AFRIKAN HISTORY MONTH ***EVENTS*** FOR OCTOBER 2008 LONDON UK(KK)

***Is Windrush still relevant to Young People?

Date: Fri 24 October 2008
Time: 11 am
Venue: City Hall
Address: Chamber, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA
Admission: Free

A panel discussion for schools groups featuring some of today's most outspoken youth commentators and young people.

Email: blackhistoryseason@london.gov.uk
Website: Mayor of London - Black History Season programme
Tel: 020 7983 6554
Organised By: Greater London Authority


***African History Film Day: 1968

Date: Sat 25 October 2008
Time: 2 pm
Venue: British Museum
Address: University College London (UCL), London, WC1B 3DG
Admission: Admission free, booking required

2pm - Chisholm ‘72 Unbought and Unbossed’ Inspiring and uplifting, a film about the first black person to run for president – a woman of Guyanese and Barbadian parentage – Shirley Chisholm. The film will be followed by a discussion that will reflect upon the impact of Chisholm and the significance on this year’s presidential race and its media coverage. 5.30pm -‘Baldwin’s [N Word]’ A screening of Horace Ové’s film ‘Baldwin’s Nigger’, a striking portrait of the writer Baldwin at his sharp-witted best, addressing a group of radical West Indian students in 1960s London. Accompanied by comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, Baldwin discusses Black experience and identity in both Britain and America. Passionate and entertaining, this is a fascinating snapshot of one of America's most powerful novelists. Prior to this screening will be a discussion with archivist and historian Tony Warner. He will look at clips of civil rights campaigner James Baldwin in action, including footage showing race relations in London, America and South Africa at that time.

Website: Camden Council: Black History Season
Tel: 020 7323 8181


***Verna Wilkins - The Journey of the book

Date: Tue 28 October 2008
Time: 2:30
Venue: Southfields Library
Address: 300 Wimbledon Park Road, London, SW19 6NL
Admission:

Verna Wilkins is the founder of Tamarind, a children’s book publishing company. She is the author of 30 picture books and seven biographies for young people. All her books offer positive role models for success and feature on the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2 reading. Verna will lead an exciting workshop on how a book is born and becomes the book you can read. Free – For children and adults booking essential (020) 8871 6388

Tel: (020) 8871 6388
Organised By: Southfields Library


***Telling Tales with Sandra Agard

Date: Tue 28 October 2008
Time: 11:00 am
Venue: Clapton Library
Address: Northwold Road, London, E5 8RA
Admission: Please contact the library to book in advance.

Stories from Africa and the Caribbean. A family event with Sandra Agard. Sandra Agard was born in Hackney to Guyanese parents and is a writer and storyteller. Her repertoire includes stories from all over the world. She runs regular storytelling, creative writing and reading development sessions in the community. Her poetry and short stories have been published in 'A Girl's Best Friend' and 'Watchers and Seekers: tales, myths and legends'. She has also written plays. She has a particular love for tales from an African, African-American and Caribbean background as well as African British oral history projects. She still lives in East London and works as a Literature Development Officer in South London at Peckham and New Cross Libraries.

Tel: 020 8356 1620
Organised By: Clapton Library


***Local Histories: Windrush London

Date: Wed 29 October 2008
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: City Hall
Address: Committee rooms 4 and 5, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA
Admission: Free

What was London life like just before and following the arrival at Tilbury Docks of the SS Empire Windrush? This evening will be a mixture of historical fact and first-hand reminiscence from leading historians, people of the generation and the Windrush Foundation.

Email: blackhistoryseason@london.gov.uk
Website: Mayor of London - Black History Season programme
Tel: 020 7983 6554
Organised By: Greater London Authority


***Wall of Words

Date: Wed 29 October AND Thu 30 October 2008
Time: 12 pm
Venue: Swiss Cottage Library
Address: London, NW3 3HA

Contribute your words, phrases, or sentences on 1968 on the wall. The artist Beyonder will look at the wall at regular intervals during the two days and create a poem using it as inspiration.


