‘Exhume Those Stories: Dramatising African-British Historical Figures’ with Phillis Wheatley and John Blanke, by Greenwich Book Festival

Saturday 16th June 2018, 3.30 PM – 5:00 PM @ University of Greenwich, Council Room, Queen Anne Court, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London SE10 9LS “You know, there’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered. One place and that’s the graveyard. People ask me all the time, what…

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‘Racism, Gender Violence and the Build up of a Prison Nation: The Case for For Feminist Abolition Politics’ by Birbeck School of Law

Wednesday 20th June 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM @ Room B34, Birkbeck University of London, Malet St, Bloomsbury London WC1E 7HX The Department of Criminology at Birbeck is pleased to welcome Dr. Beth Richie to give our annual criminology public lecture. Dr Richie’s presentation will focus on the ways that gender violence, systemic racism and criminalisation interact to…

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Dr Sadiah Qureshi ‘There is Black in the Union Jack: Britain’s Forgotten History’ by the IF Project

Thursday 21st June 2018, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM @ St. Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road, London E2 9P   Dr. Sadiah Qureshi’s lecture is the second of three ‘Summer lectures on Inequality’ from The IF Project. Dr. Qureshi is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at The University of Birmingham. Her research explores the ways in…

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‘Angie Thomas and Patrick Ness in Conversation’ by Greenwich Book Festival

Saturday 16th June 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM @ University of Greenwich, Queen Mary Building, Queen Mary Undercroft, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London SE10 9LS Greenwich Book Festival is beyond excited to be hosting two of the biggest international stars of YA, in South-East London. Angie Thomas is the Carnegie-nominated, 2018 Waterstones Children’s Book…

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“The World We Want: Prison Abolition, Gender, Racial & Economic Justice”

Friday 15th June 2018, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ The School of Law, Birkbeck University, Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, Bloomsbury London WC1E 7JL Join us for the public launch event of Abolitionist Futures: Building Social Justice Not Criminal Justice, the 2018 International Conference on ‘Penal Abolition’. We are excited to host Beth Richie,…

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Launch of ‘Forever Africa Conference and Events’ [FACE] 2018 – University of Bristol

Saturday 9th June, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM @ Carpenter Room, Richmond Building, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1LN The organisers of FACE 2018 cordially invite you to the launch of the ‘Forever Africa Conference and Events’ [FACE]. FACE is a Pan-African initiative brought together by staff and students at the University of Bristol. It has a goal-oriented,…

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‘JULIUS CAESAR & ME’: new book by acclaimed Black British actor Paterson Joseph – in conversation with Geoffrey Colman

Thursday 31st May 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM @ Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP   For one night only, Paterson Joseph will be in conversation with Geoffrey Colman, Head of Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, about Paterson’s eloquent, arresting new book, ‘Julius Caesar and Me‘, which explores Julius Caesar as…

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“20 Questions and Answers on Black Europe” with Professor Stephen Small

Thursday 17th  May 2018, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM @ Birmingham City University, Curzon Building, 4 Cardigan Street, Birmingham B4 7BD Professor Stephen Small, of African American Studies at University of California, Berkely, will be launching his new book ’20 Questions and Answers on Black Europe’. The book puts Black people in Europe at the centre of…

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“Racism, Trauma, Self-Healing and Black Relationships” A one-off historical event – with lectures from Dr Joy DeGruy and Tariq Nasheed

Sunday 17th June 2018, 3:30 PM – 10:00 PM @ The Holte Suite, Aston Villa Football Club, Trinity Road, Birmingham B6 6HE   Eric Mitchell from Sankoré, JD Publications and King Flex Entertainment presents an exclusive one-off historical event in Birmingham with lectures from Dr. Joy DeGruy the acclaimed author of ‘Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome‘ and the…

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“SS Empire, the Commonwealth and the Windrush Scandal” (1948-2018) presented by Kwaku

Friday 15th June 2018, 5.00 PM – 7.00 PM @ the Hackney Archives, CLR James Library, Dalston Square, London E8 3BQ June marks the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks, carrying 492 West Indians who were looking to rewrite their fortunes in a Britain desperate for labour. The…

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“Talking Black in America” – Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion by University of Oxford Applied Linguistics Research Group

Tuesday 5th June 2018. 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM @ Mary Ogilvy Theatre, St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS Talking Black in America follows the unique circumstances of the descendants of American slaves and their incredible impact on American life and language. Speech varieties from the African American community reflect the imprint of African language systems, the influences of…

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“British Black Music Month (BBMM) 2018” Launch of Britain’s Contribution to the development of Reggae Music

Friday 1st June 2018, 6.30 PM – 9:00 PM @ University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6XA It’s poignant that we start British Black Music Month (BBMM) 2018 by marking Reggae @ 50 with probably the only time that the full version of ‘Britain’s Contribution To The Development Of Reggae’ will receive a public screening. The…

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“DAVID OLUSOGA in conversation with Alan Rusbridger”

