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Celebrating Black History Month at London's Africa on the Square Party

Everything we saw at the one-day event in central London that celebrates African culture and generally makes people smile.

by Angela Dennis
Oct 16 2016, 3:00pm

This article originally appeared on VICE UK

On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of people headed into central London with a common goal: celebrating loosely pan-African culture as part of this year's Africa on the Square event. Since Black History Month was founded in 1987 by Greater London Council's Akyaaba Addai Sebbo, October has become a time when city councils around the country make a concerted effort to honor cultural contributions made by the black diaspora.

The usual tourist hum of Trafalgar Square turned into a street party, market, and stage that saw the likes of street performers and London mayor Sadiq Khan mingle with a happy crowd. We sent photographer Angela Dennis down to take in the sights, and here's what she made of the day.

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan taking a crowd selfie with MOBO founder Kanya King MBE on stage

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Floyd and Patrick, African Reparations Movement activists

CJ, Africa Fashion Week operations director

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