***Screening: A place of rage/ At the river I stand

Date: Thu 30 October 2008
Time: 7 pm
Venue: West Green Learning Centre
Address: Park View Academy, Park View Academy, London, N15 3RB
Admission: Ł3 waged / Ł2 low/unwaged

A PLACE OF RAGE (Pratibha Parmar, UK ,1991, 52 mins) This exuberant celebration of African American women and their achievements features interviews with Angela Davis, June Jordan and Alice Walker. Within the context of the Civil Rights, Black Power and Feminist movements, the trio reassess how women such as Rosa Parks and Fannie Lou Hamer revolutionised American society. Angela Davis, at one time the FBI's most wanted woman, recounts her involvement with the Black Panthers and the US Communist Party. Her rarely seen 1970 prison interview, civil rights footage and archival photos are interwoven with June Jordan's powerful poetry, linking issues of homophobia, racism, U.S. imperialism and liberation struggles world-wide. The insights of acclaimed writer Alice Walker (The Color Purple) and filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha enrich this engrossing portrait of African American feminism. Followed by a discussion with the director, Pratibha Parmar AT THE RIVER I STAND (D.Appleby, A.Graham, S.Ross, USA 1993, 53 mins) 'HOW MANY RIVERS DO WE HAVE TO CROSS, BEFORE WE GET TO MEET THE BOSS' Bob Marley Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I have been to the mountaintop" speech was delivered on 3 April 1968 in Memphis, the day before he was assassinated. "At The River I Stand" reminds us that, although King went to Memphis as part of his Poor People's Campaign, he also went there because 1,300 sanitation workers had been on strike for higher wages and recognition of their union branch. The sanitation workers remained steadfast in their determination to prove, as their most famous picket sign indicated, that they were 'men'. Their signs read "I Am A Man", and they were often photographed by the national media with the tanks of the National Guard rolling menacingly down the Memphis streets behind their picket lines. The film is a persuasive and moving argument for the position that the Memphis sanitation strike was the culmination of the civil rights struggle in the Southern States. At The River I Stand should be shown in every school and every workplace.

Email: tonia@padeap.net
Website: PADEAP
Organised By: HIC / PADEAP


**When We Ruled: Angelina Osborne and Robin Walker in Conversation

Date: Thu 30 October 2008
Time: 6 pm
Venue: University College London (UCL)
Address: Roberts Building, GO6 Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre, London


***Living in the 1960s

Date: Thu 30 October 2008
Time: 14:00
Venue: Hackney Museum
Address: 1 Reading Lane, London, 1GQ

Try on outfits from the 1960s and settle down in our 1960s front room. Hear people’s amazing tales of leaving the Caribbean and making a new home in England. This will be your chance to ask questions and find out what happens next in this interactive performance.

Email: hmuseum@hackney.gov.uk
Tel: 020 8356 3500
Organised By: Hackney Museum


***National service on Mental Health

Date: Thu 30 October 2008
Time: 6 pm
Venue: The Emmanuel Centre
Address: 9-23 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 3DW
Admission: Free but requires registration to book

