October marks the start of Black History Month and there’s a host of activities taking place in the borough honouring this annual celebration of achievements of black men and women throughout history. 

Black History Comedy Night
Hosted by Eddie Nestor and Robbie Gee you’ll be in for a night of non-stop side-splitting laughter with comedy from Slim, Curtis Walker, Quincy, Mr Cee, Dane Baptiste and Njambi McGrath. The night continues with musical entertainment from Omar, Don E and Jessica Wilde and local singers.
Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Town Hall Complex, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4JD, Friday, October 10, 7.30pm to 11.30pm. Details: 08444 77 10000

Losing Sight of Home
Paula David’s story is based on real accounts of first and second generation British Caribbean’s experiences in Britain from the 1960s. Promised a land of opportunity, they were met with racism, poverty and a crisis of identity. Two generations search for the meaning of home.
Leytonstone Library, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone, E11 1HG, Saturday, October 11, 2.15pm to 4.15pm, and 6pm to 8pm. Details: wflibraries.eventbrite.com, 020 8496 3000  

Perspectives: African Diaspora in Conversation
What does it mean to belong to a vibrant, scattered and diverse group of people and why is the African Diaspora important for our children’s future success? Join in these interactive talks on topics including education, behaviour, leadership, heritage, career, asylum, health and multiculturalism, with influential leaders.
Walthamstow Library, High Street, Walthamstow, E17 7JN, Wednesday, October 15. Details: wflibraries.eventbrite.com, 020 8496 3000

Beauty’s Story: Author event with Rita Ese Edah
Beauty knows every imperfection of her face. Will she ever take pride in herself? A story of loss, love, betrayal and awareness in a tale that takes the reader from East London to Southern Nigeria and back again. Author Rita Ese Edah will read passages from her new book Beauty’s Story and discusses the themes of dysfunctional relationships and abuse.
Hale End Library, Castle Avenue, Highams Park, E4 9QD, Thursday, October 16, 6.30pm to 8pm. Details: wflibraries.eventbrite.com, 020 8496 3000

Black Superheroes with Tony Walker
Animation festival for six to 60-year-olds featuring a variety of themed cartoons and films that tell tales of magical Nigerian warriors, Anansi the West Afrikan folk hero, and other heroic black men and women. Plus, examples of new superheroes, cartoons and movies coming soon.
Leytonstone Library, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone, London, E11 1HG, Saturday, October 18, 10am to noon. Details: wflibraries.eventbrite.com, 020 8496 3000