#BlackHistoryMonth – with Dr Velma McClymont

Dr Velma McClymont will discuss the importance of Black History Month and the black presence in London pre-20th century.

Join Dr Velma McClymont as she discusses the importance of BHM; the black presence in London pre-20th century; Windrush children (who joined their parents in the 1960s); and her latest novel Little River.


Dr McClymont will be joined by Cecil Gutzmore, Caribbean historian.

More about Dr McClymont

Dr Velma McClymont is a writer, poet, scholar-activist, international speaker and the director/publisher of WomanzVue Books. She is a former lecturer in Caribbean Studies and has worked in banking, local government and as a visiting author in schools and libraries across the UK (including Scotland) and in Jamaica.

Her latest novel is Little River, a sweeping historical novel of a Scottish sugar baron and the Jamaica his life becomes enmeshed with.

A Windrush child, Dr. McClymont, born in rural Jamaica, joined her parents in England in the late 1960’s. She grew up in Battersea in the London Borough of Wandsworth where she attended a RC convent school.

More about Cecil Gutzmore

A member of the Windrush generation, Cecil Gutzmore is a Pan-Africanist, community activist, Marxist historian and former lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. He is also Resident Historian on WomanzVue where his focus is British colonialism, transatlantic slavery, and also the black experience in Britain.

This is a completely free event, brought to the community in a partnership with West Norwood Library and as part of the ongoing National Heritage Lottery funded project in West Norwood Cemetery. You can find out more on the project website: www.westnorwoodcemetery.org

Date and time: Tuesday, October 24 · 6:30 – 8pm BST

Location: West Norwood Library, 1-5 Norwood High Street London SE27 9JX

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If you have any queries on accessibility, or anything else, please contact Kim Hart on khart@lambeth.gov.uk