Walks, Talks & Films on the African History of London
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Black History Walks offer guided Walking Tours London to include the African history of London. The walks take place in 8 different areas from February to November and last about two hours. Private walks also available on request, at times to suit your Primary/Secondary School, University, Birthday Party or Staff group. Discover 2000 years of London's Black History! As featured in USA Today
View our superb, monthly African Odysseys Films or our walks, talks and courses HERE
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- African Odysseys Windrush Women all day film event at BFI 23rd June HERE
- Black Panther's African history + the books to prove it (TALK) Saturday June 2nd HERE
- Black presence in the National Gallery (walk) Sunday June 24th HERE
- Black Saints, white worshippers (talk) Wednesday19 September
- Black British Civil Rights (Talk) 25th October HERE
- Trafagar Square walk Saturday 21st July 10am HERE
- Black Power Women of Brixton walk Sunday July 8th 1pm HERE
- Secrets of Soho walk Saturday 21st July 1pm HERE
- Hackney walk Sunday July 29th 10am HERE St Pauls/Bank walk Sunday 22nd July 1.30pm
- The Amazing James Baldwin 6 week course from May 21 HERE
- Black Women Resistance Leaders : Political and Spiritual, 6 week course May 22 HERE
- Notting Hill walk Sunday July 22nd 10.30am HERE
- West India Dock/Canary Wharf and Bus Tours on demand
- Full description of each walk HERE
Quotes from previous walkers
'A brisk, informative stroll through the heart of the British Empire. Our cheerful and intellectually generous tour guide, led us through narrow alleyways and past Roman ruins, within halls constructed by powerful guilds; in the process, he revealed to us both the many layers of British history and the often unacknowledged cultural multiplicity at its core. The tour was exciting, informative and allowed everyone across age, interest, and temperament to participate and learn. It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it for all.' Professor Caroline Brown, University of Montreal, Canada.
'A truly inspiring day, filled with information I may have NEVER been aware of, if it was not for attending this walk. The friendly intellectually amazing tour guide relayed facts that I would have had to research for months to be aware of. I would URGE any and everyone, of all ages to attend - a great, fun, educational day out.' Isschara Maxine, London
I just wanted to let you know that the students REALLY enjoyed the tour yesterday. I polled them in class and everyone overwhelmingly had positive things to say. They particularly enjoyed how you incorporated modern day information into the tour. They said it was extremely informative and made it seem all really relevant. And today it was great listening to them as they walked around central London, noticing some of the things you'd pointed out. So, your work was very well received. Well done and thank you! Lori Tharps, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Journalism, Temple University, USA
You may hear this often, but many of my students named your tour as the best element of the trip last time. Nancy Comerau, Assistant Professor of English, Ohio Wesleyan University, USA
Absolutely brilliant lecture and walk yesterday. Students were really energized. Thanks so much. Bill Mullen, Professor of English and American Studies, Purdue University, USA
"Our guide's encyclopedic knowledge of the area, and his passion for black history, made for a rich and detailed learning experience. He was friendly and engaging, frequently involving the students in dialogue and relating his points to places and subjects that are familiar to them. The students were fascinated throughout and learned a great deal. We recommend this tour most highly!" Rebecca Whisnant, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Director of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Dayton, USA
Thank you for organizing a wonderful walking tour for my students. You are incredibly knowledgeable, and it was such a joy to hear your take on things. The students loved this field trip. You did an excellent job relating the history, culture, and social contributions of Black and Afro-Caribbean people in a fun and lively way while still emphasizing the seriousness and importance of this often overlooked aspect of British life. I could not have asked for a better supplement to my Sociology course on race, identity, and culture. I really appreciate you helping make the class so special and look forward to arranging another. William Force, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Western New England University
What an amazing tour! It completely moved me to rethink the intricate web of social, economic and political relations that characterize British imperial rule and racial politics. Engaging, moving, will keep you asking more questions. The best way to get to know London. Alai Reyes-Santos, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon
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We also offer Films and Talks on a variety of African-centred topics all year long, to complement our Walking Tours London.
The talks are interactive, multi-media presentations designed to suit, schools, universities, staff associations, community groups and public events.
We arrange monthly public film screenings African Odysseys at the BFI (British Film Institute) Southbank and at Phoenix cinema.
We provide teacher and parent training, inset days and run long and short term interventions in primary/secondary schools, with classes or individual pupils. We work with 'at-risk' youth and run workshops in Young Offenders Institutes, Secure Units and with probationers.
" Is there really any Black History in London ? The Windrush only got here in 1948!" One of the most interesting things about the African influence in Britain is that it is all around us...Click on Read More below to continue.