Preparing for the African History @ Croydon event 22 November – 27 August, 6-8pm

This meeting is designed to inform and involve individuals and organisations in the organisation of the African History and Croydon event on 22 November. Organised by Kwaku of Black British Music and the Croydon BME Forum with support of the Croydon Radical History Network, which organised several events on African History and Croydon in the 2014 Croydon Heritage Festival – see

Venue: Croydon BME Forum, Palmcroy House, 387 London Road, Croydon CR0 3PB.

To attend, please contact Kwaku via

!KWaku's event

AfricanHistory+ @ Croydon – Marking African History Season 2014 & Marcus Garvey/UNIA @ 100

Saturday 22 November at Matthews Yard

Following on from last July’s Look… Community Talk event, co-organised with Croydon Radical History Network, this is a Look How Far We’ve Come Community Talk Xtra event, which adds extra films, presentations, and live music aimed at young people, adults and families! Matthews Yard

This event offers an opportunity to engage with societal and local issues, and also history through presentations, music and discussions.

12.30-2.00pm Britain’s Contribution To The Development Of Reggae Music . Film & Q&A
A vox pops documentary featuring musicians, DJs, producers, journalists and fans, sets the scene for discussion on Britain’s contribution to the development of reggae music.  

2.00-3.15pm Talking Heads: London & Black Music. Film & Q&A
Where in London hold fond memories of black music history for you? A chance to reminisce after screening of a vox pops documentary. Contributors include 1Xtra DJ Semtex, Island-Universal UK president Darcus Beese, Mercury promotions executive Rob Pascoe, saxophonist Yolanda Brown, Westbury Music publisher Paulette Long, DJ Errol D, Playvybz Radio owner Andrea, musician-promoter Spoonface, ring-tone pioneer Alexander Amosu, culturalist Ekow Eshun. Click here to see preview.

3.15-4.30pm 1974: That Carib Club Story. Film & Q&A
A documentary featuring Dennis Bovell and Count Nicks, owners of two of the three sound systems playing at the Carib Club, also known as Burton’s, when a fracas between the revellers and police shut down the night’s entertainment. The soundsystem operators talk about that night and the court case, heard at the Old Bailey. 

4.30-5.00pm British Black Music: Garveyite-inspired Songs . Records
BBM Soundsystem ploughs through a number of conscious records from the British black music canon that have Garveyite themes, but are by no means all roots reggae tracks. Sing-a-long is encouraged!!

5.00-6.30pm Do You Know Croydonites Samuel Coleridge-Taylor & Neil ‘Mad Professor’ Fraser + John Archer? Film, Presentations & Q&A
History consultant Kwaku leads on these mini biographies which highlight African British classical composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Croydon connections; reveal the work of record producer Neil ‘Mad Professor’ Fraser, who’s run a successful music business in Croydon for over 30 years; and focus on the life of John Archer as a race-man and pan-Africanist, whilst historian Sean Creighton focuses on the politics, and how he dealt with the outbreak of World War I as the 1913/1914 Battersea Mayor.

6.30-8.30pm Look How Far We’ve Come Community Talk (with panel of Croydon stakeholders t.b.c)
The Look… Community Talk event consists of the screening of the ‘Look How Far We’ve Come: Commentaries On British Society And Racism’ vox pops documentary with contributions by people with diverse backgrounds, ranging from academics, politicians, lawyers, nurses, to equality and community activists, including the likes of Prof Paul Gilroy, Prof Gus John, Lord Herman Ouseley, Lord Anthony Lester, Lord Taylor, David Lammy MP, Diane Abbott MP, Tony Benn, Ken Livingstone, Dawn Butler, Marc Wadsworth, Waveney Bushell, Eulett Roberts, Henry Bonsu, Lee Jasper,  Toyin Agbetu and Zita Holbourne opine on how far Britain has come in dealing with racism and race equality issues. Followed by a discussion on issues raised in the DVD, and other societal and local community issues. click here to watch Look… launch, and here  for Look… conference; or here for details or to purchase ‘Look How Far We’ve Come: The Race/Racism Primer’.

8.30-9.30pm Bob Marley Songs Of Love, Sufferation, Redemption & Emancipation. Live Music
The evening rounds off with Pauline Thomas & Band performing songs from the Bob Marley songbook which speak to themes dealt with by pan-African icon Marcus Garvey as a way of marking the centenary of the founding of Garvey’s UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association).

Event supported by Matthews Yard, Croydon BME Forum, History & Social Action Publications, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network, Croydon Radical History Network, BTWSC, African Histories Revisited and Music Congress.

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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