Black History Events and News at 15 April

To 27 April. The Empire Needs Men Exhibition. 

Croydon Supplementary Education Project, Sydenham Road, Croydon, CR0 2EF.

Friday, 17 April. 6.30-9pm. Sancho – An Act of Remembrance Film Screening & Q+A. October Gallery Trust, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London, WC1N 3AL.

Thursday 23 April, 7–11pm, Staying Power 1950-2000 Exhibition Discussion

Special late evening viewing of the Black Cultural Archives Staying Power 1950-2000 exhibition, with talk by Dr Michael McMillan interpreting photographs on display in the BCA exhibition. He will be joined live by photographers inc.  James Barnor and Charlie Phillips. Black Cultural Archives, Windrush Square, Brixton. Tickets £20, £15 concessions

Friday 24 April. 10.30am–5pm. Disseminating Identities: Black Art from 1960 to Now – Symposium

This symposium will focus on British and international artists and institutions, and will be a forum for questioning institutional practice and individual engagement in curating the Black Diaspora. It will explore the role of artists as agents and cultural producers. Speakers will include, Osei Bonsu, Tamar Garb, Paul Goodwin, Paul Hedge, Morgan Quintance, Gill Saunders and Zoe Whitley.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, V&A, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL. FREE & Ticketed – For more information and to book a place contact Matty Pye, Programme Manager for Conferences and Symposiums

Thursday 30 April. 2.30–4pm. The Wedding Album. With the Rev. Anita McKenzie, photographer, publisher and picture librarian. Further information:

Admission: FREE and ticketed. Tickets available on-line using the above link or call the Bookings Team on: 020 7942 2211

Thursday 14 May. 2.30–4.30. Margins to Mainstream – Black Theatre in Britain. Film screening with Olusola Oyeleye, writer, director and producer. Further information:

Admission: as 30 April.

Friday 22 (10.30am-5.30pm) & Saturday  23 May (11am-5pm). Staying Power: Narratives of Black British Experience From The 1950s – 1990s two-day Conference

Friday at The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre V&A Cromwell Road, South Kensington. Further information:

Saturday at Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton then Black Cultural Archives, Brixton

This conference raises awareness of the contribution of black Britons to British culture and society, as well as to the art of photography. Speakers will include, Barbie Asante, Jennie Baptiste, James Barnor, Pogus Cesar, Stella Dadzie, Paul Goodwin, Neil Kenlock, Renée Mussai Ingrid Pollard, Syd Shelton, Mark Sealy and The Islington Twins.

Admission for both days: £25, £20 concessions, £15 students – clink on above link for further booking information

Thursday 28 May.  7-9pm. The Africans of Georgian Britain: Active agents of Change. Historian Onyeka tells the untold story of Africans in Georgian Britain and the role they played in the development of society. National Portrait Gallery, the Ondaatje Wing Theatre. Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Thursday 18 June. 2.30–4pm. Boscoe Holder – A Life in Theatre and Art: London 1950 – 1970. Further information: With Christian Holder, son of the late artist. Admission: as 30 April.

Thursday 25 June. 2.30-4pm. Heroines of Opera. With Dr Shirley Thompson, composer, musician and Reader in Music at the University of Westminster. Accompanying the talk will be a special performance by the soprano Abigail Kelly who will perform a small selection of related material accompanied by Dr Shirley J Thompson on violin. Further information: Admission: as 30 April.

Examining The Legacy Of Bernie Grant

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's 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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