28 September 2018 – 31 January 2019

Walter Tull

WALTER TULL: HIS LIFE AND LEGACY

(FOLKESTONE MUSEUM)

“Folkestone Museum is delighted to present an exhibition celebrating the life and legacy of Walter Tull. Born in Folkestone in 1888 to a British mother and Bajan father, Walter was one of the first black outfield footballer to play at the highest level, for Tottenham Hotspur, Northampton Town and Clapton. To coincide with Armistice centenary commemorations in November and Black History Month in October 2018, 100 years after Walter’s death, Folkestone Museum will bring Walter’s story to a new generation. This exhibition has been made possible by the generous loan of archival material from the Finlayson Family Archive, Action for Children (The Children’s Home and Orphanage), the National Army Museum, and Tottenham Hotspur, and with the kind assistance of Walter Tull’s biographer, Phil Vasili.”

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Related Newspaper article here

10 October – 10 November 2018

Sundowning Theatre

SUNDOWNING

(KALI THEATRE, VARIOUS VENUES)

“When Alyssa returns home from prison she’s devastated to find her aunt has put her beloved grandmother Betty in a care home. Determined to give Betty one last jolly, jingle filled holiday and recapture happy childhood memories, Alyssa kidnaps Betty and the pair embark on a campervan road trip to the seaside.  But soon Betty’s dementia and Alyssa’s troubled past catch up with them…. A compelling new play by Nessah Muthy about love, loneliness and guilt between three generations of women. ‘Muthy’s dramatisation… is touching and emotionally challenging -an excellent piece of thought-provoking theatre’ Plymouth Herald”

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25 October 2018 – 4 November 2018

LEAFF

LONDON EAST ASIA FILM FESTIVAL

(VARIOUS VENUES, LONDON)

“The London East Asia Film Festival was established in 2015 as a non-profit arts organisation…LEAFF aims to champion the growing collaboration in East Asian filmmaking with a philosophy that marks a shift in the cinematic landscape of East Asia, and moves away from cultural and cinematic borders. Our vision is to bring a much wider, eclectic, and diverse programme of films from over 10 countries to show the richness and diversity of the region and its people. We want to draw people in with the familiar, and offer opportunities to see something new.”

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26 October 2018

Gus John

PROFESSOR GUS JOHN: WHAT SHOULD BLACK HISTORY MONTH MEAN TODAY?

(WARWICK UNIVERSITY)

“Professor Gus John is a renowned activist and academic who has been working in education, youth work and social justice since the 1960s. In 2016, he was chosen as one of the 30 Most Influential Contemporary African Diaspora Leaders globally.

On Friday 26 October, Professor John will speak at Warwick on what Black History Month should mean today. Last year was the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the UK, and we’re now in a time of, on the one hand, growing movements on decolonising curricula, mobilising the global African diaspora, and reparatory justice, and on the other hand, the resurgence of fascism in Europe. This talk will explore this subject and the implications for the Higher Education sector and Black History Month more broadly.”

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27 October 2018

Breathless Film

BREATHLESS FILM PREMIERE + DISCUSSION

(ICA, LONDON)

“Unfolding in Kymore, the site of the largest asbestos waste dump in India, Breathless uncovers the export of the asbestos industry to the developing world. By weaving the stories of Belgian and Indian victims of asbestos, director Daniel Lambo shows how the multinational company Etex harmed a Belgian community in the 1970s, and then went on to do the same in India in the 1990s. A story of profit over people, and of how ordinary people can and do stand up to corporations, Breathless is a gripping document of the ongoing fight against the booming asbestos industry. This UK premiere screening is followed by a conversation between Indian advocate Krishnendu Mukherjee and international lawyer Baskut Tuncak.”

