Chadwick Boseman in his Black Panther movie costume

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Events in October

October is Black History Month. To celebrate, join us for these free online events. All events will be held online, either via Microsoft Teams or Zoom. You will need to register in advance or request an invite for some events, see event for further information.

Don't miss Tuup of Transglobal Underground and flautist Keith Waithe team up in this musical story for BHM.


Events


Monday 19 October
7pm

Robin Walker

Twelve Black History Icons During the Slave Trade Period

This inspirational multi-media presentation documents the brilliant careers of high achieving Blacks during the LEAST favourable era for them to have flourished: The Slave Trade.

These influencers excelled as mathematicians, engineers, soldiers, writers, intellectuals, artists and composers. They left behind tangible legacies that we still admire today. The content begins with Juan Latino (sixteenth century) and ends with Mary Lewis (nineteenth century).

Robin Walker, also known as The Black History Man, is one of the UK's most pre-eminent African scholars. Born in London Walker read economics at LSE before studying African World Studies under Dr Femi Biko and later Kenny Bakie. Since 1992 Robin has been lecturing in adult education, universities and conferences on African World Studies, Egyptology and Black History.

Robin has authored or co-authored 13 books, including classic titles such as Classical Splendour, Roots of Black History Sword, Seal and Koran, the best study there has ever been on the Songhai Empire of West Africa (Everyday life in a West African Empire). Perhaps his most notable and critically acclaimed work is the title When We Ruled, which is hailed as the single most advanced historical synthesis on the history of Africa and its people to date. This established Walker as a leading authority on African studies in the English-speaking world.

Microsoft Teams meeting, Monday 19 October at 7pm
Email Dionne.Anderson@lbhf.gov.uk for your invite.
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Wednesday 21 October
7pm

Black History Studies

African History before the slave trade: A Hidden History

Did any part of the African continent have any history before 1641?  This date is generally thought to be the start of the transatlantic slave trade.  Black History Studies presents a fascination presentation of the little-known facts about Africa’s extensive history which will amaze all who attend.

Join the Zoom Meeting on Wednesday 21 October at 7pm
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Thursday 22 October
7pm

Black British History: 70 Years of Music and Struggle (1948-2018)

Robin Walker delivers an engrossing fun multi-media presentation of 70 eventful years of Modern Black British Heritage.

The content covers: The political and civil rights struggles that enabled Black Britons to gain acceptance in Mainstream British Culture.

How Black British Music evolved from Calypso to Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Lovers Rock, British Soul, Jungle, UK Garage, and Grime.

How Black Britain influenced the lifestyles of the Host Communities: Mods, Skinheads, Punks, 2 Tone Heads, and Chavs.

Robin Walker, author of When We Ruled, is the foremost historian and writer on all matters related to ancient and medieval African history.

Microsoft Teams meeting, Thursday 22 October at 7pm
Email Dionne.Anderson@lbhf.gov.uk for your invite.
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Friday 23 October
7pm

Avril Nanton / Robin Walker

QUIZ: So You Think You know About Black History

Fun Interactive quiz that all will enjoy.

So You Think You Know About Black British History? is a new Windrush-era quiz put together by Avril Nanton and Robin Walker to test your history knowledge about Black British History.

Robin Walker is an author who has written many books on Black History and also runs courses on Black History throughout the year. His best known work is "When We Ruled". He has many books on sale on Amazon covering various topics relating to the Black community including "Black History Matters" and "Black British History".

Avril Nanton is a professional tour guide who focuses on the black heritage of London, in particular Black statues that represent Black Londoners.

This quiz will tax your brain (but not too much we hope!). So why not come along to see how much you know (the questions are not that hard - honestly!) and have some fun too. Robin will give the answers and will also give some information about some of the answers so you get to know more about Black history as you play the game.

Join the Zoom Meeting on Friday 23 October at 7pm
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Meeting ID: 933 2333 1139
Passcode: 381072



Image caption: Jack Johnson

Monday 26 October
7pm

Avril Nanton

Jack Johnson Hero or Villain First Black Heavyweight Champion of the World 1908

In 1908 Jack Johnson became the world's first Black heavyweight Champion of the world. He was notorious in every way - dating white women, fighting white men to gain the championship - all of which made him 'Enemy No. 1' with the authorities, the white American population, as well as the Black population.

So how did he become so unpopular with so many yet popular with everybody all at the same time? Come and hear his story - it's not all about boxing!

Join the Zoom Meeting on Monday 26 October at 7pm
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Meeting ID: 961 2057 0033
Passcode: 437754


Tuesday 27 October
7pm

Black History Studies

Virtual Black History Tour of the British Museum

Black History Studies lead a Black History Tour of the British Museum highlighting artefacts of African History held in the Museum. Because of COVID-19, these tours have obviously been postponed.

In this presentation, we will take you to the same artefacts, journey together through the British Museum and further afield, to learn about African civilisations such as Ancient Egypt, Nubia and much more.

Register for the Zoom Meeting before Tuesday 27 October at 7pm
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Wednesday 28 October
7pm

Back by popular demand...

Peter Parkin’s Windrush Day presentation

​​On a cloudy Tuesday in June, 72 years ago, the HMT Empire Windrush (originally the MV Monte Rosa passenger liner and cruise ship) completed its 8,000mile crossing from the Caribbean to finally dock at Tilbury in Essex. On board: young men and women eager to put much needed elbow grease into the British economy.

Britain, having lifted its head from the horrors of World War II, found itself with a serious labour shortage. These fine young West Indians (the term used at the time) were actively encouraged and indeed invited by the British Government to come to the UK and take up the overabundant job vacancies on offer that were not being filled.

It is accepted generally that the arrival of the 500 plus Caribbean's (men, women and children) in 1948 aboard the big ship Windrush was a landmark in time and core to the formation of cosmopolitan Britain that we all know today.

Delivered to high acclaim from colleagues in our Windrush Day event earlier this year, join Peter as he talks about Windrush Day, its history and the people who made it all happen.

Microsoft Teams meeting on Wednesday 28 October at 7pm
Email Dionne.Anderson@lbhf.gov.uk for your invite.
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You can also read Peter’s Windrush Day article here



Image caption: Andrew Muhammad

Friday 30 October
Lunchtime special 12 noon to 2pm

The Afrikan Origins of the United Kingdom

Join Andrew Muhammad aka THE INVESTIGATOR as we examine the true history and origins of the United Kingdom. With the push of Black Lives Matter and the pressure on Government to update the school curriculum, it's vital that we now do our own research and uncover the missing pages of our UK Black history. This event promises to surprise many and shock others. So, buckle your seatbelts because this will be an unforgettable journey!!!!

Register for the Zoom Meeting before Friday 30 October
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Past events



Image caption: Michael Ohajuru

Thursday 1 October
7.30pm

Introduction to Black Presence in the National Galleries in London

Presenter: Michael Ohajuru

There is a Black presence in many of the paintings in the nation’s national art collections in London. That presence takes many different forms. Black people are depicted as kings, queens, as musicians, as slaves, servants, saints and sometimes just as people and even as artists in their own right. That Black presence is in most cases explicit though not necessarily immediate and sometimes the presence has to teased out.

This presentation introduces you to that Black Presence.

Michael Ohajuru is a Fellow of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and holds honours degrees in Physics and Art History.

Michael is an Arts blogger who specializes in the Black African presence in Renaissance Europe in particular the Black Magus in Adorations images from the period. He regularly writes on these matters and also speaks on those themes at the Victoria & Albert Museum (where his work is referenced), the British Library and other institutions.

Join the Zoom Meeting on Thursday 1 Oct at 7.30pm
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Meeting ID: 824 9185 8741
Passcode: 445763



Image caption: Andrew Muhammad

Friday 2 October
6.30pm

Marvel Comics Black Panther Breakdown

The Hidden Truth of Black Panther. A fascinating breakdown of the hit 2018 film.

Presenter: Andrew Muhammad aka THE INVESTIGATOR.

Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios, it is the 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Andrew Muhammad aka 'The Investigator' will decode this movie in one of his renowned movie breakdowns, uncovering the hidden truths and meanings behind Wakanda and all its characters! The Investigator will review the hidden African symbolism, spirituality and civilisations. He will breakdown where the movie fits in a historical and current context, specifically looking at the political significance and the role of African women.

Andrew Muhammad is one of the UK's leading Black History and Culture Specialists. His lively, energetic presentations are designed to bring forth history and culture allowing for a more enriched awareness of African contributions and achievements within society.

Register for the Zoom Meeting before Friday 2 Oct at 6.30pm
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Monday 5 October
7pm

Black History Studies  

The Amazing History of Black People in London before 1948

Black History Studies was launched in March 2007 by husband and wife team Mark and Charmaine Simpson who noticed that the community wanted to learn about history from an African perspective.

This fascinating presentation by Black History Studies focuses on the hidden history of London and the contributions made by people of African and Caribbean descent to London in the areas of Literature, Politics, Music and Health & Welfare before 1948. Most people believe that Black people only came here in 1948. Black people have lived in Britain since Roman times. Moors were a common sight in Elizabethan England. There were great Black personalities in 18th and 19th century Britain. This presentation tells their story.

Register for the Zoom Meeting before Monday 5 October at 7pm
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Image caption: Robin Walker

Thursday 8 October
7pm

Robin Walker

When We Ruled: Thousands of Years of a Visible African Heritage

What history did Black People have before the slave trade? What was a typical African city like? What were the public and private buildings? What products did Africans make? Whom did they sell them to? This multi-media presentation addresses these questions. The societies covered are the Songhai Empire, the Swahili Confederation, the Ancient Nile Valley, and Ancient & Mediaeval Ethiopia.

Robin Walker, also known as The Black History Man, is one of the UK's most pre-eminent African scholars. Born in London Walker read economics at LSE before studying African World Studies under Dr Femi Biko and later Kenny Bakie. Since 1992 Robin has been lecturing in adult education, universities and conferences on African World Studies, Egyptology and Black History.

Robin has authored or co-authored 13 books, including classic titles such as Classical Splendour, Roots of Black History Sword, Seal and Koran, the best study there has ever been on the Songhai Empire of West Africa (Everyday life in a West African Empire). Perhaps his most notable and critically acclaimed work is the title When We Ruled, which is hailed as the single most advanced historical synthesis on the history of Africa and its people to date. This established Walker as a leading authority on African studies in the English-speaking world.

Join the Microsoft Teams meeting, Thursday 8 October at 7pm
How to join a Zoom or Microsoft Teams meeting
Email Dionne.Anderson@lbhf.gov.uk for your invite.


Friday 9 October
7pm

Black History Studies

Black Couples Who Made World History

Can you Name 10 Black married couples who have contributed to world history?

Throughout history, there are many Black men and women who have joined together in marriage and have contributed to World History. Often their contribution as a couple have been overlooked and not celebrated. There have been attempts to destroy the institution of marriage and to break families apart but Black families have been able to stay together and survive during difficult times in history.

In this presentation, Black History Studies team husband and wife team Mark and Charmaine Simpson will focus on royalty, liberators, activists, educators and musicians who have altered the course of history. Clearly there is a need to give a balance against the negative messages and images that surround Black relationships.

Register for the Zoom Meeting before Friday 9 October at 7pm
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Monday 12 October
7pm

Robin Walker

Why Black History Matters in a Decolonised Curriculum

Among which groups of people did scientific and technological discoveries first appear? With the current demands to decolonise the curriculum, this becomes a key question.

This presentation shows how the presence (or absence) of Black History and Heritage changes and how we all interpret the world. Most people know of the intellectual discoveries that originated in Europe. Some concede that key discoveries also came from Asia. However, few are aware of ANY intellectual contributions that came from Africa. This presentation fills this gap. It also points the way forward on how the curriculum can truly be decolonised.

Robin Walker, also known as The Black History Man, is one of the UK's most pre-eminent African scholars. Born in London Walker read economics at LSE before studying African World Studies under Dr Femi Biko and later Kenny Bakie. Since 1992 Robin has been lecturing in adult education, universities and conferences on African World Studies, Egyptology and Black History.

Robin has authored or co-authored 13 books, including classic titles such as Classical Splendour, Roots of Black History Sword, Seal and Koran, the best study there has ever been on the Songhai Empire of West Africa (Everyday life in a West African Empire). Perhaps his most notable and critically acclaimed work is the title When We Ruled, which is hailed as the single most advanced historical synthesis on the history of Africa and its people to date. This established Walker as a leading authority on African studies in the English-speaking world.

Join the Microsoft Teams meetingMonday 12 October at 7pm
How to join a Zoom or Microsoft Teams meeting
Email Dionne.Anderson@lbhf.gov.uk for your invite. 



Image caption: Ann Zingha, Queen of Matamba

Tuesday 13 October
7pm

Black History Studies

Queens and Great Women of Ancient and Mediaeval Africa

This fascinating presentation from Black History Studies team husband and wife team Mark and Charmaine Simpson will focus on and  will address the following questions:

  • Were ancient African societies matriarchal?
  • What role did Black women have in pre-history?
  • Who were the Queens and Great Women of Ancient and Mediaeval Africa?

The topics covered are the Rock Paintings of the Sahara, Pharaoh Hatshepsut, the Queen of Sheba, Ngola Ann Nzinga and many more.

Register for the Zoom Meeting before Tuesday 13 October at 7pm
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Image caption: Avril Nanton

Wednesday 14 October
7pm

Avril Nanton

Born of Good Intentions: The Life and Times of Black Victorian Children in a Dr Barnardo’s Home

This presentation looks at the life and times of Black Victorian Children who were taken in by Dr Barnardo's, one of the first people to take in Black children during the Victorian era (1863).

Why did they end up there? Where were their parents? What happened to the children? Each child is looked at and their life is discussed by historian and tour guide, Avril Nanton.

Join the Zoom Meeting on Wednesday 14 October at 7pm
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Meeting ID: 989 9203 3343
Passcode: 049621



Image caption: Gideon Springer

Thursday 15 October
12 noon

World Class Manager forum Presents: An hour with Gideon Springer former Chief Superintendent Borough Commander for H&F

Gideon Springer joined the MPS in 1988 and served as a PC until 1994 in Tottenham.

He was promoted to Sergeant and moved to Golders Green where he worked in the NW Area Murder Investigation Team and ran their Burglary Squad. He was promoted to inspector in 1996 and served on many Boroughs and in the CID. He spent a year at New Scotland Yard, at the time of the Stephen Lawrence Enquiry. In 2002 he was promoted to Chief Inspector. Too much to mention here but he returned to the MPS in December 2011 and was promoted to Chief Superintendent in 2014 and took up the post of Borough Commander for H&F, retiring from this post in 2018. He has also been a member of the Black Police Association for over 25 years and an Executive member for the last 5 years of his service. He brings a wealth of experience in what should be a really good debate and honest dialogue.

We would like to welcome you to an hour with Gideon Springer former Police Chief Superintendent and Borough Commander for H&F.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear Gideon talk about how he moved up the ranks in the Police Force and what was his motivation. 
  • Hear how he has been involved with working with the Black Community around race inequalities. 
  • Hear what it was like working through the Stephen Lawrence MacPherson inquiry and challenges he faced with the Black community. 
  • Opportunity to ask an ex Senior Police officer any questions in a Q&A session. 

Microsoft Teams meeting, Thursday 15 October at 12 noon
Email valerie.simpson@lbhf.gov.uk for your invite.
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Image caption: Robin Walker

Thursday 15 October
7pm

Robin Walker

Tutankhamen’s Black History

Who was Pharaoh Tutankhamen? Where did he fit into history?  What is the connection between him, the ancient people of Egypt and Black history? Why are these such controversial and divisive issues?

The topics covered are the Ancient Egyptians as seen by the Classical scholars, the physical anthropological evidence, the portrait statues, the Cairo Symposium of 1974, and the Amarna mummy research.

Robin Walker, also known as The Black History Man, is one of the UK's most pre-eminent African scholars. Born in London Walker read economics at LSE before studying African World Studies under Dr Femi Biko and later Kenny Bakie. Since 1992 Robin has been lecturing in adult education, universities and conferences on African World Studies, Egyptology and Black History.

Robin has authored or co-authored 13 books, including classic titles such as Classical Splendour, Roots of Black History Sword, Seal and Koran, the best study there has ever been on the Songhai Empire of West Africa (Everyday life in a West African Empire). Perhaps his most notable and critically acclaimed work is the title When We Ruled, which is hailed as the single most advanced historical synthesis on the history of Africa and its people to date. This established Walker as a leading authority on African studies in the English-speaking world.

Microsoft Teams meeting, Thursday 15 October at 7pm
Email Dionne.Anderson@lbhf.gov.uk for your invite.
How to join a Zoom or Microsoft Teams meeting


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