Black History Month Events 2011

Black History Month Events 2011
Black History Month Events 2011

Working with Men presents:

International Men’s Day concert  22nd November 2011 at London’s famous Jazz Café.

Doors open at 6.30pm show starts at 7.00pm

Live performances from Jazz Jamaica and Funky DL (other artists to be confirmed)


Working with men is an award winning charity supporting positive male activity, engagement and involvement, our work includes tackling conflict and knife related incidents in schools and in the community, Raising the attainment levels of boys in school, Support for single mothers of boys, programmes encouraging fathers into school to read with their children and tackling racial violence and issues of identity among young people. More recently we have begun working with women’s groups on issues related to safer relationships and mediation.

 Get your tickets today for a night of great music and all for a great cause!


Tickets £25- £30 on the night

The jazz cafe website is the easiest place to buy:


Also at…

HMV tickets (24 hour) – 0843 221 0100

Ticketmaster (24 hour) – 0844 847 2514

SEE tickets (24 hour) – 0870 060 3777

Restaurant – 0207 688 8899


Or in person from our box office (10:30am till 5pm, Mon – Sat) or 0207 237 5353


Our film club is still firing away in Brixton: Thanks to all who attended last week’s History of Carnival film night.

This week we return bigger and better .
The film this Monday night 24th of October  is “Calypso Dreams”   –

a celebration of the Calypsonians, Featuring Lord Kitchener and the Mighty Sparrow

with commentary from David Raudder and Harry Belafonte


Also, photo gallery of Notting Hill Carnival from 1967 to present day?


Doors Open 7.00 pm Limited seats so please book early.

The event is Free but in Aid of Sickle Cell Charity, all donations welcome

Doors open a 7.30 @ Living 443 Coldharbour Lane Brixton SW9 8LN

This Saturday Mo Bacchus, our most talented designer is holding her Brixton Fashion Fair at the Satay and Living Bars on Coldharbour Lane, Brixton (see attached).

We finish with a series of first class events. On Sunday 30th October we are having a ‘Tribute to the Life of Cherry Groce’ at the Ritzy Cinema. This is an absolute must brought to you by the family and friends, particularly Lee Lawrence, Cherry’s youngest son! The best Lover’s Rock artists, a play about her life by her sister, Lorna G, poetry, comedy, in fact, the bill is so full I don’t know how they are going to get through it.

For your information, we are planning to recognise Cherry Groce and Cynthia Jarrett’s role in our community’s history by erecting Nubian Jak blue plaques on their respective houses, next Easter. Look out for that in 2012 in addition to things we will be doing to celebrate Jamaica 50 and the Olympics!

To finish off this years BHM please attend our illustrious brother, Steve Martin’s:


How did enslaved labour affect British expansion in the Atlantic world?

What opportunities were available to free Black sailors in the age of sail?

How did responses to Black communities settled in Britain’s port cities inform later discourse on race and nationality?

To mark Black History Month, the National Maritime Museum is hosting a study day to commemorate the role of sailors of African origin in Britain’s naval and merchant fleets. From the enslaved cabin-boy Olaudah Equiano to the frigate captain John Perkins, Black seafarers served in Britain’s naval and merchant fleets for over 300 years.

By introducing the latest research trends, the day aims to challenge popular perceptions of the topic by bringing together academics and researchers to examine the opportunities and mobility offered by naval and merchant fleets as well their reliance on enslaved labour and how these factors influenced British expansion overseas and minority populations at home.

Cost £30/£20 Lunch is included.


Speakers include

Dr Ray Costello is a research associate of National Museums Liverpool and a board member of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery.

Ray has been involved with many media programmes on Black British history, his latest book being Black Salt: Seafarers of African Descent on British Ships, which examines the contribution of seamen of African origin especially their part in the battle of Trafalgar.

He was a former Race Equality Adviser for Liverpool Education Authority Inspection Department.

Dr Caroline Bressey graduated from the University of Cambridge with BA Honours in Geography. In 1998 she joined the UCL Geography department as postgraduate student and was awarded her PhD Forgotten Geographies: Historical Geographies of Black Women in Victorian and Edwardian London in 2003. Between 2003 and 2007 Caroline continued to research the Black Presence in Victorian Britain and the role of the anti-racist community as an ESRC postdoctoral student and research fellow. In 2007 she became a lecturer in human geography and founded the Equiano Centre to support research into the Black Presence in Britain. In 2009 she was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize.


If you truly wish to be informed and educated you must attend this event at one of the Pepys Heritage Centre’s partner organisations.My final recommendation is that you try to attend one of these two events taking place on the evening of the 8th of November 2011.  The first is to mark the United Nations ‘International Year of People of African Descent’ (all of my events have been dedicated thus!), being held at the Institute of Education’s Jeffery Hall from 6pm -8pm  entitled, Black British History in Schools and Universities. This event is being put on by organisations in which I am involved including, the Black and Asian Studies Association and the Black Cultural Archives. Don’t forget the BCA National Heritage Centre is just about to commence construction in Windrush Square, Brixton and is due for completion in late 2012.

Additionally, the BCA and the George Padmore Institute are showing the film, ‘The Mangrove 9’ at 7.00pm at the Karibu Centre, 7  Gresham Road,S.W.9 Brixton the same evening. Now people believe that I am able to be in two places at once, so intend to be at both these events!

Now the above and the attached are by no means a comprehensive list of events. These are ones that I’m recommending. I’m sure there are many very commendable ones taking place that I haven’t listed but I’m sure you’ll get much education, stimulation and edification from these.

My very final act is to report from Jessicca and Erica Huntley:

‘With a heavy heart we wish to inform you that our son dear Ken Karl Huntley passed away on 12 October, aged 60.

The funeral service will be held on 25 October at 11 a.m. at the Hanwell Seventh Day Adventist Church, 60 Greenford Avenue, W7 3QP. Followed by burial in Greenford Park Cemetery, Windmill Lane, Greenford. The reception will be held at St Mary’s Church Hall, Greenford Avenue, W7 3QP.

Whilst we understand that you may wish to purchase a floral tribute we are asking that in lieu of flowers that contributions are made to ‘CAPE’ a community organisation (Registered Charity, no. 1064778/0) that Karl was fond of.’

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