Black History Month Events 2018

Dear Black Europe Resources Readers,

It’s Black History Month! You will find below various interesting events. Why not also have a look at this year’s BHM magazine 2018?

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Thushari Perera

 

21 September 2018 – 31 March 2019

MIMESIS AFRICAN SOLDIER

(IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON)

Mimesis African Soldier

“The First World War was waged between empires that were global in their ambitions and reach. Between 1914 and 1918, millions of African soldiers served in long, colonial campaigns that spanned the whole of the African continent, contributing to victories throughout the First World War. In addition to this fighting, African soldiers from British, French and Dutch African territories were brought to Europe’s western front, where they lost their lives alongside unknown, unheralded and undocumented carriers. “Mimesis: African Soldiers” eeks to commemorate these Africans who fought, served and died during the First World War. This new multi-screen installation by artist John Akomfrah remembers the millions of African men and women who participated in the First World War, either as soldiers or carriers…”

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2-30 October 2018

ANCESTRY TALKS WITH PAUL CROOKS

(VARIOUS VENUES, LONDON)

“Welcome to Ancestry Talks masterclasses – a unique programme of exploring Black Ancestry whilst extending knowledge of Black History. Masterclasses offer a broad range of talks across a variety of Black History and Ancestry topics, from how to trace African Caribbean ancestry, topical discussion on Black History and cultural appreciation. Harnessing the expertise and specialisms of the author and genealogist Paul Crooks, talks are at the forefront of the exploration of African Caribbean family history. The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal development whether that be starting on your journey, overcoming genealogy challenges, or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration. We’re inspiring a love of Black ancestry, a love of Black history and self-love.” Web: http://www.paulcrooks.info

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3-31 October 2018

THE MISSING CHAPTER: BLACK CHRONICLES

(WOOLWICH CENTRE LIBRARY, LONDON)

Autograph Missing Chapter

“Autograph’s pop-up photography display featuring 30 remarkable image panels, reproduced from rare 19th century photographs portraying people of African, Caribbean and South Asian descent during the Victorian era in Britain. Part of the The Missing Chapter project, which aims to bring together a distinct body of photographs that showcases diverse ‘black presences’ in Victorian and Edwardian Britain, offering a unique portrait of black lives and migrant experiences during the decades following the birth of photography in 1839. They portray a diverse range of people living and working in Britain at the time, from politicians to performers to service men and women.”

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4 October 2018 – 16 March 2018

ROOTS, RYTHMS & RECORDS

(HACKNEY MUSEUM)

Roots Rhythms and Records Exhibition Hackney 2018

“The exhibition not only looks at the music itself but also about the wider industry, influences and social history. The display also shows how music spawned entrepreneurs at the 30 record shops that once existed across the borough and in the bedroom studios of teenagers. There will also be a chance to listen to Hackney residents telling their stories in their own words, as well as the opportunity for the younger generation to learn to play the steel pan and have a go at listening to a vinyl record.”

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6 October 2018

FRUITVALE FILM CLUB: BELOVED BY JONATHAN DEMME, 1998

(BIRKBECK CINEMA, LONDON)

Beloved

“In collaboration with the London Campaign Against Police and State Violence (https://www.facebook.com/LCAPSV/) is a friends- and family-led campaign group opposing all forms of police and state brutality against communities in London and beyond. We put on a monthly free film screening to provide a space where it is possible to enjoy an interesting movie but also to share and discuss experiences of violence, objectification, oppression and harassment. This could include intrusions such as constant stop and search, or physical violence, or the everyday stress of being made to feel you somehow have to account for yourself and your experiences of racism. We’ve shown a diverse range of films in the past (Fruitvale Station, Pressure, Candyman, Poetic Justice and the anti-psychiatric abuse documentary Whose Mind is it Anyway? – John’s Story). Anyone is welcome at our events and anyone is welcome to suggest future films for us to show and discuss.”

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9 October 2018

LONDON IRISH LECTURES #5 LORRAINE MAHER

(LONDON IRISH CENTRE)

London Irish Centre

“Inspired by a persistent lack of representation of the Black Irish experience, Lorraine launched the project #IamIrish to celebrate mixed race Irish people and to question the concept of ‘Irishness’ and what an authentic Irish identity means for Irish communities today. Since launching the Project at the London Irish Centre during Black History month 2016 the movement has grown from strength to strength sparking many important conversations about what “Irish” sounds and looks like. The project has attracted huge interest capturing the imagination of people in the UK, Ireland and internationally. It has sparked creative conversations and connections far beyond the project and the Black Irish experience. Come and join Lorraine to hear about what inspired her to create #IamIrish , her childhood growing up in Tipperary, her current work to celebrate the changing face of Ireland and get an insight into the highs and lows of her journey! This event is support by Culture Ireland GB2018 Programme. Lorraine is an experienced Community Cultural Advisor and Arts Producer and works alongside some of the most hidden and hardest to reach communities to empower inspirational collaborations and experiences.”

