Community marks end of Black History Month

From left, Kingsley Abrams, Cllr Christopher Wellbelove and Lee Jasper

Brixton residents gathered to celebrate the final weekend of Black History Month at a community event featuring a fashion show, music and a range of guest speakers.

The event took place at the Moorlands Community Centre and was organised by housing association Metropolitan, which manages the Moorlands estate.

Special guests and speakers included Lambeth councillor Christopher Wellbelove, poet and artist Zita Holbourne, and civil rights activist Lee Jasper.

Music was provided by choir members from the Arm of God International Church.

The fashion show, featuring the designs of local young people, was the culmination of a programme of workshops run by Metropolitan as well as the Rio Ferdinand Foundation.

Each young person designed a T-shirt celebrating cultural diversity, and modelled their own work at the show.

Kingsley Abrams, a neighbourhood investment officer at Metropolitan, said: “I would like to thank all of the speakers, performers and fashion show participants who have helped to make the event a success.

“It was a great opportunity to celebrate diversity, and to highlight the rich contribution made by black people to the Brixton community and to wider British culture.”

This year marked the 30th anniversary of the celebration of Black History Month in the UK.