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27 October 2018

Sophia Duleep Singh

SOPHIA’S ASSEMBLY: BRINGING WOMEN TOGETHER FOR POSITIVE CHANGE

(ESSEX RECORD OFFICE, CHELMSFORD)

“Essex Cultural Diversity Project invites you to this special event for women, inspired by Princess Sophia Duleep Singh: Suffragette, women’s rights campaigner and daughter of the last Maharajah of the Punjab who lived in East Anglia. Come along and find out more about this remarkable women and her role in the history of women’s empowerment. Meet and talk to others over delicious curry, hosted by the Essex Multicultural Activities Network. Be inspired and take part in conversations about issues still effecting women today: what brings us together, what holds us back and how can we generate change and move forward together? The event is OPEN TO ALL, and will have a special focus on women from South Asian backgrounds, using Princess Sophia Duleep’s Singh’s story as a starting point. The day will be hosted by Seema Anand, mythologist and storyteller specialising in women’s narratives, who will be welcoming a number of special guest speakers.”

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27 October 2018

Africa on the square

AFRICA ON THE SQUARE 2018

(TRAFALGAR SQUARE. LONDON)

“This popular event continues to grow with over 25,000 attending last year. It celebrates African arts and culture, as well as enhancing Black History Month.

We’ll be hosting a stage with live entertainment in addition to an African market, food stalls, roaming entertainment and lots of fun stuff for kids, showcasing communities from across the continent.”

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28 October 2018

Black Parisian

REVISITING THE BLACK PARISIAN MOMENT: 1918–19

(BRITISH LIBRARY, LONDON)

“Explore the connections between Black intellectual thought, military presence, and jazz cultures at the critical juncture of Paris in the immediate post-war period. Learn how pan-Africanism, Black nationalism, anti-colonialism and civil rights became embedded in post-war culture, and find out how jazz speaks to otherwise overlooked Black histories. In 1919 the ‘first’ Pan-African Congress took place in Paris. The Congress took place in a Paris already awakening to Black cultures. Just a year previously, the military band of the African American 369th Infantry Regiment led by James Reese Europe, aka the Harlem Hellfighters, toured French music halls and fought alongside French and African troops. The 369th were welcomed back to the US with a parade from Fifth Avenue to Harlem watched by 250,000 people. It was an instance of the renewed determination of African Americans in the fight for equality spurred by the war – as W E B DuBois proclaimed in an editorial that ran in the May 1919 issue of Crisis: ‘We return from fighting. We return fighting. Make way for Democracy!’ This symposium takes an interdisciplinary approach to reconsider the overlaps taking place in wartime Europe, through the crystalising lens of Paris in the immediate post-war period. It also asks what these histories have meant for future generations of black activists and cultural producers.”

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28 October 2018

East India Company

DEEP IMPACTS OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY

(RICH MIX CENTRE, LONDON)

A Conference By Participants Of Recent Projects On The East India Company

– 1.30 pm: “Bottles of the Juice of Limons”: Surviving Scurvy and the First East India Company Voyage – By Dr Rosita Aiesha

– 2.15 pm: “Vizagapatam and an 18th Century Workbox” – By Charlotte Hopkins

– 3.00 pm: “East India Company and Shipbuilding in Calcutta” – By Dr Sanjukta Ghosh

– 3.45 pm: “Re-discovering my creative self through the journey of Bengal Muslin fabrics in the 17th to 19th century in Britain” – By Lucky Hossain.

– 4.30 pm: “Invisible women: Indian women and the East India Company” – By Sharmen Haque

– 5.15 pm: “The Bhodrolok Terrorists – Why Bengal produces Gentlefolk revolutionaries and terrorists” – By Bhaskar Dasgupta

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BENGAL SHADOWS COMPANY

(RICH MIX CENTRE, LONDON)