22nd May 2018, 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM @ Simpkins Lee Theatre, Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6QA David Olusoga opens up to Alan Rusbridger about being Black at the BBC. David Olusoga, is a British-Nigerian Historian. BAFTA winning TV Presenter/Producer and Winner of Pen Hessell-Tiltman prize Prize. David is a broadcaster and…

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“THE POLITICS OF RACE IN BRITAIN & SOUTH AFRICA: BLACK BRITISH SOLIDARITY”

Wednesday 16th May 2018. 2.30 PM – 4:00 PM @ London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB This new book  by Dr. Elizabeth Williams, explores “the complicated dance with racial inequality” in the UK and South Africa. Join Dr. Williams to discuss her book and view documents from the London Metropolitan Archives  collection on the anti-apartheid…

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“BLACK LIVES MATTER & THE CONTEMPORARY WRITINGS OF AWARD WINING NOVELIST JESMYN WARD”

This discussion explores Jesmyn Ward’s literary engagements with Hurricane Katrina, racialized poverty, police brutality, mass incarceration, and the generally precarious status of black life in the 21st century US.

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“THIS IS AFRO-FUTURISM: THE BLACK PANTHER PHENOMENON – PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE” – A multi-media lecture by Sun Cycle Publishers

Saturday 5th May 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM @ Neter Vital (Mind Body Soul) Bookstore, 25 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PB This is AfroFuturism: The Black Panther Phenomenon: Past Present Future. Prof. Khonsu will explore and decode what Afro-futurism is, in this unmissable multi media lecture, using film clips, documentary footage and music.…

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“MFest” – The first UK festival dedicated to the literature, culture and ideas of Black British Muslim Communities

With more than 25 events running from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th April 2018 at The British Library and P21 Gallery, MFest provides a unique platform in the centre of London for emerging and established writers, performers and artists to present their works and bring together Britain’s incredibly varied Muslim population.

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** UPDATE ** Staunch Feminist & Best Selling Author Ms. Chimamanda Adichie invited to give a Keynote Address at the 7th ANNUAL IGBO CONFERENCE 2018

The 7th Annual International Igbo Conference ‘Memory, Culture and Community’ conference seeks to promote the creation, management and use of records and archives, highlighting the need to preserve the archival heritage of people of Igbo descent around the world, through the sharing of experiences, research and ideas.

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“NUDE ME – UNDER THE SKIN: RECLAIMING BLACK WOMEN’S VISIBILITY” By Costume Institute of the African Diaspora

Friday 27th April 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM @ Rootstein Hopkins Space, London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street, London W1G 0BJ Inspired by her current practice and research into hosiery, Enam Gbewonyo multimedia textile artist and founder of the Black British Female Artist Collective will examine how this simple garment, a staple of western women’s wardrobe…

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“CHALLENGING RACISM THROUGH CONSUMER ACTION” By Ethical Consumer

Debate and discussion aimed at investigating how ethical consumption can be part of the new fight against racism. The recent rise in hate crimes has cast a shadow over the UK and we want to explore ways that consumers, businesses and other organisations can respond to this.

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“BLACK ASIAN & MINORITY ETHNIC WOMEN: CAREER PROGRESSION & LEADERSHIP ROUND-TABLE”

Wednesday 25th April and Friday 18th May 2018, from 10:00 AM in Westminster, London WC2N 5DU (venue to be confirmed) Only one in thirteen Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) workers are in management positions. Despite any progression on gender diversity, there is no evidence of a BAME woman on a FTSE 100 board. BAME women…

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“BLACK, MINORITY ETHNIC EXPERIENCES (BME) IN HIGHER EDUCATION: SOCIAL JUSTICE, INCLUSION & WHITE PRIVILEGE”

Monday 21st May 2018, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ Clore lecture theatre, B01, Birkbeck University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E This session will explore BME experiences in higher education. It will examine recent statistics on the representation of BME staff and students in higher education and explore how processes of racism, exclusion and…

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“GUARDIAN LIVE – “NATIVES: AN EVENING WITH AKALA & FRANKIE BOYLE”

Thursday 17th May 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM @ The O2 Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Road London SW9 9SL Join us for a special night at the O2 Academy Brixton to talk about some of the biggest issues in modern British politics. especially relevant topics include: immigration, race, class and the far right, Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.…

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“A HISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC RACISM” by The Centre of Pan African Thought

Tuesday 17th April and Tuesday 24th April 2018, 6.30pm – 9.30pm @ The Swedenborg Society, 20 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH The vile barbarism of racism is the principal psychosis of the modern world. The idea of race, as in referential to racism is the fabric of that psychosis. A fabric so ingrained in European…

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“BRIT(ISH): RACE, IDENTITY AND BELONGING” AFUA HIRSCH REFLECTS ON RACIAL ATTITUDES IN BRITISH SOCIETY TODAY

Thursday 12th April 2018, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM @ 2 Temple Place, London WC2R 3BD Following the publication of her book ‘Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging’, author and journalist Afua Hirsch joins Catherine Tackley, curator of ‘Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain’ and saxophonist Soweto Kinch to discuss how racial attitudes in…

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