Black History Month Events In The North East

African Lives in Northern England:

From Roman Times to the 21st Century

Sunday 17, Thursday 21 and Saturday 23 October. Launch Of Booklet

This booklet, authored by the African Lives in Northern England project and edited by Beverley Prevatt Goldstein, celebrates the history of Black lives in northern England and dispels the myth that the North East is exclusively white and monocultural. From Septimus Severus, the Roman Emperor, to 19th century Cumbrian John Kent who was believed to be Britain’s first black policeman, to 21st century Newcastle MP Chinyelu ‘Chi’ Onwurah, this booklet reveals a rich and diverse history. There are three launch events.

  • Durham:  October 17th at Durham Book Festival. Click here for more information. 
  • Stockton: Talk and discussion at Stockton Reference Library, October 21st, 6-7.30pm. For more information and to book your place at £3 contact 01642 528079, reference.library@stockton.gov.uk
  • Newcastle: Free mini-presentation at Newcastle Central Library on October 23rd, 3-3.45pm.

Each talk will be tailored to its location and signed copies of the booklet will be available to purchase. Booklets can also be purchased from Caroline Afolabi-Deleu at caroline@s4a.org.uk at £5.00 with £2.00 for packaging and postage This is a limited edition and copies will be sent out on a first-come, first-serve basis as payments are received.

I was an adviser to the project team, which was a follow-up to the 2021 Calender produced and sold last year.

Further details about the booklet and the calender can be seen at

Historic England has add project team resources to it website:

https://historicengland.org.uk/services-skills/education/teaching-activities/african-lives-northern-england

Other Events

Saturday 17 October. 2.30-5pm. African Women And The Community

 Teakisi Woman Talk

The Common Room, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE

You can book tickets here.

Monday 18 October. 2.30pm. Beyond Jimi, Martin and Muhammad: Celebrating Two Hundred Years of African Americans on Tyneside

Talk by Brian Ward (Northumbria University)

Whitley Bay Library at 2:30pm on . This event can be booked online via Eventbrite or for further information call (0191) 643 5390.

Tuesday 19 October. 2pm. Buses and Blues, Guns and Guitars: Tyneside and the African American Freedom Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s

Talk by Brian Ward (Northumbria University)

Bewick Hall, Newcastle City Library

This event can be booked online via Eventbrite or for further information call (0191) 277 4100.

Saturday 23 October. 5pm. Celebrating Black History Month – Film Screening

Stand Up to Racism North East is screening the ‘The Felling of Colston’ (2020/10mins) by Arthur Cauty and ‘The People’s Account’ (1986/50 mins), a hard-hitting account of police racism in the 1980s, with first person testimonies of the Broadwater Farm uprising which was sparked by police shootings of innocent black women.

The Culture Lab, Newcastle University

You can book tickets here.

Tuesday 26 October. 5.30-6.30pm. Black History Now!

Online panel discussion that reflects on the state of the field in Black British History and affirms its centrality to the discipline of History more widely. What is going on in Black History in Durham and the North East? How can historians in Durham and the wider region continue to build the field? And what are the implications of recent developments in the field for the movement to decolonise the curriculum?

The panel includes the Liam Liburd,the newly appointed  is Assistant Professor of Black British History at Durham University, Stefanella Julius, Nkechi Managwu, and Emilie Tenbroek, historians studying at Durham and Decolonising the Curriculum Interns with the Decolonise Durham Network, and me.

 To register please click here.

I will be giving an online talk afterwards for the student Durham History Society.

Taste of Africa Events On Teeside

Saturday 16 October.  6pm-9pm The Taste of Africa Showcase (virtual) – 17th year will showcase traditional performances, local talents and artists, music, designer African fashion show, food, youth dance groups and more. It includes  the project Irin Ajo Mi – My Journey developed by young people celebrating the journeys of African elders in Tees Valley.

Friday 22 October. 6-9pm. 7th Annual Black History Youth Awards Dinner (Virtual), recognising the achievements of young people and promoting positive role models in the community. This year the Award is focused on Resilience. 

The organisers suggest that resilient people:

  • are autonomous
  • have a realistic awareness of self
  • are adaptable
  • are optimistic
  • are pragmatic
  • are socially connected
  • demonstrate self-compassion

Further details are in this PDF.

Essays On North East Black History

The latest issue of North East History (Vol. 52) the journal of the North East History Labour Society contains two articles.

Hannah Kent. ‘One Aim, One God, One Destiny’? An investigation of Black lives in Tyneside,1939-1952.

Brian Bennison. Paul Robeson in the North East.

Further details of the issue and how to order are on www.nelh.net.

Note: This posting was added to 15 October: Historic England and Brian Ward talks.

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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