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BEYOND BLACK HISTORY MONTH

The Thin Black Line of Soldiers: When the Drum Begins to Roll

Tuesday 15th November  2016

6.15pm-8pm


The Library at Willesden Green, NW10 2SF


2016 marks 100 years since the start of the Battles of the Somme - the bloodiest series of battles fought during World War I that saw approximately 1.2 million soldiers lose their lives.

Historians have begun to uncover the stories of soldiers of African descent who took part in the Battles of the Somme and many other campaigns during the war. What is often not understood is that people of African descent from all over the world fought for both sides. Men, who were blighted by combating oppression and bowed by colonial regimes, broke their backs to work and fight in the war.

Their contribution to the war would have significant effects on the course of the 20th century and the future of colonialism.

Join the historian Onyeka who uncovers fascinating information on the 'thin black line' of World War I.


BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS 2016

Drunk on the sweets of liberty and the fruits of freedom

Friday 14th October

6.15pm

Royal Court - Jerwood Theatre, London, SW1W 8AS


‘The price of freedom is eternal vigilance’

John Philpot Curran.


Freedom cannot be given, or granted it is an inviolable truth. Nevertheless, ‘Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains’ (Rousseau). Chains of psychological and physical oppression prevent us from achieving this freedom. We hold on to ignorance which binds us to a poverty of spirit and chains us to the servitude of indifference, as if our life depended upon it. Ignorance has been our friend for too long, we are addicted to it. It wants us never to achieve freedom and teaches us to fear the night, it refrains us from walking in the shadows. But what ignorance does not tell us, is that the only way one can be a star that shines for freedom is to leap into the dark.     


‘The enemies of a people are those who keep them in ignorance.’

Thomas Sankara


Join Onyeka, the writer of the new play Young Othello, as he examines how freedom or the quest for it.


The Words: African, Women and Achievement Go Together

Saturday 15th October

2.30pm

Palmers Green Library, Broomfield Lane, London N13 4EY

Men and women are bound to each other inseparably and the future of both sexes is based on the other. However, in a Eurocentric-patriarchal world where women’s achievements are relegated or ignored we cannot see women of African descent clearly or perhaps at all. The stories therefore of pioneering and heroic women such as Nehanda, Nzingha, Yaa Asantewa, Amy Ashwood Garvey, Amy Jacques Garvey, Harriet Tubman and Claudia Jones are ignored. The idea is that African women are/were only inferior victims of racism, or subject to the abuse of men. This perspective means that without aspirations there is no potential to achieve, achievement is ring-fenced.

 

This talk will explore the achievements of woman of African descent in Britain and examine how we can use their legacy to succeed in the future.


Invention and intervention African style

Saturday 22nd October

2.30pm

Enfield Town Library, 66 Church Street, Enfield EN2 6AX


Some of the greatest inventions or achievements ever made by mankind are anonymous. For example:  the first human being to laugh, or cry, utter a word, use fire, or start one, the first one to pick up a stick and use it to walk, or defend themselves. These kinds of inventions or achievements turned mankind from victims at the bottom of the food chain to custodians of the earth. Instead of being at the whim of nature’s vicissitudes we hold keys to the survival of the planet.  The authors of mankind’s early inventions are shrouded in mystery, fantasy and legend. Their true names have been lost in time. Instead the great leap forwards are credited to evolution or progress.

However in a world in where concepts such as: religion, race, culture, sex and class have become so important, human beings now find it important and necessary to claim certain achievements as their own. These concepts also mean that over the last few hundred years the inventions and achievements by people of African descent have been obscured, denied or attributed to others. This was to support a notion of Eurocentric patriarchal hegemony. So we forget the professors and doctors who are legion: Imhotep, Ibrahim Njoya, Haile Debas, Sameera Moussa, Cheikh Anta Diop, Charles Ssali, Ivan Van Sertima, Sebi, Neil deGrasse Tyson, George Washington Carver, Alice Augusta Ball, Lewis Howard Latimer and Granville Woods.   


Join Narrative Eye as we find out about these great inventors past and present of African descent.


Is Home Fit for all Heroes?

How Britain welcomed its returning soldiers

from Africa and the Caribbean  


The Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street,
Birmingham B1 2ND

Saturday 22nd October

1pm-4pm



ACSHO, 104 Heathfield Road, Handsworth,
Birmingham, B19 1HJ
6.30pm

The end of the Second World War marked the decline of the British Empire. The war had placed a huge financial strain on the empire and Britain had no choice but to decolonise or grant independence to many nations including Caribbean islands and African countries. During the war, soldiers had been recruited from the Caribbean and Africa to form British colonial troops such as the Royal West African Frontier Force and the West India Regiment.

