduction session - 11am-12pm

Wednesday, October 27 - Mask making around personal heritage and identity and cooking African snacks, 11am-2pm

Thursday, October 28 - Performing and round up, 11am-1pm

Catherine Ross, the editor of Black History Month UK, said: “It’s been a challenging time for many black and brown people, with so much in the media about racism, inequality and injustice.

"We wanted the theme of Black History Month 2021 to focus on celebrating being black or brown, and to inspire and share the pride people have in their heritage and culture – in their own way, in their own words.”

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