Race equality and Black History cultural events

    Introduction to the programme of events

    Following the tragic death of George Floyd ​in May 2020, the council showcased a number of Black History, experience and cultural events during October 2020 for Black History Month. These events have continued each month to raise awareness and to complement the work that the council is doing around race equality.

    The council are leading the way in developing and promoting widely a calendar of events which can be appreciated by all and which are accessible and informative both to the workforce and our residents, schools, academies and other educational institutions, suppliers and stakeholders to enhance learning and education for all.

    Peter Parkin, our race equality lead for the H&F Experience and Black History Network, has worked in conjunction with presenters such as Robin Walker, Avril Walker, Black History Studies and others to provide a varied programme of culture, entertainment, honest dialogue and education.

    To book for an individual event or to join our mailing list for future race equality and Black History cultural events please register via the online form or email Neema Lyimo neema.lyimo@lbhf.gov.uk 

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    Events in 2021

     
    • 23 June 2021 - What did early East Africa contribute to science and technology?(Presented by Robin Walker at 6pm on Microsoft Teams)
    • 22 Jul 2021
      What did African Americans contribute to science and technology?
      (Presented by Robin Walker at 6pm on Microsoft Teams)
    • 18 Aug 2021
      Was slavery a choice? A historian replies to Mr West
      (Presented by Robin Walker at 6pm on Microsoft Teams)
    • 23 Sep 2021
      Twelve great Africans of the last two hundred years
      (Presented by Robin Walker at 6pm on Microsoft Teams)
    • Oct 2021
      How to Get Black History into schools and stay within the National Curriculum
      (Presented by Robin Walker at 6pm on Microsoft Teams)
    • Oct 2021
      Programme of BHM 2021 events throughout the month - TBC

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    Past events

    Thursday 20 May, 6pm

    What did Early West Africa contribute to science and technology?

    Join us for another fascinating session as 'The Black History Man' Robin Walker speaks on another area of Black History that you may not find elsewhere.

    The scientific and technological history of early Africa is a new and exciting area of research; far from being the technological backwater that it is frequently presented as, early Africans made important and respectable contributions to the evolution of mathematics, astronomy, medicine and surgery, metallurgy and navigation. Moreover, enslaved Africans brought these technologies to the western world. The rediscovery of early manuscripts at African intellectual centres such as Timbuktu is helping to drive the reconstruction of early African scientific endeavour.

    Book your place for What did Early West Africa contribute to science and technology?.


    Tuesday 25 May, 1-3pm

    George Floyd: A Year On...

    Join the BAME Pan-London conference titled ‘A Year On… ’for a panel discussion and Q&A session about the impact that George Floyd’s death has had over the last 12 months

    The panel will discuss how their organisations, processes and ideas have adapted to influence change for BAME communities across London. Local authority officers across London will also have the opportunity to share best practice.

    Sign up for 'A Year On...'


    Tuesday 25 May, 5pm

    Q&A session about the impact that George Floyd’s death

    Peter Parkin and his Black History, Experience and Culture Staff Working Group have arranged for Judith Jacob to be joined by a panel of special guests (Lee Lawrence, Gideon Springer, Patrick Vernon, Sheba Montserrat and Keith Palmer) for a panel discussion and Q&A session about the impact that George Floyd’s death has had over the last 12 months.

    Sign up for this Q&A here.


    Wednesday 26 May, 6pm

    I can’t breathe: 8 minutes, 46 seconds that changed the world

    Mervyn Weir, the author of the book ‘I can’t breathe: 8 minutes, 46 seconds that changed the world’ will be joining us to talk about this featured book. The event will focus on how the world has changed since the Murder of George Floyd and look at a short video and key passages from the book, with other invited guests. You can order a copy of the book here.

    Sign up for this book event here.


    Friday 28 May, 11.30am-1pm

    Celebrating Black Voices in memory of George Floyd

    No need to register, just join the event on Zoom.

    Thursday 22 Apr, 6pm

    Queens of the Nile and Nigeria

    (Presented by Robin Walker at 6pm on Microsoft Teams)
    In this presentation, Robin Walker ‘The Black History Man’ shows that Black women’s history is bigger than Mary Seacole. Some of the best documented chapters in the history of Black women are in early Nigeria, ancient Egypt, and the ancient Sudan. There are powerful monuments commissioned by women, inscriptions written by them, and portrait sculptures of authority and beauty. This presentation brings this history and heritage of Black women alive.