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Lewisham marks Black History Month
FROM shopping centres to churches, activities have been held across the area to mark Black History Month this year.
In Lewisham, October has seen a wealth of celebrations, launching with the Word Up Day event at Lewisham Shopping Centre where authors, poets and performers showcased their talents.
Elsewhere, the Church of God of Prophecy in New Cross held a a special event with guest speakers.
Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock said: "Black History Month is always a special time in our borough’s annual calendar. It gives us all an opportunity to celebrate the diversity in Lewisham and the contribution those communities have made.
"There are some great acts and performers taking part in this year’s programme and I’d encourage everyone to get involved."
Liaison manager at Lewisham Shopping Centre Gordon Glean said: “The weekend was a fantastic end to a successful week at the centre.
"In particular, it was great to see the younger members of the community participating in Black History Month, with impressive dance performances.
"The week-long celebration was a great opportunity to bring people together to support such a prominent and important part of our community.”
While schoolchildren at Downderry Primary School, in Downham, celebrated carnival-style with handmade costumes, masks, dances and drumming.
Teacher Lynne Hunt said: "We celebrated all the festivities going on in the Caribbean and elsewhere.
"We had a big carnival procession all around the street and a dance in the playground with the whole school."
For details of the full programme visit lewisham.gov.uk/blackhistorymonth
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