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16 Years of Education Through Film
Due to increased racism, this issue is longer than usual
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Above: A few people turned up for our lecture 'How Jamaicans ended slavery' in 2015. This kind of audience is being marginalised due to institutional racism in the private and museum sector. See article below

In this  issue:

St Paul's/Bank, Trafalgar Square, Clapham Common, Elephant & Castle I am not your Negro(James Baldwin film) plus Q&A Sat 1st April 
James Baldwin 5 week course at Black Cultural Archives
Treasure Beach Grill Jerk Chicken sponsors Movie Breakdowns
Dr Strange Movie Breakdown Friday 28th April 6pm
Exodus Gods & Kings movie breakdown Sunday 7th May 3pm  
Black History Venues Under Threat (article)
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St Paul's/Bank Walk  
(As seen on BBC/Channel 4/Teachers TV)
   Saturday March 18th 12pm
Book  via info@blackhistorywalks.co.uk 

'Absolutely brilliant lecture and walk yesterday. Students were really energized.  Thanks so much.'
Bill Mullen, Professor of English and American Studies, Purdue University, USA
 
 'A brisk, informative stroll through the heart of the British Empire.  Our cheerful and intellectually generous tour guide, led us through narrow alleyways and past Roman ruins, within halls constructed by powerful guilds; in the process, he revealed to us both the many layers of British history and the often unacknowledged cultural multiplicity at its core. The tour was exciting, informative and allowed everyone across age, interest, and temperament to participate and learn.  It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it for all.' 
Professor Caroline Brown, University of Montreal, Canada.

Clapham Common  Walk  
   Sunday March 19th 1pm
Book via info@blackhistorywalks.co.uk 

 This walk features:  
  • The African Academy: an all black school in the 1800s
  • Black Freedom fighters and the Sierra Leone connection
  • African aristocracy in 1800s London
  • Jamaican Maroons and African-Canadians
  • How enslaved Africans helped poor English people
  • Barclays, Hibbert and other estates built with West Indian money
  • The Clapham Sect and white abolitionists
  • Stained glass propaganda and the famous Windrush air raid shelter
  • Inter-generational wealth

Trafalgar Square Walk  
   Sunday March 26th 12pm
Book via info@blackhistorywalks.co.uk 

 This walk features:
  • African Kings and Queen Victoria 
  • African Resistance leaders of the 1860s
  • Mandela,Apartheid, Tesco's and Kit Kat
  • Australia, Canada, Britain and the planned mis-education of indigenous people
  • The Will Smith of 1800s Europe
  • The African Princess 
  • Black self-empowerment and corruption of the airwaves
  • Media propaganda of the 1800s and much much more !

Elephant & Castle Walk  
   Saturday March 25th 3pm
Book via info@blackhistorywalks.co.uk 

 We cover:  
  • How Sam King the Jamaican RAF veteran fought the Far Right 
  • The Windrush generation and the fight for a place to sleep
  • Immigration, regeneration and gentrification
  • The Fisk Jubilee Singers
  • African-Americans, academia and Queen Victoria
  • How organised Black British struggle changed the law
  • No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish
  • Mass media and Jewish refugees, Hitler and England

 Sisters in Science Fiction Writers: Friday 17th March 6.30pm. More info HERE SOLD OUT !
Black British Civil Rights Heroines 31st March 6.30pm.  More info HERE SOLD OUT! 
The Black Image  Friday 14th April 6.30pm.  More info
HERE SOLD OUT!

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I am Not your Negro (James Baldwin/Samuel L Jackson) Q&A
Saturday  1st April 6pm
Part of African Odysseys at the BFI Southbank

Tickets on sale HERE but please be aware that ALL of our films this year ( Hidden Figures/Maya Angelou/Blacks Britannica and Black Safari ) have ALL sold out in advance so don't delay

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In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his new (and what would be his last) book Remember This House, which recounted the lives and successive assassinations of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Baldwin was not able to complete the book before his death and the unfinished manuscript was entrusted to director Raoul Peck. This penetrating and acclaimed documentary uses Baldwin’s enduring words to consider the triumphs and tragedies of the Civil Rights Movement in light of race politics in the US today. 
Treasure Beach Grill 
8 Charleville Road, West Kensington, W14. Ph: 0203 538 9142
Sponsors the Black History Movie Breakdowns


Treasure Beach Grill is a slice of the Caribbean, with an ambience which will take you to a beach hut in the 'West Indies'. They serve authentic chargrilled Jerk Chicken dishes, from hot and spicy, mild or barbecue jerk. No beach hut eatery would be complete without a menu of traditional curried mutton, rice and peas and fresh fish.  They pride themselves on the fact that all their dishes are made from scratch with fresh raw ingredients. The first Black  history movie breakdown at this venue will be Exodus Gods and Kings (Part 2) on Sunday 7th May 3pm. More info HERE
www.treasurebeachgrill.co.uk 
                       Black History venues under threat