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12-14 October 2018

AFTER THE STORM

(HARROW ARTS CENTRE, LONDON)

Written by Ademola Adeniji; Directed by Sally Barnard. It is 1918. Okoli Madu, a returnee Soldier returns from the Western Front with hopes and aspirations, but his hopes are dashed and his resettlement plans become dishevelled. He starts a campaign, but is met with hostility from all directions…

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13 October 2018

JEFFREY BOAKYE: THE LANGUAGE OF RACE

(IDEA STORE WHITECHAPEL, LONDON)

Hold Tight Jeffrey Boakye

“Last year Jeffrey Boakye’s ‘Hold Tight’ was published. This brilliantly fun and insightful biography of Grime received widespread acclaim as it explored all the eclectic languages, cultures, and subcultures that helped birth the genre. In this talk, Jeff plans to look at how language shapes our understanding of racial identities. Boakye’s gift is to address the heaviest of issues with a light, often humorous touch, leaving his audience equally enlightened and entertained.”

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17 October 2018

ANNUAL RACE LECTURE 2018 – DR SHIRLEY J. THOMPSON

(LEEDS BECKETT UNIVERSITY)

Shirley J Thompson

“Join us for an evening of music, food and conversation with Dr Shirley J. Thompson. Unearthing Submerged Narratives in Classical Music Histography and Education: Towards an Inclusive Art Form and its Teachings. The art of classical music is frequently described as deriving from purely, European origins. However, there may be more to this story than is often acknowledged. Dr Shirley J Thompson will explore the role of the African in classical music’s foundation, genesis and development. The theme of the Lecture will be Unearthing Submerged Narratives in Classical Music Histography and Education: Towards an Inclusive Art Form and its Teachings.”

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23 October 2018

SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875-1912):

THE LIFE OF A BLACK BRITISH COMPOSER

(LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS)

Samuel Coleridge Taylor

“By the LSE Department of International History. Black History Month event: film screening followed by roundtable discussion. This film will explore the remarkable life, music and political involvement of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, the classical composer, who was born to a father from Sierra Leone descended from African-American slaves, and who shot to fame in Edwardian England and the United States, only to die at the tragically young age of 37. Len Brown, the producer and director, will present the film. Professor Chi-chi Nwanoku (Royal College of Music), Dr Imaobong Umoren (LSE) and Dr Padraic X. Scanlan (LSE) will participate in the subsequent roundtable discussion chaired by Professor Matthew Jones (LSE).”

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25 October 2018

EDINBURGH WORLD HERITAGE LECTURE: EDINBURGH AND THE SLAVE TRADE – THE TRUE COST OF THE NEW TOWN (SCOTLAND)

Edinburgh and the Slave Trade

“Join us on Thursday 25 October for a groundbreaking new lecture to celebrate Black History Month. Human rights activist and Professor Emeritus in the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, Sir Geoff Palmer O.B.E. will expose Edinburgh’s long and profitable relationship with slavery.

Scotland benefited disproportionately from the slave trade. Relative to population, Scots owned more slaves, more plantations and had a higher share of the transatlantic trade in plantation goods such as tobacco and sugar than England or most other European countries. Professor Palmer will argue that the remarkable economic transformation seen in the city in the final part of the 18th century came at a heavy price. The story will be told through the experiences of the many wealthy residents of the New Town who were slave and plantation owners, as well as prominent men associated with the city, such as Henry Dundas, who campaigned against abolition.”

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27 October 2018

AFRICAN, ARAB AND ASIAN MERCHANT SEAMEN IN WW1 (POPLAR, LONDON)

“The untold stories of BAME merchant seamen (primarily from Sierra Leone and Aden) interned in Germany during WW1. Also, learn about one man’s fascinating journey to Bangladesh and back to find his grandfather’s lost war medal. Presentations, audio visual displays and accompanying photographic exhibition. Penstroke Publishing: www.penstrokepublishing.com

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30 October 2018

LONNIE BUNCH – BUILDING THE DREAM: THE CREATION OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM AND THE PROBLEM OF RACE IN AMERICAN MUSEUMS

(UCL, CENTRE FOR CRITICAL HERITAGE STUDIES)

Lonnie Bunch

“American educator and historian, Lonnie Bunch will deliver this year’s Centre for Critical Heritage Studies Public Annual Lecture at UCL Gustave Tuck Theatre. He will speak about the challenge of building the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC as a lens through which to focus on the way race is explored but not really examined in American museums.

As the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Lonnie Bunch promotes the museum’s mission to help audiences see African American history as American and human history. One of the recent exhibits, ‘Through the African American Lens: Selections from the Permanent Collection’, opened on 8 May 2018. In addition, the museum’s travelling exhibition, ‘Changing America’, will be exhibited at 50 venues across the US during 2018. Lonnie Bunch also established the programme ‘Save Our African American Treasures’ featuring day-long workshops where participants work with conservation specialists and historians to learn to identify and preserve items of historical value.

Before his July 2005 appointment as Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Bunch served as the president of the Chicago Historical Society (2001–2005). A prolific and widely published author, Lonnie Bunch has written on topics ranging from the black military experience, the American presidency and all-black towns in the American West to diversity in museum management and the impact of funding and politics on American museums. In 2010, he published the award-winning book, Call the Lost Dream Back: Essays on Race, History and Museums. In 2017, he authored for the World Economic Forum in Davos Agenda (blog), ‘America, Slavery and how Museums can help to heal Fractured Societies’. Lectures and presentations to museum professionals and scholars have taken him to major cities in the United States and many nations abroad, including Australia, China, Ghana, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Sweden and the UK.

This lecture is chaired by Professor Tamar Garb (Director of the IAS) and closing remarks and thanks will be given by David Lammy (Member of Parliament for Tottenham).”

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