Black Peoples Day of Action: 30 Years On

March 2 2011, 7 - 10pm

BlackHistoryWalks, Nu-Beyond, Positive Mental Attitude Community College & Lewisham Black Staff Forum are hosting a series of events to mark 30 years of Black resistance and transcendence in the UK. This will be tied in with the United Nations declaration that this is the Year of People of African Descent, so we have decided to utilise this moment to make our collective position known.

Our first event will be The Black People’s Day Of Action: Remembered 30 years On, which takes place at the Civic Suite, Catford, London on Wednesday March 2nd (see flier for full details). This will be followed by a series of BLAK Friday specials @ The PMACC on the 2nd and last Friday of each month throughout the year where the focus will be on our local and global struggles against white racism as Afrikan people (full details to follow).

We will also be hosting larger events celebrating the outstanding achievements of some of the stalwarts in our communities including Prof Gus John (May), Mavis Best (TBC), Dame Sybil Phoenix (June) & others TBC.

See Below for list of 14 events up to October

30 Years of Remembrance/Resistance: A series of events organised by community groups to recognise the social, cultural, legal and political significance of the New Cross Fire, The Back Peoples Day of Action and the Brixton Uprisings which all took place in 1981. 2011 is also United Nations International Year for People of African Descent. For more details of the events listed below contact info@nubeyond.com or info@blackhistorywalks.co.uk more events to be added, check this page every 10 days

March 2 Wednesday
Black Peoples Day of Action: 30 Years On

Speakers: Professor Gus John, Menelik Shabbaz, Mavis Best, Mia Morris Dr Lez Henry ,Elder Hera Kuti speak on how the march was organised, the day itself and its effect upon Britain plus spoken word and screening of Blood Ah go Run
7-10pm 240 seat, Lewishan Civic Centre, Catford SE6 4RU Entry: Free

www.nubeyond.com, www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

March 11 Friday. (Blak Friday with Nubeyond)
400 Years of Black British Civil Rights:

Speaker: Black History Walks presents interactive audio/visual evidence on the African presence in England from 1596 onwards and how they fought for equality 7.30-10.30pm Positive Mental Attitude Community College, 26 Admiralty Close, Reginald Square, SE8 4SS www.pmacc.co.uk: £8.00 waged, £5.00 Concessions Entry

www.nubeyond.com, www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

March 19 Saturday
Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend

A brand new documentary on this reggae icon whose political lyrics inspired the black community through the 70’s and 80’s. His African consciousness and Rastafari teachings informed a new generation about Marcus Garvey, Paul Bogle and the spirit of resistance in the struggles against apartheid in Zimbabwe and the Sus laws in Brixton. Produced ny Esther Anderson and Gian Cody 11am-1pm at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE1.Tickets £7.00. Need to book in advance

www.bfi.org.uk www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

March 25 Friday (Blak Friday with Nubeyond)
400 Years of Black Women Resistance Fighters

International women’s day is 8 March 2011
Speaker: Black History Walks presents 45 unheralded black women from around the world and their contribution to world history. Generals, spies, politicians, ,astronauts, community leaders, women you’ve never heard of are revealed and given their true place in history
7.30-10.30pm Positive Mental Attitude Community College,26 Admiralty Close, Reginald Square, SE8 4SS www.pmacc.co.uk

Entry: £8.00 waged, £5.00 unwaged

www.nubeyond.com, www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

April 9 Saturday
Blood Ah Go Run plus Masterclass with Director Menelik Shabbaz

Classic footage of the Black Peoples Day of Action March 2nd 1981 the biggest political action by African/Caribbean people

there has ever been when 20,000 marched from New Cross to Central London dealing with police brutality and Fleet street journalists that spat on them and gave Nazi salutes. Plus extended interview on grassroots film-making, political activism and the way forward 11am-1pm at 450 seat BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE1. Tickets £7.00. Need to book in advance