Several venues that hosted events on Black history and empowerment have disappeared in the last 5 years. This makes it much harder to programme and organise such sessions. Here is a short list of many lost spaces:

Cottons Caribbean Restaurant located in Exmouth Market near Angel tube and run by Andrew McIntosh. This 60 seater hosted movie breakdowns, lectures and dinners for several years. However, in 2014 the business was closed due to gentrification and increasing rents.
Centerprise located in 136 Kingsland Road, Hackney. This venue had a bookshop and café on one floor as well as a multi-purpose basement that could hold about 80 people. Run by Emmanuel Amevor, the venue hosted spoken word, movies and talks.  Such events took place until the local authority decided to take over the building and evict the tenants in 2012.
Open the Gate was not far from Centreprise at 35 Stoke Newington Road. It was a café/restaurant upstairs with a multi-purpose basement for African cultural activities. It also closed due to gentrification and is now a trendy bar/club.
The New Beacon Bookshop  0207 272 4889 Pan-Africanist and Civil Rights bookshop is located at 76 Stroud Green Road. This venue was a centre for Black British Civil Rights,lectures,meetings etc and has been operating for 30 years. Click HERE for full history. It  is now at risk of closure but has experienced a surge in patronage once the fact became public.

Some venues don’t exist or are in danger of closing but other venues point blank refuse to rent to organisations that promote African history/business. Even when one has an established track record of running events, certain venues refuse to host black history sessions.
An example of such an attitude is how Black History Studies run by Mark and Charmaine Simpson was appallingly treated by the lettings service at Plantano’s College, in 2016.

BHS is a group which arranges numerous African history events. BHS had its entire Black Market and Film Festival set for April 9 - which attracts several hundred people - cancelled by the venue the day before the event. No explanation was given. BHS had run their festival at that venue for the previous 3 years without incident. This meant that:
  • The event could not go ahead at all as it was too late to secure another venue
  • Hundreds of people were disappointed
  • Thousands of pounds in revenue was lost
  • Scores of traders lost business, trading and networking opportunities
  • 4 films that had been booked and paid for could not be shown and people could not enjoy or learn from them
  • Hundreds of people turned up only to be turned away as the cancellation was so sudden
A  similar incident took place in late 2016 with the Afrikan Cultural Market based in Cossal Hall in Peckham. Auntie Jean is an energetic community activist who organises the monthly African/Caribbean market with spoken word and history contributions. It has been running for the last two years. When a new TRA (Tenants and Residents Association Committee) was elected, she was told to her face that 'they didn't like the market and it should go elsewhere'. She was then told that all of the hall users' contracts had to be reviewed but after she attended the relevant meeting discovered that only her contract for the market was to be reviewed. There was no negotiation. The contract was simply imposed. Locks were changed and she was told sign the contract or not use the hall. The new contract included terms that would kill the market such as no payment on the door and reduced set up and clean up time.The price was hiked from £80 a day to £40 an hour. Spurious complaints and allegations were  made such as that the next door old people's centre had complained about noise from the market. When the elders' centre was approached, they declared they did not even know the market existed.

For those who are experienced in organising events for the African/Caribbean community this disgraceful behaviour is not unusual. There are many who believe that making money trumps racism. That is not true. Organisations that are racist will find ways to reject and block bookings from Black themed events even if they can profit financially. This happened to Menelik Shabbaz's excellent film The Story of Lovers Rock, which was selling out 400 seat cinemas on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in 2011. When certain cinemas were asked to have more screenings of the film that was making them money, they said no. Read the full story here The Sabotage of Lovers Rock. How positive Black films get blocked and messed around

The Ubele initiative is a project headed up by  activist Yvonne Field. The initiative has surveyed and listed several community spaces that have disappeared and have come up with an action plan to combat the loss. You can read the report  HERE and get involved HERE
What you can do to help is this :
  1. Don't take any of the events listed above for granted, if you fail to attend, promote and support them, they will not happen
  2. Buy books
  3. Invest in your community with finance and action
  4. Pass on this information to everyone you know
  5. Say thank you to those activists who are bothered to provide such events
  6. Act don't talk
  7. Look out for part two of this article when we detail how museums are excluding the Black community
Check out 10 things you can do to support Black FilmHERE 
If you’d like to donate or sponsor an event/venue email info@blackhistorywalks.co.uk

Get Out (click image above to see trailer)  like Hidden Figures has taken over 100 million dollars at the box office. Get  Out is in cinemas from Friday 17th April. It must be seen!

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