Black History Month

MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In the climate of cuts, black history month events are severely restricted across London. Is this something you can look into as part of your culture strategy and plan so that there is positive impact locally in boroughs in a way black history month can be celebrated in all parts of London?


Answer for Black History Month

Answer for Black History Month

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have just hosted a number of events for Black History Month (BHM) both inside and outside of City Hall.

A real concern for those groups who partnered with us was the funding shortage linked to this celebration. Since 2010, many boroughs have been forced to scale back their BHM activities, which mean fewer Londoners are getting the opportunity to attend events.

While our Culture Strategy and plan does not specifically encompass BHM, all our schemes have inclusivity and access for all Londoners at their core. Having said that, I intend to liaise with my Community Relations Team to explore ways how we can support this important celebration in London in the future.   Having said that, I in