Black History Month: Hull events
A SERIES of events marking Black History Month will tackle the issue of racism in the city and celebrate minority cultures.
A community group in Cottingham Road, which offers support to ethnic minorities, is supporting the programme, which features art and showcases African music.
Best Hope, based at the Community Enterprise Centre, will also host a grand finale on Wednesday, October 31, which is supported by the likes of Humberside Police and Hull City Council.
Project manager Augustus Onabanjo said attitudes have improved in the city but there is still a lot of work to be done.
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He said: "Black History Month throughout October celebrates other cultures and brings people together.
"I've lived in Hull for five years and things have changed during that time but a lot of people still don't know what help is available to them.
"As well as dealing with racism issues and directing people to the right services, we help to get people back into work.
"Many have problems with language skills and accent, as well as writing their CV.
"People want to improve their knowledge of the English language to secure work and to socialise."
Mr Onabanjo was born in the UK but his family originate from Nigeria and he said there has been an influx of students from other countries studying at the University of Hull in recent years.
"It's important to let people know we are here so there is more cohesion and understanding in Hull," he said.
The events being organised for Black History Month include Sounds of Africa at St Joseph's Church in Boothferry Road on Thursday, October 18, from 6pm to 10pm.
There will also be a number of showcase days at the Adelphi in De Grey Street and the Hull Afro Caribbean Centre in Park Street.
The Empowerment Day on Wednesday, October 31, will be held at the Community Enterprise Centre from 11am to 3pm.
Along with representatives from the police and city council, there will be information given out from mental health services and
Councillor Terry Geraghty, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: "We fully support Black History Month and once again partners in Hull have come together to organise a month of diverse events that celebrate our own local African and Caribbean cultures and communities.
"There is something for everyone to enjoy and we encourage people to take part and learn more about African and Caribbean communities."
Visit hullblackhistory.word press.com for the full run down of events.