Black and Slavery History events and news at 27 August

Tuesday 8 September. 7pm. The Fifth Pan-African Congress Revisited.
Hakim Adi and Marika Sherwood, and film curator June Givanni discuss the legacy of the Congress. 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. Autograph ABP,

Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA

Free, tickets recommended but not essential Read more and book tickets. Part of exhibition The Fifth Pan-African Congress, at Rivington Place until 12 September.

Thursday 1 October. 6.30 – 8.30pm. Rock Against Racism exhibition opening reception and book launch.
Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, London.  Free. Read more >

Monday 5 October. 6.30pm. Slave Owners of Wandsworth

Dr Nick Draper of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project looks at local connections with Britain’s colonial slave-system and explores the complicated and entangled histories represented in unexpected places all around us. Battersea Library, Lavender Hill, SW11.

Wednesday 28 October. 7.30pm. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon’s Music Scene

Talk by Sean Creighton. Music to be performed by talented teenage violinist William Campbell.  Organised by South Norwood Arts Festival. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Centre, 194 Selhurst Rd, South Norwood SE25 6XX.

Books you may have missed

  • Freedom’s Debt: The Royal African Company and the Politics of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1672-1752. William Pettigrew. University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 9781469611815.
  • Studies in Skin Colour in the Early Royal Society: Boyle Cavendish, Swift. Christina Malcolmson, Ashgate. ISBN 9780754637783

Unsung Heroines of the Anti-slavery Movement Remembered

Historic England has launched three podcasts on the pioneering women behind the anti-slavery movement: the Quaker Elizabeth Heyrick, the first campaigner to call for an immediate end to slavery (years ahead of better known male campaigners), the escaped slave Mary Prince who delivered a petition to parliament, and to Sarah Parker Remond, a free black American woman who toured the country encouraging support for an end to slavery in the USA.

Sites of Memory: Black British History in the 18th and 19th Centuries

This is an important section of the Heritage England website:

It includes links to interviews at the Slavery and the English Country House Conference  (2009) with:
Chris Power – co-author of ‘Black Settlers in Britain 1555-1958’

Clifford Pereira – Chair of Black and Asian Studies Association

Dr Caroline Bressy – Geographer, University College London

Professor James Walvin – University of York

Julia Bush – Northamptonshire Black History Association

Shawn Sobers – Firstborn Creatives/University of the West of England

Vivek Malhotra – Project Director, Black Cultural Archives

North West Labour History No. 39. 2015

Articles inc 1919 Race Riots In Liverpool. Chloe Emmott

£11 inc postage within UK. Further details at:

Downloadable papers 

Onur Ulas Ince. John Locke and Colonial Capitalism: Money, Possession, and Dispossession

Mark Hauser. The Infrastructure of Nature’s Island: Settlements, Networks and Economy of Two Plantations in Colonial Dominica

Michael McMillan. The West Indian Front Room: Reflections on a Diasporic Phenomenon

Jo Stanley. Connecting oceans and their ports: conference report

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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