Bengal Shadows Film

A film by Joy Banerjee & Partho Bhattacharya 

“Bengal Shadows”brings to light a lesser-known episode of the Second World War: the 1943 famine, during which between 3 and 5 million people starved to death in West Bengal and current days Bengladesh. It gives a voice to historians and researchers such as Madhusree Mukerjee, who wrote “Churchill, the secret war”. Rudranshu Mukherjee. Local people who have either experienced or been witness to these tragic events give their testimony in memory of the millions of people who died during this famine, so that history might give them justice. ‘This hard-hitting documentary brings to light a lesser-known episode of the Second World War – the 1943 famine, during which time several million people starved to death in Bengal. Today, numerous historians, researchers and writers, from both India and Britain, blame the British Empire for the famine that occurred whilst the subcontinent was under its rule. Some historians allege that Winston Churchill was accountable for the famine and even refer to it as a crime against humanity. The film gives a voice to historians, researchers and survivors, who were witness to these tragic events.’”

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N.B. These events are part of the Bengal History Week 2018 (20-28 October 2018) organised by the Brick Lane Circle. There are more events here.

28 October 2018

Diwali

DIWALI FESTIVAL 2018

(TRAFALGAR SQUARE. LONDON)

“Come and celebrate Diwali, the Hindu, Sikh and Jain festival of lights in the heart of London. With an exciting line-up of music and dance, plus workshops, foods and crafts for the whole family, it’s a fantastic day out for everyone.”

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30 October 2018

Emma Clarke Female Black Football Pioneer

CELEBRATING EMMA CLARKE, BLACK FEMALE FOOTBALL PIONEER

(RSA, LONDON)

“The story of Victorian black female footballer, Emma Clarke, only came to light in 2017. Why are black female narratives routinely missing from mainstream history? And in unearthing Emma’s story now, what can we learn about black excellence in 21st century Britain? To celebrate Black History Month 2018, we gather a stellar panel of black cultural commentators in broadcaster and author Emma Dabiri, Grenfell campaigner and Tottenham Hotspur Ladies footballer Eartha Pond, and Gal-Dem deputy editor Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff. Actor Tanya Loretta Dee brings Emma Clarke’s story to life with a live performance from Hollie McNish and Sabrina Mahfouz’s hit play ‘Offside’. Emma’s status as a professional footballer, in one of Britain’s earliest women’s football matches in 1895 attended by thousands of paying spectators, is hugely significant. That she travelled the country, accompanied by widespread media coverage, demonstrates the profile she would have enjoyed in the 1890s. But while her male contemporaries are championed as global icons with statues, TV dramas and fame, Emma’s life slipped into obscurity. This unique event, co-curated by leadership consultant and activist Michelle Moore and sports writer and campaigner Anna Kessel MBE, is funded by the Fare Network and is part of the #FootballPeople action weeks – a global campaign to tackle discrimination and celebrate diversity in football. This event is supported by The Runnymede TrustWomen in Football and the Blue Plaque Rebellion.”

Emma Clarke, a brief biography

“Emma Clarke was born in Liverpool in 1876. A confectioner’s apprentice, she likely grew up playing football on the streets of Bootle. Aged just 19, Emma made her professional debut for the British Ladies team in 1895, in London’s Crouch End, in front of a crowd of 11,000 in a match covered by the mainstream media. Emma also had two sisters, and it is believed that they joined her on Mrs Graham’s XI tour of Scotland the following year. In the 1890’s interest in women playing football was high and thousands of spectators attended matches, prompting widespread press coverage. Sadly, there are no known interviews with Emma, but the coming to light of her existence – through the work of historian Stuart Gibbs – is a big moment for the game.”

