Black History Events and News at 1 November

Thursday 12 November. 7.30pm. Masters of the Airwaves 

Without pirate radio, British pop music would not contain successful exports such as Sade, Mica Paris, Soul II Soul, Floetry, Dizzee Rascal, Estelle and Emeli Sandé. Chart the history of black music in London during the 80s with authors of Masters of the Airwaves: The Rise and Rise of Underground Radio, Dave VJ and Lindsay Wesker. Bishopsgate Institute, near Liverpool St Station. Read blog:

The Tip of the Iceberg: A look at British black music radio

Monday 16 November. 6.30-8.30pm. Africans In Classical Music: From Samuel Coleridge-Taylor To Okiem

@ Harrow Mencap. Free. Led by Kwaku.

Monday 30 November. 6.30-8.30pm. History Of African Media In Britain

@ Harrow Mencap. Free. With history consultant Kwaku and media consultant Neil Kenlock.

Monday 7 December. 6.30-8.30pm. The Publisher’s Take On Walter Rodney’s ‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa’

@ Harrow Mencap. Free. Led by Elder Eric Huntley

Monday 14 December. 6.30-8.30pm.  History Of Black History Month In Britain & Harrow

@ Harrow Mencap. Free. Led by Kwaku.

Monday 21 December. 6.30-8.30pm. Youths’ Take On British History 50:70
@ Harrow Mencap. Free. Led by Harrow BHM Group youth volunteers Antonio & Marcel Phillip.

Booker Washington and James Alves at the Royal Normal College for the Blind

Details of the visit by  Booker Washington to the Royal Normal Blind School in Upper Norwood in 1899 and the attendance there of James Augustus Alves (from  Berbice, British Guiana (Guyana) around 1903 has been posted by Jeff Green on his website at

This follows my mentioning Alves to him at the BBH3 Conference on Thursday 29 October having come across material about him in Croydon Local Studies while preparing my talk on Coleridge-Taylor and the Croydon Music Scene on 28 October in the South Norwood Arts Festival.

The ‘forgotten’ army of 400,000 Muslim soldiers who fought in Great War trenches for Britain

About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. 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, radical and suffrage movements, 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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