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Black History Walks Newsletter 17.1.2019
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Above: Thursday 31 January 2019 is the the launch of new African Superhero Spirit of the Pharoah animation, live action and graphic novel franchise from media mogul Terry Jervis !! Details to folllow.
James Baldwin London 1968 film + Horace Ove double bill plus Q&A. 19 January 2019

Baldwins Negro: In light of the new film of James Baldwin’s novel 'If Beale Street Could Talk', we repeat Baldwins 1968 lecture at the West Indian students centre in Earls Court, London. Accompanied by the comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, Baldwin discusses, among other things, what it means to be black in America, comparing it to the experience of the British black community.

Black Safari: For years there have been white expeditions to deepest Africa. In this parody of such explorers and documentary films, an African expedition travels along the Liverpool to Leeds canal in search of Britain’s heart. The intrepid explorers examine the quaint customs of the natives, delve into their folklore and record for posterity an exotic but fast-vanishing culture. Tickets HERE
A bove: Forgotten Black TV drama. Tickets We are pleased to announce a new season of Forgotten TV Drama at BFI Southbank in February 2019. Curated by Stephen Bourne and Lez Cooke ‘Forgotten Black TV Drama’ presents a selection of ground-breaking black British television dramas from 1961-1985, many of them not seen since they were first broadcast.
The season showcases the work of some of the most outstanding African and Caribbean writers of their generation, such as Jan Carew, Sylvia Wynter, Barry Reckord, Michael Abbensetts, Jamal Ali, Buchi Emecheta, Caryl Phillips, Mustapha Matura and Trix Worrell, and features pioneering black British actors including Lloyd Reckord, Horace James, Don Warrington, Cleo Sylvestre, Thomas Baptiste, Norman Beaton, Carmen Munroe, Rudolph Walker and Mona Hammond. There is also the first screening since 1961 of a play written for the legendary American entertainer Sammy Davis Jr in a rare dramatic role . Ticket s HERE
Mon, Feb 25, 2019 6:30 PM GMT
The Amazing James Baldwin, 6 week course
Harris Westminster, London
Above: African Women Resistance leaders: Political and Spiritual 12 week course starts 25 February Details HERE
Sun, Feb 24, 2019 1:00 PM GMT
Clapham Common Walk (February 2019)
Meet point on request, London
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A three-hour, six mile cruise along the Thames from Vauxhall to the Thames Barrier and back highlighting thousands of years of hidden African/Caribbean history on display.

Your private double-decker boat cruise includes unobstructed and spectacular views of both sides of the Thames. With three guides plus special historical guests Phyliss Wheatley, Mary Prince and Olaudah Equiano, not only will you get a unique informed historical commentary, but you can ask questions of three giants of African-American, Caribbean and Nigerian literature.

The cruise will cover African Romans, ancient African art/engineering, Black Spitfire pilots, lost sugar warehouses, the Ivory trade, African diamonds, African Odysseys on the Southbank, the Apartheid Millenium Wheel, Nigerian oil, 20,000 Black people and their Day of Action, Civil Rights in the UK, Mary Seacole, To Sir With Love, Brown babies and Jim Crow, The Palace of Stolen Goods, West India Docks, Canary Wharf's African roots, Kings College's Caribbean connection, Guys Hospital and who really paid for it, the colour bar in nursing, Black Merchant Mariners, the river as a sewer, Black Shakespeare, Tate & Lyle and the Sugar Girls, Barbados and the National Rail Network, the REAL pirates of the Caribbean and much, much more!

On the way back we will be listening to some Lovers Rock and 90s Soul music. Proceeds from this event will go to the Black History Walks fundraiser for plaques in honour of four Black historical heroes:

  • Dr Harold Moody (1930s Black British Civil Rights leader)
  • Bill Richmond (1800s American/British champion boxer and community leader)
  • Tom Molyneaux (1800s American champion boxer who should have been British champion but for cheating)
  • Baron Baker (1950s Jamaican and Windrush street-fighter who defended the community out of Toto Bags Blues Club in Notting Hill)

This event is sponsored by Owens Stevens Solicitors

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Join us on our three-hour drive showing London's top tourist attractions from an African/Caribbean perspective.

The private bus journey will start with a special reception at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, where we sample some of their historical products. We then leave for our circular tour of London's typical attractions (Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, Houses of Parliament etc.) but with all the hidden Black connections explained.

The tour will include photo stops and site visits. We will cover : Black Roman Generals, Jimi Hendrix, the colour bar in Brixton/West End, black-owned nightclubs, Black Tudors, Female Resistance leaders, Amy Ashwood Garvey, Claudia Jones, Fisk Jubilee Singers, Dame Jocelyn Barrow, Olive Morris, Mavis Best, British Black Panthers in Grosvenor Square, 20,0000 Black People and their day of action, Darcus Howe, Windrush arrival points, Frederick Douglas, Breadfruits, The Black mayors who beat the National Front, 50 years of The West Indian Standing Conference, Champion boxers of the 1800s, Nelson Mandela, the Caribbean history of Canada House, Trafalgar Square and the Anti-Apartheid movement, the Bank of England's secret West Indian wealth, the Ghana connection and much, much more!

Proceeds from this event will go towards the BHW fundraiser for plaques in honour of four Black historical heroes as mentioned above. All plaques will be erected in collaboration with Nubian Jak

This event is sponsored by Eye London Glasses in Hackney  Eye 

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