Manchester Libraries are proud to represent the diversity of the city in our activities and events programme.  This October is Black History Month and this year we are pleased to host a bigger and better series of events and activities than ever before.  

There will be Black History Month related book displays in libraries, and the catalogue will be celebrating diversity in literature.

1981 – The Year Moss Side Exploded! 

in partnership with Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre.

Learn about the 1981 Moss Side Uprisings in a free workshop for ages 13 to 18 years delivered by Manchester’s own Black History tutor, Linford Sweeney – who was there when it happened.

  • 2 October at The Powerhouse Library to book call 0161 227 3758 
  • 9 October at Central Library – booking information
  • 16 October at the Avenue Library to book call 0161 219 2393 
  • 23 October at The Forum library to book call 0161 227 3770 

Black History is World History Educational Sessions for Adults

Interactive and discussion-based workshops with each workshop focusing on a particular time period.  Every Wednesday throughout October 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Central Library.

in partnership with Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre.

Places are limited so please book in advance

And We Rise; Together. 

in partnership with Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre.

Thursday 28 October at Central Library  

1.30pm to 3.30 pm

An intergenerational informal sharing afternoon with Young Identity Poets and some of Manchester’s African- Caribbean 60+ community groups who have been working together to reminisce, share stories and create spoken pieces. Expect readings, poetry and performances which have been produced by our Poet in Residence Shirley May and the Young Identity Poets.

3.30pm to 5.00pm

‘I Predict a Riot’, 2-part documentary screening in partnership with North West Film Archives

Places are limited so please book in advance.

5.00pm to 7.00pm

A screening of Nathan Geering’s critically acclaimed short film ‘Still A Slave’

Followed by live lecture delivered by Nathan himself followed by an audience Q&A   

Places are limited so please book in advance.

Ros Norford

Aleiah’s Adventure

Aleiah’s Adventure is a children’s play written by Ros Norford and is about the journey of a young black girl with a hearing impairment who is introduced to the stories of 3 inspirational black historic Mancunians.  The play is 50minutes long and is for families with children aged 7-12yrs

  • Saturday 9 October at North City Library
  • Saturday 16 October at Longsight Library
  • Monday 25 October at The Forum Library
  • Tuesday 26 October at Central Library

Book here

Recognise or Demoralise?

6 October 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Central Library 

UNISON Manchester will be hosting a special event to commemorate Black History.  There will be performances, speakers, a play and refreshments.

Manchester Libraries against Racism.