Black History Month marked with talks, screenings and artwork

31st October 2022


Artwork created by young people from across Watford, Three Rivers and Hertsmere has been on display to mark Black History Month.

Youngsters aged between 11 and 17 were given the 2022 national theme “time for change, action not words”, a blank canvas and the means to be as creative as possible with the support of a youth worker. 

The artwork has been displayed at Watersmeet, in Rickmansworth, during two special film screenings of King Richard and Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse. Prior to the screening of King Richard, members of the Watford African Caribbean Association gave a talk to the audience. Clive Saunders OBE, the association’s Chair, talked about the importance and the story behind Black History Month and Angela Wells talked about her experiences of living in Three Rivers over the past 40 years.

Cllr Debbie Morris, the Chair of Three Rivers District Council, said: "I was delighted to be part of the event at Watersmeet celebrating Black History Month. It was a real privilege to introduce two brilliant speakers - Clive Saunders OBE and Angela Wells - from the Watford African Caribbean Association. They captivated the audience with everything they shared."

Black History Month takes place in October every year and is an annual commemoration of the history, achievements and contributions of black people in the UK. People from many different backgrounds come together during this month to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture.