Saturday 10 July. Exploring “Greatness”
Tayo Aluko will be delivering an online University of Central Lancaster workshop called Exploring “Greatness,” Participants are invited to react to and discuss his poem “Greatness” In a Time of Covid, and contribute examples of interesting individuals who migrated to other parts of the world and made significant impact on society (positive or negative) by their work or actions. The stories that were shared were tremendous.
You can take part by signing up here
Tayo has made a compilation of all the people who have done readings of the poem for my project, Mapping “Greatness,” and am looking forward to having more people contribute to the project.
Tuesday 13 July. 7pm. The Life And Work Of Margaret Llewelyn Davies
Ruth Cohen talks about the Co-operative movement activist, feminist, socialist and pacifist; General Secretary of the Women’s Co-operative Guild (1889-1921). There will also be a discussion on the campaign to extend Co-operation to poor areas, in the course of which she worked with the local Co-operative society in an experimental store and settlement in Sunderland.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 821 7231 4164
For details of the Sunderland Store see Topic 691 of the North East Popular Politics database, and there are some photos at Topic 8.
Saturday 17 – Sunday 19 July. Black Lens Festival
Black Cultural Archives and British Film Institute
Sunday 18 July to Sunday 15 August. South Asian Heritage Month
If you have an event planned please the national organisers know at:
Sunday 18 July. 11am. South Battersea Historic Plaques Walk
Battersea Society walk led by Jeanne Rathbone of plaques such as Gus Elen, music hall comedian; HM Bateman, cartoonist; Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Prince of Preachers; Ted ‘Kid’ Lewis, boxing champion; Lord Wandsworth; Ida & Louise Cook, Jewish Rescuers; and Sir George Shearing, jazz musician.
Meet at corner of Nightingale Lane and Clapham Common Westside.
Free event but limited to 25 people so please registerhere.
Sunday 2 August. Closing Date For Entries For Morley Prize for Unpublished Writers Of Colour
Morley College and Rachel Mills Literary have launched an opportunity for aspiring fiction writers from ethnic minority backgrounds seeking to break into publishing. Application instructions and full terms and conditions can be found via the Morley Gallery website here.
Saturday 4 September. Lambeth Local History Fair
St. Marks Church, Kennington.
Stalls and talks, and the Friends of Kennington Park will lead a walk in the Park.
To Sunday 26 September. War Inna Babylon: The Community’s Struggle for Truths and Right
Saturday 16 October. 2 and 7pm. Book Launch – Dave Harker’s Hadaway Harry, The Great Joe Wilson and Carrying David
Illustrated talks with songs and entertainment. Newcastle City Library. £3.
The book can be bought from the Tyne Bridge Publishing
For details of the associated plays see:
Carrying David tour of North East in September
Carrying David and Hadaway Harry in London next June.
To 21 October. Leeds Black History Walks
See also Joe Williams linked Heritage Corner
Black History Initiatives In Lancaster And Greater Manchester
Black History Lancaster Group is running a funded project involving 35 community historians from 14-80 working on 7 Lancaster slave merchant families. Professor Alan Rice (Univ.Central Lancaster) is helping.
Alan has updated the slave trail map and (5,000 printed and on the home page of Visit Lancaster Map.
Alan has been doing a slave trail a week at the moment for schoolchildren to U3Aers. A conference from the slave family trees project will be held in November and Alan hopes to invite multiple other local black history groups. He is also curating Lubaina Himid’s Memorial to Zong exhibition at the Lancaster Maritime Museum – see
Alan’s team at UCLAN is also investigating the links between members of the Manchester Literary & Philosophical Society and the enslavement business.
The Preston Black History remains active and will celebrate its 10 years on 17 August.
Tayo Aluko In Video For West Midlands Police
‘With news of the recent (first ever) conviction and jailing of a white British police officer for killing a Black man following that of the sentencing of the killer of George Floyd in the US, it is interesting to speculate on whether having more Black officers might be a part of the solution, here in the UK at least. I am in a new recruitment video for West Midlands Police recently, trying to encourage more people of colour to become officers. The video will add to the growing body of work that will hopefully lead to more film and TV roles coming my way, with which I hope to subsidise my theatre work, which remains my first love.
British General History
On Line A People’s History with John McDonnell
North East Women Footballers
Two plays Wor Bella and Howay The Lasses deal with munitionette footballers in World War One. Hundreds of women’s football teams were formed nationally (many dozens in the North East) and raised money for charity. Matches attracted hundreds, even thousands, of spectators, including 20,000 at St James’ Park Newcastle in 1918 for the Munitionettes Cup final and 23,000 at Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough, for the replay.
Reading & Watching
The Place For Me: Stories About the Windrush Generation. Book for children by Dame Floella Benjamin et al. Scholsitic
Clarion call. Hardie’s bike club puts the break on ‘socialism’. The Guardian 15 June.
What Did Britain Really Do For India. Amartya Sen. The Guardian Long Read 29 June.
Sixty Years of Climate warnings. The Guardian Long Read 1July
Menelik Shabazz. Film Maker. The Guardian 1 July
Three members of Stockwell Six cleared after five Decades. The Guardian 7 July.
The toppling of Saddam and the birth of a myth. Discussion on pulling down statues. The Guardian Long Read 8 July
‘Can’t Tek No More’. Frank Rosso’s film Babylon. History Today. July
China’s First International Students. Ditto
Urban Encounters. Native American chiefs, the colonists and diplomacy. Ditto
The memorials’ missing men. Michelle Barrett on the failure to properly commemorate black and Asian troops in FWW. BBC History Magazine. August
A Kingdom Cast in Bronze. The history of the Benin Bronzes. Ditto
Pandemic Notes Workbook
MayDay Rooms contribution to recording some organised responses by workers and different communities to the Covid19 pandemic. It also socialises snapshots of the varied emotions people have been experiencing during this health crisis, which were gathered through contributions we received to an online Pandemic Notes survey. You can download it here.
Wandle and the Industrial Revolution
The Streatham Society talk on the Wandle’s contribution to the Industrial Revolution by John Phillips on YouTube.
The Whitewashing of Empire and Britain’s Radical Historical Amnesia
Margaret Skinnier: Irish revolutionary and activist – a biography
Remainder Books From Postscript
The Sultan and the Queen. The Untold Story of Elizabeth and Islam.Jerry Brotton. Code 506924
The Life and Times of Benjamin Zephaniah. Code 512152
Great War Britain: Remembering 1914-18. Tyneside. Jo Bath. Code 511716
A Revolution of Feeling. The Decade that forged the modern world. (1790s). Rachel Hewitt. Code 512675
What the Suffragists Did Next, How The Fight For Women’s Rights Went On. Mavis Curtis. Code 226008
Colonial America And The United States
Slavery Records from 17thC Found In Maryland
US Race Terrorism 1917-1921
Black Farmers Cleared From Coasts In South To Create Beaches
US Day To Remember Slavery
The House of Representatives voted on 16 June to honour the day slavery was outlawed in the US. Testifying in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1956, Paul Robeson stated: “My father was a slave, and I stand here struggling for the rights of my people to be full citizens of this country. And they are not … In Russia, I felt for the first time like a full human being … I [remain in the United States] because I’m opposing the neo fascist cause.”
Tayo Aluko did an online for the People’s Music Network, Listen To That Voice! The Ongoing Relevance of Paul Robeson. In it I shared some recordings of the great man and a video I created by juxtaposing his rendition of The House I Live In with images showing how America fails to live up to her ideals, but may yet do so, if the youth are allowed to live up to their potential.
Tayo’s new radio play, Paul Robeson’s Love Song, was written and recorded (over lockdown) with actor friends in North America. You can stream it from here. The £8 (or equivalent) cost goes toward keeping his shows on the road.
Enslavement and the Black Atlantic