LLANELLI has joined the celebrations of Black History Month with a workshop exhibition at the Llanelli Library today, Monday (Oct 29).

The exhibition featured information stands on history, anti-racism demonstration and the importance of Fairtrade.

Fairtrade work within communities in Africa ensures that people are given a fair income for the goods that they trade with the Western countries.

Children and adults visiting the Library took part in a drum workshop where they learnt how to play historical and classic songs on the drums. They also learnt about influential figures such as Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King.

The workshop demonstrated how important the black community were in developing music in particular Soul and Blues.

Speaking to Llanelli Online, organiser Paolo Piana said: “Most of the music that we enjoy today all has its roots from Africa for example drum beats and it is followed all over the world.”

Throughout the month the exhibition has travelled around the country, teacher the history and inspiring people to stand up against racism.

Paolo added: “It is the 11th year that the Black History Month has been celebrated in Wales.

“We are working hard to make this a curriculum activity in schools, it is important that both older and younger people learn about black history.”

When asked about racism and if it has changed over the years he added: “I think we have come a long way but there is still a lot to do to help give people the knowledge they need to combat racism.”

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