Black History events from 27 June

Saturday 27 June. 2-5pm

Equiano and Black Abolitionists 

Olaudah Equiano, Ottobah Cuguano and Ignatius Sancho were British based African campaigners against the slave trade and slavery in the late 18thC.  This afternoon of talks explores their lives and work.

Brycchan Carey: Olaudah Equiano and the Black Abolitionists: An Overview

Arthur Torrington: The Life and Times of Ignatius Sancho

Martin Hoyles. Cugoano Against Slavery

Arthur Torrington. Olaudah Equiano, Haiti and Emancipation

Sean Creighton. Black Soldiers and Sailors in the Wars with France

Tickets: £4/£1 (conc). Matthews Yard, Off Surrey Street, Croydon.

Sunday 28 June. 8.30pm. Film Double Bill: Blood Ah Go Run + Burning An Illusion 

A double-bill of films from Menelik Shabazz looks at Black Britain in the early 1980s. Burning an Illusion (1981) is an exploration of love and transformation, through a narrative sensitively told and framed around the emotional and political awakenings of a young Black couple living through the Thatcher era of 1980s London. Blood Ah Go Run (1982) captures defining cultural events which took place in London in 1981, including the New Cross fire, the subsequent ‘Black People’s Day of Action’ march, and the Brixton uprising.
Ritzy Cinema and Black Cultural Archives, Windrush Square, Brixton.

Book online via Ritzy Picturehouse 

Saturday 28 June.


Saturday  4 July. 3.30-5.30pm. Caribbean Neurologist Dr. James S. Risien Russell

Russell 4 July

Windrush Foundation.  
Friday 10 July  – Sunday 24 January 2016. About No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990

Exhibition based on Jessica and Eric Huntley’s radical ambitions and commitment to social justice and the leading artists and activists they cohered and inspired. It combines contemporary fine art and archival artefacts and objects, featuring the works of seminal Black British artists and historically significant Black activists. It features the works of Black British artists including Eddie Chambers, Errol LLoyd, Denzil Forrester, Sonia Boyce, Keith Piper and Sokari Douglas Camp. Guildhall Art Gallery.
Partnership between Friends of the Huntley Archives at London Metropolitan Archives, and Guildhall Art Gallery.

Monday 13 July. 6.30pm. Framing Black Visual Arts

Eddie Chambers and Errol Lloyd in conversation with Tate curator, Sonia Dyer. Chambers is author of Black Artists in British Art: A history since the 1950s.

Guildhall Art Gallery. BOOK TICKETS: Eventbrite – There are Limited Spaces so an early booking is recommended.

Thursday 16 July. 6.30-8.30pm. The Fifth Pan-African Congress Exhibition opening reception

This is the first exhibition showing John Deakin’s photographs of the Fifth Pan-African Congress as a body of work. The Fifth Pan-African Congress took place in Manchester in October 1945, five months after the end of the Second World War. The Congress demanded that European powers liberate hundreds of millions of Africans living under colonial rule, and passed radical measures condemning imperialism, racial discrimination and capitalism. The fifth was the most influential of the seven Pan-African Congresses. It brought together key activists who would go on to shape liberation struggles, including Jomo Kenyatta, the first leader of Kenya after independence, and Kwame Nkrumah, who later led anti-colonial resistance in Ghana. Leading American civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois travelled from the USA to attend. Although the British press scarcely covered the meeting, extraordinarily Picture Post sent celebrated Soho photographer John Deakin (1912-1972) to document the event, his only assignment for the magazine in his entire career. This exhibition is the first time these rarely seen photographs have been shown together as a body of work. Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA. 020 7729 9200.

Thursday 16 July – Saturday 12 September. The Fifth Pan-African Congress Exhibition.

A Pan-African Film Lounge will accompany the exhibition, screening a programme of films exploring Pan-African history and ideals.
Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA. 020 7729 9200.

Clementa Pinckney, a Martyr of Reconciliation

Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University writes about the murder of Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston.

Director David Blight writes in The Atlantic about Rev. Clementa Pinckney: “What he died for is almost impossible to capture or clarify right now. But one cause he definitely died for in witheringly painful irony, was the reconciliation of the Civil War in the city where it began.”

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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