Younger People react favourably to Black Poppies

Oxford Mail

(c) Oxford Mail. 4 November 2014

Stephen Bourne, author of Black Poppies, is finding a lot of favourable reaction from younger people.

Here’s what two sisters of Black African heritage said in their feedback.

Z (age 19-25) attended a talk by Stephen in Deptford “to learn more about African-Caribbean participation in the World Wars.”

Her sister S (a primary school teacher) was there  because “My sister suggested as she knows I am interested in so called ‘Black Interest’ events.”

Best bit? Z: “All of it. Not one moment when I lost interest. The talk was backed up with all types of information, but was more engaging with audience when anecdotal evidence was included.” S: “Every part! I have never attended a similar event and Stephen’s obvious passion for his area of historical expertise is contagious.”

What it all meant to me? Z: “ It was very interesting to come here. As a 19 year old I had an interest in history at school but was discouraged from choosing it as a GCSE subject as the curriculum only included Victorian/Medieval history, World War and vaguely African American history. I learnt things tonight I’d have never learnt at school.” S: “ A lot: As a Black woman, I’m too often left with the feeling that Black Brits and our contributions, are too often left out of history and the classroom.”

In Oxford

Meanwhile in Oxford on 4 November 13 young people from the Leys Community Development Initiative (CDI)  performed one-minute tributes to the forgotten citizens of the war. The performances took  the form of poems, raps and spoken word pieces.


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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One Response to Younger People react favourably to Black Poppies

  1. Pingback: Stephen Bourne wins prize for ‘Black Poppies’ | History & Social Action News and Events

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