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30 October 2018

Frederick Douglass Family

IF I SURVIVE: FREDERICK DOUGLASS AND HIS FAMILY

(BRITISH LIBRARY, LONDON)

“The public career of abolitionist Frederick Douglass is legendary, but his family life, and the activism of his children, is much less well known. While the many public lives of Frederick Douglass – as the representative ‘fugitive slave’, autobiographer, orator, abolitionist, reformer, philosopher and statesman – are the stuff of legend worldwide, this talk sheds light on the lesser known private selves of Douglass, the family man. Including never-before-seen photographs and sharing untold stories, scholars Marie-Celeste Bernier and Andrew Taylor trace the activism, artistry and authorship of Frederick Douglass not in isolation but alongside the sufferings and struggles for survival of his daughters and sons: Rosetta, Lewis Henry, Frederick Jr., Charles Remond and Annie Douglass. As activists, educators, campaigners, civil rights protesters, newspaper editors, orators, essayists, and historians in their own right, Douglass’s children played a vital role in the freedom struggles of their father. They were no less afraid to sacrifice everything they had as they each fought for Black civic, cultural, political, and social liberties by every means necessary. Their activism was a family business to which all the Douglasses dedicated their lives as their rallying cry lives on to inspire today’s activism: “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!”

Marie-Celeste Bernier is Professor of Black Studies at the University of Edinburgh and Co-Editor-in-Chief Journal of American Studies. Andrew Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. To mark the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass birth, together they have published If I Survive: Frederick Douglass and Family in the Walter O Evans Collection.

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1st November 2018

Fanon Film

FANON, YESTERDAY, TODAY – A UK PREMIERE WITH DIRECTOR Q&A

(RICH MIX, LONDON)

“Examine the legacy of Martinican-born thinker and revolutionary Frantz Fanon, on the 64th Anniversary of the Algerian revolution. To mark the 64th Anniversary of the Algerian Revolution, Culturama bring you Fanon, Hier, Aujourd’hui by Hassane Mezine. A documentary examining the legacy of Martinican-born thinker and revolutionary Frantz Fanon. Hassane Mezine‘s documentary gives a privileged and rare insight into the life of Fanon through the stories and accounts of the people who were closest to him in his life and until his death. Expect an evening of great vibes, and the warm sounds of Oud virtuoso Yaz Fentazi to get you in the mood for the documentary, plus a post-screening Q&A with Mezine.” Culturama is a non-profit cultural organisation working on promoting African and Arab culture in all its senses with a focus on Algeria.”

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3 November 2018

BASA

BLACK & ASIAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION: A 27 YEAR REVIEW

(HARRIS WESTMINSTER ACADEMY, LONDON)

“This half day conference will feature two of the founding members of the pioneering B.A.S.A. (Black and Asian Studies Association) Professor Hakim Adi and Marika Sherwood. They will speak about the achievements of B.A.S.A. over almost three decades and what they see as the future of history. We will also hear from doctoral student Hannah Ismael who will give a 21st century view of B.A.S.A. and its relevance to present day historical activism. Topics covered will include:

Issues B.A.S.A. raised and success stories in school curriculum, publishing, museums, stamps, monuments, plaques; Learning points for future activists; Progress and regression in provision of Black history; Archiving and digitisation; the new problems that are old; B.A.S.A. alumni ‘well known’ initiatives/historians that started with B.A.S.A; The state of Black history research and provision today compared to 1991.

The Black and Asian Studies Association was formed in 1991. The aim of the Association is to foster research and to disseminate information on the history of Black peoples in Britain. They take up issues with government departments and quangoes, such as English Heritage regarding Blue Plaques and much else. B.A.S.A. also challenged the Qualifications and Curriculum Association on school curricula, and MLA regarding archives, libraries and museums. They have worked on specific projects with other organisations. e.g. the Runnymede Trust and in the past with CASBAH, and the National Archives’ website on the history of Black peoples in Britain since the mid 16th century.

Full agenda with timetable to be published, basic agenda below: Hannah Ishmael on BASA’s incredible achievements: books, journals, alumni, campaigns, school, archives, networks etc.; Professor Hakim Adi on BASA, past successes and how they did it; Marika Sherwood on BASA, future history and success, what needs to be done and how; Testmonials from BASA alumni; Q and A with Marika Sherwood, Hakim Adi and Hannah Ishmael; Networking and booksales including classic copies of the B.A.S.A newsletter.”

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