At that time, being British subjects they were eligible to live and work in Britain and many did. But what did they receive from their 'motherland'?

How did the end of Empire and de-colonisation affect the lives of African soldiers who fought for Britain?

 

How did these events shape the race and immigration laws that were passed throughout the 20th century?

 

Join the historian Onyeka for two exclusive events in Birmingham to explore the lives of African soldiers in World War One.


Young, Gifted and Black

Tuesday 25th October

8pm-9pm

The Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS


‘It's the young trees that make up the forest.’

 

This event will celebrate the achievements of young people in the community.

 

News reports might lead us to believe that all young men of African descent are social outcasts on the fringes of society. That they are part of a counter culture destroying the fabric of society or dysfunctional psychopaths mentally ill and leeches on the body politic. Why is there such a sustained psychological attack on a group that has the potential to be a dynamic mover in education, literature, art, music and sport?


Find out why.


Achievements of Black Women Workshop

Wednesday 26th October

2.30pm-3.30pm

Enfield Town Library, 66 Church Street, Enfield EN2 6AX

The stories of pioneering and heroic women in history are widely celebrated in many countries across the world. This retelling of their lives and accomplishments not only maintains their legacy but also provides women and girls with the desire to accomplish great things and gives them a sense of identity.


In Britain the teachings of women in history, particularly Black history, often focuses on American history, ignoring the lives of women of African descent who built communities in 18th century England, who were activists in the British Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s, and who held the first major positions in politics.


This interactive workshop will explore the achievements of Black Women in Britain and participants will be invited to develop frameworks for utilising this important history in the future.


Participants are encouraged to attend the Achievements of Black Women Lecture on Saturday 22nd October



ENFIELD UNISON BLACK MEMBERS GROUP PRESENTS

BLACK WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP














TUESDAY 27TH OCTOBER 2015

The Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House,

Executive Suite, 39 London Road

Enfield, EN2 6DS

6:30PM to 10:00PM







BLACK SOLDIERS IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR &

THE AFRICAN FRONTLINE 1914- 1918

THURSDAY 29TH OCTOBER 2015

Library of Birmingham, Heritage Learning Space, 4th floor, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND

1.30PM-4PM



WHAT’S HAPPENING IN BLACK BRITISH HISTORY?

THURSDAY 29TH OCTOBER 2015

Senate House, University Of London

11AM-6PM



AFRICANS IN WORLD WAR ONE

THURSDAY 29TH OCTOBER

7-8PM


African Caribbean Self Help Organisation

104 Heathfield Rd, Birmingham B19 1HJ



BLACKNESS IN BRITAIN 2015

'THE BLACK SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP'

AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP

AND ITS IMPACT ON BLACK INTELLECTUAL LIFE IN BRITAIN

30-31 OCTOBER 2015

Birmingham City University

The Blackness in Britain conference series is concerned with the past and future histories and narratives of Black populations in the UK and the wider African diaspora. In our second interdisciplinary conference we invite scholars, intellectuals and activists to examine how Black British intellectual life has been influenced by African American scholarship. Despite the absence of Black Studies programmes in British Universities, Black communities in the UK have a long history of community activism that has been deeply engaged with the scholarship of Black America. From as early as the Pan-African Congress 1945 to current day community and online activism, Black individuals and communities in Britain have created dynamic intellectual spaces outside of the academy to engage in debates and to organise political activity around the ideas of Black Feminism, Black Nationalism, Black theology, Black Psychology, Afrocentricity, Pan- Africanism and Garveyism in order to resist and strategize against, imperialism, colonialism and racialised forms of oppression.

Historian and author Onyeka will speak on Conceptualising Black Studies in Britain/ African Centred Thought.


BEYOND BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2014


RESEARCHING BETWEEN THE LINES

Sunday 2nd November 2014  4pm-7pm

First Nation Centre, 3rd Floor, 10 Midland Road, Luton LU2 0HR


The historian Onyeka will be visiting Luton to discuss his research into the African Tudors. Onyeka has researched more than 250,000 documents to write his latest book, Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, their Presence, Status and Origins. This research is vital in reshaping our long held beliefs about the Tudor period and the role people of African descent played in shaping modern England.


