Black History events and news at 29 May

Monday 1 June. 6.30-8.30pm. What Is British Black Music? A 2 Millennia History

Free at Harrow Mencap, 1st floor (ring middle buzzer), 3 Jardine House, Harrovian Business Village, Bessborough Road, London, HA1 3EX. To register go to Harrow On The Hill. To register go to

Thursday 4 June. 6-8pm. British Music Industry Gains From Black Music: What Have Africans Gained? Debate

Queen Mary University Of London, Mile End. Book here:

Thursday 4 June. 6.30pm. The Fortunes of Francis Barber

Building on themes raised in Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Michael Bundock examines the life of Francis Barber who came to England as a slave from Jamaica in 1750 and became a servant in the household of the renowned Dr Samuel Johnson. Making an unlikely friend in Samuel Johnson, caring for him during the writer’s later years, he eventually became the heir to Dr Johnson’s estate. This talk reveals the depth of their friendship and offers insights into the different/differing lives of Barber and Johnson. Michael Bundock is a director of Dr Johnson’s House Trust and former editor of The New Rambler, the annual journal of the Johnson Society of London. He is the author of numerous essays and articles on Samuel Johnson, Francis Barber, and 18th century history and literature. In partnership with Spitalfields Music. Bishopsgate Institute – see

Saturday 6 June. 3pm. Africans, love and marriage in the 18th/19th century Caribbean

Talk by Arthur Torrington (Equiano Society). The family life of Africans was seriously undermined by European enslavers on sugar plantations for more than two hundred years. The Presentation will discuss how African men and women lived in an environment that affected love, marriage and relationships with each other. Also, Arthur will explain how they survived after Emancipation. Karibu Education Centre, 7 Gresham Rd, SW9 7PH. Admission free. Enquiries: Text confirmation of attendance: 07737271437

Saturday 6 June 7.30pm-2am. jazzmo’thology AfroBeat West End Launch

See details at

Monday 15 June. Life During World War 2 & The Music Business Of The 1950s/60s

Music industry & history consultant Kwaku will provide a short audio-visual presentation of British black music of the 1950s/60s, followed by a Q&A session with Allan Charles Wilmot, a World War 2 veteran and former member of the Southlanders, who had a glittering career as a vocal group during the 1950s/60s. Mr Wilmot will also be available to sign copies of his new published ‘The Memoirs Of Allan Charles Wilmot: WWII Serviceman And Post-War Entertainer’ (Liberation Publishers).

Friday 24 July. 8pm. Sweet Chariot: Thomas Rutling and the Road to Freedom Concert

See posting dated 28 May.


Award proposed for Stephen Bourne’s Black Poppies

Stephen Bourne has nominated for the Southwark SAF Literature Award for his book Black Poppies – Britain’s Black Community & the Great War (The History Press. 2014). The awards ceremony takes place on 24 June. The book is described by Bernadine Evaristo in The Independent (11 September 2014) as “a powerful, revelatory counterbalance to the whitewashing of British history.”

William Cuffay News

See previous posting 29 May.

BBC Tribute to Caribbean War Heroes

BBC’s film on Caribbean wartime servicemen can be seen at

Marc Wadsworth has commented on social media: ‘feedback from BBC big wigs about the long overdue broadcast of the Caribbean war veterans film co-produced by The-Latest.Com. Phenomenal 87 per cent approval and appreciation rating. Encourage everyone you know to see it on BBC iPlayer because it’s not only great to watch but hits count towards viewing figures:’

Autograph ABP, Rivington Place

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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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