Friday 17th August 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM @ Willesden Green Library Centre, 95 High Road, London NW10 2SF
Marking African Jubilee Year 1987-88 @ 50, African History Month @ 50 and International Decade For People Of African Descent (IDPAD) 2015-18.
Although the concept of pan-Africanism has a long history, it is not easily defined and means different things to different people. Community activist Nana Asante attempts to break down the concept with a short presentation entitled ‘Pan-Africanism Made Simple’.
Some 30 years ago Black History Month was introduced in the UK. History consultant Kwaku posits that without the Jamaican-born pan-Africanist hero Marcus Garvey, there probably would not have been such a formal African history programme.
Through the audio-visual ‘The Centrality Of Marcus Garvey: The Introduction Of African History Month UK’ Kwaku will firstly show how the importance of African history within Garvey’s UNIA-ACL organisation can be found in the 1920 Declaration Of The Rights Of The Negro Peoples Of The World, which inspired the 2014 declaration making August 31st African History Reflection Day.
In the mid-1980s the identity crisis of a young African boy named Marcus, (after Garvey) sowed the seeds that led to the GLC (Greater London Council) delivering African history prgrammes before its demise in 1986.
In 1987, with input from various Garveyite organisations, the African Jubilee Year 1987-88 programme was delivered by GLC-successor organisation LSPU (London Strategic Policy Unit) and community organisations. The legacy of the Year is African History Month and the tenets of the African Jubilee Year Declaration.