YMCA Walthamstow has celebrated Black History Month with a whole host of free activities and workshops, for both the young people who come along to the centre for youth sessions and for residents. As part of Black History Month, residents enjoyed an Eritrean and Ethiopian Meal, a special Quiz Night, a talk about Blackness in the Bible and a session on Black News and Your Views. All were warmly received and well attended and truly celebrated all that Black History Month stands for.
Young people who attend the youth projects were treated to Djembe Drumming and a Wakanda Gym Challenge. There were talks about Afro/Caribbean Hair and Beauty with renowned blogger Tri from Curlture and author Eugenia Shaw. Youngsters aged 14-21 had a very special basketball session, led by former pro basketball player Dayo Okewale, as well as a motivational talk by Leyton Orient Trust coach and semi pro footballer Jordan Sanderson.
“Jordan gave a fascinating insight into his professional football career and his journey towards becoming a coach at Leyton Orient Trust,” says Project Youth Worker, Poonam Patel. “He also gave motivational advice to the young people about sports, training and staying dedicated to your personal values and ethics.”
Black History Month show
All of this culminated in a big Black History Month show in the sports hall at YMCA Walthamstow, on the last day of October, to showcase the talents of the residents at YMCA Walthamstow. There were also some special guest appearances which included comedian Judi Love, rappers Genesis, Keven Famous, Fox Banton, Luke November and singers Laura and Tanisha. Residents performed with incredible dance and singing skills, such as Adonai who was performing for the very first time, and magic from Eric that wowed the audience. Moving spoken word and poetry performances highlighted just what Black History Month stands for, to show how communities are strong and how they can flourish.