Black Mental Health UK's (BMH UK) national service is being held in a month which also marks the 10th anniversary of the death of David 'Rocky' Bennett. Bennett is considered to be the Stephen Laurence of the mental health world. Since his death, the most recent Count Me In Census report shows that detention rates of people from African Caribbean communities continues to increase. People from this ethnic group experience lower recovery rates and longer stays in care than their white counterparts. They are also over represented in the most secure parts of the system. A report by the Forum for Preventing Death's in Custody revealed a 40% increase in the deaths of those detained under the Mental Health Act in 2007. This is the only national event, organised this year, which is open the general public and professionals working in this sector, on the issue mental health within African Caribbean communities. With detention rates under the Mental Health Act, at an all time high among Africans in Britain, experts indicate this issue now touches the lives of every African family living in the UK. Who will benefit: Health professionals, practitioners, managers, commissioners, church leaders, church members,journalists, researchers, academics, students, service users, carers and family members, students, social activist, community leaders, members of the public interested in learning more about this issue. Those wanting to learn how to more effectively engage with statutory services or assist in the community. Educational objective: This national service is part of BMH UK's public education programme, designed to provide accessible information on this issue to all key stakeholder groups, with a focus on targetting those previously excluded from the decision making process, in order to see a quantifiable improvement in the exerpience of service users from African Caribbean communities and their families. This event is part of BMH UK's awareness raising strategy to address stigma associated with mental illness and to provide easliy accessible information about this issue. Speakers: Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey - House of Lords Pastor Ade Omooba - co-founder Cohesive and Choerent Voice Alicia Spence - Director of Services, ACCI (African Caribbean Community Iniative) Rev Paul Grey - Pastor of New Testament Church of God, author, publisher and former service user. Prof. Suman Fernando - Consultant psyciatrist, academic, author and Bennett inquiry wittness. Bishop Wayne Malcolm - head of Christian City Life (CLC), minister, author, radio and TV prodcuer. Dr Richard Stone - David Bennett Inquiry panel member, Stephen Laurence Inquiry panel member. Prof Sashi Sahidharan -Consultant psyciatrist, former Government advisor and Bennett Inquiry panel member. Helen Shaw- co-director of Inquest and Bennett Inquiry panel wittness. Matilda MacAttram - director of Black Mental Health UK Music for the the evening John Fisher and the IDMC gospel choir Please go to Black Mental Health UK events page if you cannot register via the links on this email. Feel free to invite a friend or colleague who you think might be interested in learning more about this issue. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 30th October Best wishes BMH UK Events Team Black Mental Health UK

Email: admin@blackmentalhealth.org.uk
Website: Black Mental Health UK - News
Organised By: BHM UK


***African History Speaks/Portal To African History

Date: Thu 30 October 2008 - Fri 31 October 2008
Time: 6pm
Venue: Harrow Civic Centre
Address: Council Chamber, Station Road, Harrow, Middlesex, London, HA1 2UL
Admission: Free

Under Harrow Black History Month 2008 Africa Before The Trans-Atlantic Enslavement theme, Akoben Awards presents African History Speaks, which consists of presentations highlighting key African empires, plus representation of African melodies through a kora performance; and BTWSC will present prizes and honour winners of its The Contribution Of pre-trans-Atlantic Enslavement Africa To Mankind competition (covering the sciences, architecture, arts, medicine or culture), written in not more than 500 words and emailed to info@btwsc.com by September 24 2008, plus the screening of a short DVD produced with a Harrow school on Africa before the trans-Atlantic enslavement.

Email: info@btwsc.com
Website: BTWSC - Developing Potential . Rasing Aspirations . Promoting Social Inclusion
Organised By: BTWS


***Back to the Rootz Pride Pageant

Date: Thu 30 October 2008
Time: 6pm
Venue: Bridge Park Complex
Address: Brentfield, Harrow Road, London, NW10 0RG
Admission: Free

To counter the negative stick young people are getting and to Celebrate African (Black) History Month I wanted to invite you to get involved with this up and coming event. Strength in Numbers Youth Committee (16 to 25) is planning an event for African History Month. This unique and powerful pageant will give young people the opportunity to remember, reconnect and represent their African or Caribbean roots, instead of representing their postcode or estate, and the “glorified” lifestyle that accompanies it. Strength in Numbers Youth Committee are concerned about the local stabbings, shootings and gang/knife incidents. They believe that there needs to be a local solution, for a local problem. The emphasis of this event will be Traditional African and Caribbean Values and standards, merged with modern day practices. The committee feels passionate about how they are portrayed by the media so this is also a chance for them to reverse the negativity by showcasing their unity and heritage and the lifestyles that accompanies it. This event is planned and created by young people for their community At the end of the Pageant they will crown a Mr. and Ms Brent who will be symbolic of Brent’s diversity and take a stand against post code rivalries and who will stand up for forgotten values, hope and self/community love. Your support will have an enormous impact on young people and would really help promote the message behind their pageant. They would be grateful if you could attend and assist them in making this day a success.

Website: Strength in numbers
Organised By: Strength in Numbers - Youth Commitee