AFRICAN TUDORS: LESSONS FROM OUR PAST

Tuesday 4th  November  2014 6.30pm-8pm


Wembley Library, Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 0FJ


The celebration of Black History Month provides an opportunity to focus awareness on the events of history and identify the lessons that can be learned. The research investigated in Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, their Presence, Status and Origins by the historian Onyeka, demonstrates that African people were not automatically subjected to slavery but were an important part of society.  


What lessons can we learn from this research and how does this knowledge shape our understanding of society and our future potential? 



BLACKAMOORES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

Wednesday 5th November 2014  5pm-6.30pm


Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ


Join historians Onyeka and Miranda Kaufmann as they discuss the presence and contribution of African people to Tudor England.



PUTTING THE BLACK IN THE UNION JACK? BLACK BRITISH HISTORY IN EDUCATION

Saturday 8th November 2014  10am – 7pm


Bloomsbury Theatre, UCL, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH


Putting the Black in the Union Jack? Black British History in Education, will explore how we can incorporate the stories of African men, women and children and their descendant into the study of British history.

For more information, please visit http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/project/blackbritishhistory/



BLACKAMOORES AT THE SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY: AFRICAN PEOPLE IN SIXTEENTH CENTURY SCOTLAND - A FORGOTTEN POPULATION BUT REMEMBERED TODAY

Wednesday 3rd December 2014  12.45pm-1.30pm


Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL

Join historian Onyeka at the Scottish National Gallery as he discusses the untold story of African people in Scotland during the Tudor period.


Onyeka is the author of Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, their Presence, Status and Origins, a groundbreaking publication that unearths the hidden history of African people in Tudor England and Scotland. The research in Blackamoores highlights the contribution African people made to the development of cities such as Edinburgh and challenges the commonly held belief that these people were slaves or placed at the lowest rung of society.

Onyeka is a writer, law lecturer and historian. His books document the lives and history of the African experience in Britain. His work explores issues about cultural identity, resistance to oppression and the will to succeed.



To attend any of the talks and lectures, please visit: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/narrative-eye-5015825713

 For more information, please contact info@narrative-eye.org.uk



BLACK HISTORY MONTH

PAST EVENTS


AFRICAN TUDORS AT THE BARBER INSTITUTE 

Wednesday 8th October 2014 1pm-2pm


Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TS


Join the historian Onyeka at the iconic Barber Institute of Fine Arts. With a backdrop of stunning artwork from Renaissance Europe, Onyeka will take guests on a fascinating exploration of the African experience of Tudor England. 
 


AFRICAN PRESENCE - A CELEBRATION 

Wednesday 8th October 2014 6pm-9pm


African Caribbean Self-Help Centre, 104 Heathfield Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B19 1HJ
 

Narrative Eye visits the African Caribbean Self Help Centre as they celebrate 50 years of serving the community. Being home to one of the first African Saturday schools in the UK, the African Caribbean Self-Help Centre has become an important institution in Britain. 

 

What were the communities of African people like in Tudor England? Were they settled in Birmingham? Where are they now? The historian Onyeka will answer these questions and more during this special evening. 
 

TUDOR LIVES: AFRICAN PEOPLE IN PORT TOWNS

Thursday 16th October 2014 6pm-7.30pm


M Shed Museum, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 4RN

Port towns such as Bristol, were pivotal to the development and success of England as an early major trading nation. During the Tudor period, these towns demonstrated a cultural diversity that is not often explored. During this talk at the M Shed Museum, the historian Onyeka will discuss the African experience in Tudor England and explore the status of African people at this time. 



THE BLACK IMAGE - SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY 

Friday 24th October 2014 5.30pm-8pm


Abbey Conference Suite - Southwark Campus, 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA


Join the Narrative Eye team at London South Bank University, where guest speakers will explore the portrayal of African people in visual media over the centuries.

 

For more information visit: http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/whats-on/the-black-image-24102014



BLACK PRESENCE IN BRITAIN

Tuesday 28th October  2014 6.30pm-9.30pm


Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, Executive Suite, 39 London Road, Enfield Town, EN2 6DS

Contact: Enfield Unison Black Members Group 020 8367 9129


A celebration of the diversity of culture, tradition and history. Enjoy an evening of diverse food, entertainment, specially invited speakers and lots more. Join us to share your ideas, stories, knowledge and life experiences – everyone is welcome.

BLACKAMOORES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON

Wednesday 29th October  2014 6pm-8pm


Huxley 400, Moulsecoomb Campus, Lewes Rd, Brighton BN2 4AT


The historian Onyeka visits Brighton to discuss the presence and status of African people in Tudor England.

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