As we continue our Black History Month celebrations, organisations across Barnsley are coming together next week for an extra special series of events and activities.
Organised by Barnsley CVS in collaboration with Barnsley Council and our partners, there is a lot planned for Black History Week, which will celebrate our borough's black history and the heritage and culture of our black communities.
Join Barnsley Museums on Monday 18 October (11am-1pm) for a special tour of Experience Barnsley, the borough's social history museum. Hosted by curator Steven Skelley, find out more about what's on display, their diversity projects and how you can get involved.
You can book your place for this free event here.
On Tuesday 19 October (10:30am-4pm), free support sessions will be taking place at the Library @ The Lightbox to help residents from our diverse communities learn more about becoming a library member.
On Wednesday 20 October (10:30am-12pm), the ELSH (Education, Language and Support Hub) will be hosting a free event about feeling safe in our borough. South Yorkshire Police will be on hand to explain the Barnsley Safe Places project and answer your questions.
Finally, join Barnsley CVS on Thursday 21 October (7pm-9:30pm) for a movie night at The Lightbox with special guest Bruce Dyer, former Barnsley FC player.
The special screening of Hidden Figures, which tells the story of the brilliant African American women who worked at NASA during the Space Race, will be free to attend - you can book your place here.
Barnsley is delighted to be joining communities across the country in celebrating Black History Month. This year's theme - 'Proud To Be' - invites black people of all ages and backgrounds to share the history they are making in their own ways as well as the pride they have in their heritage and culture.
Councillor Jenny Platts, Cabinet spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: "We're delighted to be supporting Barnsley CVS and the fantastic programme of events they have planned for Black History Week. With this year's theme being a celebration of the heritage and culture of our diverse communities, it is great to see organisations from across the borough coming together to join in the festivities.
"Black History Month is a fantastic opportunity to recognise and celebrate the history, achievements and contributions of our black communities. Please get involved throughout the remainder of Black History Month and help us create welcoming, supportive communities for everyone living in Barnsley."
Florentine Bootha-King, Development Worker at Barnsley CVS, said: "For this year's Black History Month, we wanted to bring the borough together to celebrate the pride, culture and heritage of our black communities. I'm really excited about the programme of activities we have been able to organise alongside our partners, and hope it shows how welcoming a place Barnsley is.
"Whether you want to learn more about the history of the borough or to join us for popcorn and a movie, I hope to see residents from across Barnsley joining in next week's festivities."
We have been busy bringing Black History Month to Barnsley, kickstarting the month with a range of online celebrations.
We have already seen book collections organised by Barnsley Libraries, shared how children can learn more about black history and heard from our anti-racism reading group. We have more planned for celebrating throughout the month - keep an eye out on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts!