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They're more used to negotiating their way through the traffic in Reading, but this month some of the town's bus drivers have been swapping their uniforms for aprons.
They've taken over the kitchen at the works canteen to serve up dishes from different parts of the world. It's all to celebrate Black History Month. Penny Silvester went along to see how well the food has been going down.
The interviewees are bus driver Tricia James, Pablo Stevens - bus driver and Sierra Leonean chef; Randy Bancroft - Caribbean chef, and Shelley Townsend - bus driver.
Exactly 20 years ago today, one million African American men gathered in Washington for what has become known as the Million Man march. The anniversary is also being marked closer to home through song in Southampton. Sangeeta reports.
Event organisers in Southampton are looking forward to opening their doors for a month long celebration of Black history.
It's the 11th year Black History Month has been celebrated in the city and community organisations and businesses are getting ready to host activities.
With exhibitions, screenings and musical performances planned, people of all ages and ethnicities can be entertained while learning about the positive contributions that Black people, over the years, have made in the south.
- An exhibition exploring the role of Black women in society by Radian Housing, from 11am to 2pm on Saturday 3rd October, at the Newtown YMCA, Graham Road.
- A presentation of a ‘Black Plaque’ to the Red Cross, in honour of Red Cross volunteer, Mae Street-Kidd (1904–1999). From 11am, Thursday 15th October, at the Royal South Hants Hospital, Mary Seacole Wing at the Healthy Bites Cafeteria.
- First showing of the short film BLACK, which stars Black men from Southampton. From 8pm to 9pm, Friday 16th October at The Stage Door, 78 West Marlands Road.
- The One World Fair, showcasing Southampton's cultural diversity through food, interactive stalls and workshops. From 2pm to 5pm, Friday 30th October, at Southampton Solent University, Sir James Matthews Building.
- Godfrey Brandt's Chords and Lyrics 2, an evening of spoken word poetry and jazz, from 7.30pm on Friday 30th October at Mettricks Tea & Coffee House, 117 High Street.
For a full calendar of events visit, Discover Southampton.
Black History Month has been launched in the South. The four weeks of music, dance and exhibitions aim to promote knowledge of black history and raise cultural awareness. Key themes this year are 'Black Women in History' and a campaign to teach black history in schools. Interviewees: Stephanie Pitter, Black History Campaigner, and Lou Taylor, Black History Month Coordinator.