Events Tonight Sunday 25 October
Chineke! orchestra founder Chi-chi Nwanoku on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
12.15pm. The Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Story
Croydon BME Forum shows Jason Young’s film.
I published Jason’s Mother Seacole short story in 2005.
9pm. Enslaved with Samuel Jackson
Final episode. BBC2. Then watch on BBC Catchup
9pm.ChiChi on Black Classics
Events from Tuesday 27 October
Tuesday 27 October.3.30-5pm. Launch of the Beniba Centre for Slavery Studies
Tuesday 27 October. 10.15pm. Hair Power: Me and My Afro
Wednesday 28 October. 1.30pm & 2.30pm. On Board with Robeson”
Tayo Aluko outdoors at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
Wednesday 28 October.9pm. Damiola: The Boy Next Door.
Thursday 29 October. 3.30-5pm. Since 1804: Haiti and the Movement of Caribbean Freedom
Prof Matthew J. Smith (UCL) delivers the annual James McCune Smith Memorial Lecture, hosted by the Beniba Centre for Slavery Studies.
Thursday 29 October. 6-7.30pm. The Music, Life and Legacy of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Friday 30 October. 4-6pm. Do Black Lives Matter in British History?
Talk by David Olusoga for Aston University
Friday 30 October.8.45pm. Sammy Davis Jr.
Monday 2 November – Coleridge-Taylor Film
Release by Royal College of Music of a specially commissioned short film.
Tuesday 10 November. 7pm. The Space Between Black and White
Tooting based Esuantsiwa Jane Goldsmith discusses her memoir The Space Between Black and White : ‘A story of self-discovery for a mixed-race woman finding her place in the world with Streatham Library reading group.
Nigerian Pharmacologist. Stud at Bradford University and UCL. (Other Lives Obituary. Guardian Journal. 24 October)
Executive Chef at the Ivy is interviewed in the October issue of Waitrose Food Magazine.
Black Lives Matter in German History
Recording of IHR Seminar 14 October 2020, accessible at
Black History Month
South London and Proud
Black Britons who paved the way
Peter Rowlands. Black History Month needs a wider focus. Letter commenting on Benjamin Zephaniah (13 October). (Guardian. 19 October)
Merton’s Black History
Purple Moon Drama: What Does Black History Month Mean To You?
Bristol’s Black History
Website created by young people at Project Zazi, part of OTR Bristol – a mental health social movement by and for young people aged 11 to 25.
Staying Power. Photographs of Black British Experience
V&A with Black Cultural archives exhibition
Reading Museum & Paul Robeson
Working in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, it announced its latest high-profile display, featuring a portrait of Paul Robeson in UK in 1958.
George Bridgetower died in Peckham
The History Of Black Theatre In Britain
Trade Union View
70 Objeks & Tings
Fifth and final book of Windrush Day Project is about Caribbean culture
The series is now available to read for free online.
English Heritage Podcasts
VOICE Voices of England: How slavery shaped the History and Memory of Slavery discussion with Olivette Otele (Professor, Bristol) SHAPED THE NATION
Black Plaques discussion with curatorial director Anna Eavis and historian Steve Martin (Episode 80)
Dido Elizabeth Bell (Episode 78)
South Sea Bubble (Episode 71)
The Culture Wars
The real black history? The government wants to ban it. Priyamvada Gopal. (Guardian. 20 October)
Chineke! Orchestra new work inspired by Patrick Hutchinson, who was hailed a hero after carrying a man to safety during clashes between anti-racism protesters and counter-protesters in London in June. See story and video at
Dan Hicks writes on Museums are being drawn into a fake culture war. Guardian.16 October)
White Riot – Rock Against Racism. Rubiha Shah (Guardian. 16 October)
Patriotism is the last refuge if a scandalous Government. Nesrine Malik. (Guardian. 19 October)
Racism and Class Prejudice at Durham University. (Guardian. 20 October. Letters in editions of 21 and 22 October.)
A Conservative view:
Memoirs of a Londoner: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
News From The United States
Alvin Hall on the importance of voting in the USA. (Waitrose Weekend. 15 October)
Conrad West on the USA. (Guardian 2. 19 October)
Samuel Jackson on racism, roots and Trump (Guardian 2. 20 October)
Oscar Micheaux. Pioneering Black Filmmaker
Inc. Body and Soul (1924) with Paul Robeson in his film debut;
The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Michael X
New book by Les and Tamar Payne. Reviewed by Kehinde Andrews. Guardian Review. 24 October
Tayo Aluko’s Activities
On Thursday 22 October Tayo participated in The Forum, BBC World Service programme, discussing the life of Paul Robeson, at 7pm gave a Zoom talk on Robeson for Counterfire Liverpool,and at 8pm, narrated Th’forst munth is th’wurst iv awl, by Ben Lunn, for sound Scotland’s live streamed sound festival – recording available here until 9 November.
Monday 26 November. Call Mr. Robeson @ Greenwich Theatre, London
Tuesday 27 November. Just An Ordinary Lawyer @ Greenwich Theatre, London
Thursday 29 November. 2pm. Three Sisters: The End of the Project. Zoom Play reading. Details to follow.
Tayo’s poem “Greatness” In a Time of Covidis at
The Price of Life (Africa Now and Then – Slavery
Toby Green. History Today. November
Rejecting the New Normal (Rhodesia’s independence)
Brooks Marmon. History Today. November