History events & news at 24 July

Sunday 28 July. 2.30pm. Newcastle’s fight for democracy history walk

This walk will be led by five volunteer guides on and will set off from the Kingsgate, at the arches to Newcastle University Quad.


Satuday 3 August. 10am-21.5pm. A Bridge Too Far? John Thelwall, Devil’s Advocate

Walk led by Professor Judith Thompson of John Thelwall Society. It will re-trace Thelwall’s ill-fated exursion to and from Devil’s Bridge in Kirby Lonsdale, with stops for reading talking and performance.  Lunch at Sun Inn. Followed by:

Saturday 3 August. 4-5pm. Why should we read John Thelwall?

Jerwood Centre, Grasmere

Dramatic presentation and launch of Thelwall’s Poems Cheifly Suggested by the Scenery of Nature (1805).

Both events organised by the Wordsworth Trust: www.wordsworth.orh.uk

Friday 16 August. 6.30-8.30pm. Black British History: New Perspectives from Roman Times to the Present Day

Hakim's new book

Professor Hakim Adi, chairs the evening with contributors to this new book about the presence and lives of Black people in Britain which includes new research bringing to light unknown stories and perspectives. Panel members: Esther Standford-Xosei, Adisa Stevens, Kevin Searle, Molly Corlett, Carol Pierre, John Siblin, and Kennetta Perry..

Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, London, SW2 1EF

Standard Ticket £5, Concessions £3


First 100 days of new BCA Director


Paul Robeson

  • The Peekskill Riots


  • Comic Book published


  • The Partisans Song

“Zog Nit Keynmol” (“Never say that we have reached the end of the road”) was a poem written by 22-year-old Partisan Hirsch Glik in the Vilna ghetto in 1943, and set to music by Soviet composer Dmitry Pokrass. It became known as “The Partisans’ Song”, the anthem of Jewish partisans resisting German forces in WW2. Glik was killed in Estonia in 1944. Paul Robeson, the African-American singer, defiantly sang the song in a broadcast across the USSR in 1949 to show his solidarity with the oppressed Jewish intellectuals of the Soviet Union.


Why some Americans were drawn to the Communist Party in the 1940s


Neil Armstrong’s Lunar Music Choice


Haille Quinn Brown

The American civil rights and suffrage campaigner toured Britain in 1896 and 1897. Details about her can beread at:


My Thoughts about the Windrush



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 http://thecroydoncitizen.com. 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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