Black History Walks Newsletter 14.11.2018
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Queen of Sheba + Black Saints White Worshippers. 17.11.2018

A double illustrated presentation on the Black image in Western Art

How images of the Queen of Sheba and other black women have been removed or distorted by European art.

An illustrated review of how the representations of the Bible's black women, Moses's Ethiopian wife and the Queen of Sheba and Ovid's black Andromeda, the daughter of the King of Ethiopia, have been handled in canonical western art by Titian, Veronese and others, how their images have became white, demonised or disappeared over time.

Black Saints White Worshippers : St Maurice - how and why a Roman soldier from Africa became a white saint then became a revered black saint. In the early 1500s Europeans had no problem venerating the images of Black people. The evidence is in hundreds of artworks still in existence across Europe today

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Above: Adults and kids are welcome to our new venue in Wardour street in London's West End. Great family day out for exciting learning on ancient and modern Africa in our unique interactive style. Tickets HERE or click image above for details.
Buy cinema tickets for Hallelujah Anyhow + Q&A with...

This landmark film, set within a black UK church congregation, focuses on a female pastor who's reminded of her first love.

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Above: a 90's Black British romantic comedy with an all Black cast.. plus Q&A with black female lead Donna Croll ??!! Amazing and rare African diaspora films is what African Odysseys is all about. Now in its 11th year, this is the only such programme in the entire country.
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Above: Coming events next year include our 12 week course, African Women Resistance leaders: Political and Spiritual. Details on our website from December
Exclusive: Home Office now using military base for...

1 week ago Britain's Home Office used a Royal Air Force base five times last year to deport hundreds of people to west Africa, it has emerged. The military's involvement in the 'Hostile Environment' policy, initiated and championed by Theresa May ...

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Above: over 200 people turned out for our lecture 400 years of African Women Resistance leaders at SOAS. Sorry for those who were turned away. This event will be repeated next year make sure you are on our mailing list to get advance notice of all our events.
David Olusoga: 'Black soldiers were expendable - then...

Black and Asian troops fought beside white comrades - but after the armistice came the violent return of racial subjugation

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Above: Apologies to the 50 people who were turned away from our event 'Neil Kenlock A British Black Panther speaks: Civil Rights and Fashion. It will be repeated next year
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 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)

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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

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