Black History Events & News at 15 July

Saturday 23 July. 11am-2pm. The Blackamoores Tour of London

Tour through central London with Narrative Eye to explore the key locations of Black heritage in the capital.

To book visit

Thursday 28 July. 2-4.45pm. The Life of Phillis Wheatley

Talk by Emma Harrison, Black Cultural Archives Assistant Archivist Wheatley was the first published African-American woman, receiving critical acclaim for her published volume of poetry. Brought to Boston, MA, in 1761 by the slave ship ‘The Phillis’, she visited in England in 1772, where her poetry was also published. Plus more.

New Art Exchange, 39 – 41 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 6BE.

Free, booking is essential at

Wednesday 17 August. 1-2pm. The Life of George Scipio Africanus

Talk by Black Cultural Archives Collections Manager Victoria Northridge. Originating in West Africa before he was enslaved, George Scipio Africanus lived as part of the well-known Molineaux household in Wolverhampton. He later became a freed man and went on to become a successful entrepreneur in Nottingham.

Black Local History and Cultural Archives Project, 24 Cosgrove Walk, Pendeford, Wolverhampton, WV8 1YD.

Free, booking is essential at

Wednesday, 17 August. 6-8pm. Unveiling of Marcus Garvey Bust

Brent Museum – Willesden Green Library 95 High Road, London, NW10 2SF

For more details and to book go to

Tuesday, 23 August. 6.15-8.15pm. August 23 and the Significance of August Within Global African History

Organised by BTWSC at 128 Theobalds Rd, Holborn, London, WC1X 8TN.

For more details and to book go to

Wednesday, 31 August, 6.30-8.30pm. African History Reflection Day: A Xtra History & Reasoning Session

Harrow Mencap – 1st floor (ring middle buzzer), 3 Jardine House, Harrovian Business Village Bessborough Road, Harrow On The Hill, HA1 3EX.

For more details and to book go to

Tuesdays 6 September – 4 October. 7–9pm. Black Seafarers and Revolutionary Politics

This history course led by S. I. Martin will reassess the forgotten traditions and communities of Black mariners. This course will give you an opportunity to critically examine the relationship between service at sea and social mobility, and the connections between seafaring experiences and the African diaspora’s contribution to abolition, radicalism, and political leadership.

Black Cultural Archives, Windrush Square, Brixton.

For more details and to book go to

Wednesdays 5 October – 2 November. 6pm. The African Fight – The Hidden History of WWI and the Battle of Somme

Course organised by Narrative Eye investigating the presence and contributions of Black soldiers during the Battle of Somme – a battle of World War One. 

Black Cultural Archives, Windrush Square, Brixton.

For more details and to book go to

Monday 28 November. 8pm. Slavery, Commerce and the Hibbert Family.

Dr Katie Donington, Research Associate on the Antislavery Usable Past project at the University of Nottingham, will explore the Hibbert family and their links to slavery and Clapham. George Hibbert MP was a leading parliamentary proslavery advocate, a Chairman of the Society of West India Merchants, Agent for Jamaica and an extensive plantation and slave-owner. He lived in a large house with a renowned garden on Clapham Common North Side. This talk will argue that the profits from slavery were domesticated and remade as the signifiers of civilisation, taste and status.

Clapham Society, Omnibus, 1 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0QW. Bar opens at 7pm.

Mary Seacole Statue Unveiled

The long awaited Mary Seacole statue was unveiled at St. Thomas’s Hospital on 30 June.

Veteran Windrusher Sam King Dies Aged 90

Sam King, one of the Jamaicans who came to Britain in 1948 on the Windrush has died aged 90 on Friday 17 June just a few days before the 68th anniversary of the arrival of the boat on 22 June 1948  at Tilbury. Details of his life can be seen in obituaries that have started to be put up on the internet.

An interview with Sam King can be seen on the Windrush Foundation website

Muhammad Ali in London

The July/August edition of the Britain at Work London newsletter features Muhammad Ali’s visit to North Kensington in 1966 and his involvement in social politics, and Ali’s training in White City for the fight with Henry Cooper.

It is not yet on the website, so do visit it to see previous newsletters at 

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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