www.bfi.org.uk www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

April 9 Saturday
The Story of Lovers Rock plus Q & A with Menelik Shabbaz

The premiere screening of the only documentary on Lovers Rock. At a time when BBC refused to play reggae on the radio and nightclubs had an open ban on black people, Lovers Rock provided sounds and lyrics to uplift the soul against the oppression. It was the glue that kept the black community alive through decades of official government abuse. Reggae Britannia recently sold out and when the Lovers Rock section came on the crowd went wild . Directed by Menelik Shabbaz 2-5pm at 450 seat BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE. www,bfi.org.uk Tickets £7.00. Need to book in advance

www.bfi.org.uk www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

April 15 Friday (Blak Friday with Nubeyond)
Sound Systems as Cultural Resistance

Speaker: Dr Lez Henry on how black music was used to inform and liberate in 1980’s Britain. Black people were banned from clubs and black promoters found it hard to get venues. The solution , mobile sound systems which would move around London playing particular beats and lyrics that kept the community alive and informed
7.30-10.30pm Positive Mental Attitude Community College,26 Admiralty Close, Reginald Square, SE8 4SS www.pmacc.co.uk
Entry: £8.00 waged, £5.00 concessions

www.nubeyond.com, www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

April 29th Friday (Blak Friday with Nubeyond)
Topic: The Infinity of black history

Speaker Paul Obinna creator of the 8000 year African timeline www.hogarth-blake.com
7.30-10.30pm Positive Mental Attitude Community College,26 Admiralty Close, Reginald Square, SE8 4SS www.pmacc.co.uk
Entry £8.00 waged, £5.00 unwaged
www.nubeyond.com, www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

May 13th Friday (Blak Friday with Nubeyond)
30 years of Mental Health

Speaker: Matilda Macattram Director of Black Mental Health UK www.blackmentalhealth.org.uk on attitudes and realities then and now. Many young black people in the 1980’s were misdiagnosed and sectioned in institutions while overdosed with drugs. Picking or washing rice was seen as mentally deficient at the same time the pressure of dealing with racism drove some people insane. 7.30-10.30pm Positive Mental Attitude Community College, 26 Admiralty Close, Reginald Square, SE8 4SS www.pmacc.co.uk
Entry £8.00 waged, £5.00 unwaged
www.nubeyond.com, www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

May 27 Friday ( Blak Friday with Nubeyond)
The Haitian Revolution

Speaker: Panyin Aikins on the details, effects and legacy of the revolution. Putting the uprising in its international context of Tunisia in 2011.
7.30-10.30pm Positive Mental Attitude Community College, 26 Admiralty Close, Reginald Square, SE8 4SS www.pmacc.co.uk
Entry £8.00 waged,£5.00

www.nubeyond.com, www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

June 10 ( Blak Friday with Nubeyond)
Soweto Uprising 1976/Brixton Uprisings 1981

Speaker: Dr Kimani Nehusi on youth resistance, reasons and comparisons
7.30-10.30pm Positive Mental Attitude Community College, 26 Admiralty Close, Reginald Square, SE8 4SS www.pmacc.co.uk
Entry : £8.00 waged, £5.00 unwaged

www.nubeyond.com, www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

June 17 Thursday
The Sybil Phoenix Story & the Soweto Uprising.

The first black woman to receive an MBE on how she set up the first black youth club (Moonshot) in the 1970’s, which played such an important role in the New Cross Fire response and the Black Peoples Day of Action
Speaker: Sybil Phoenix and others
7-10pm at 240 seat Lewishan Civic Centre, Catford SE6 4RU
Entry : Free

www.nubeyond.com, www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

October 2011 Date to be announced

Burning an Illusion 30 years on The classic British film directed by Menelik Shabbaz will be treated to a Gala performance and review with stars from the film reflecting on its impact and comparing life then to life now. Venue 450 seat BFI Southbank. www.bfi.org.uk www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

Further events to be announced. Check this page for details in 10 days time

This initiative is supported by ..

Nubeyond www.nubeyond.com

Positive Mental Attitude Community College www.pmacc.co.uk

Lewisham Black Staff Forum

Nubian Jak www.nubianjak.com

Black History Walks www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

Well Placed Consultancy www.black-history-month.co.uk

 

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It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it for all

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

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2020-07-15T11:38:44+01:00

Professor Caroline Brown, University of Montreal, Canada

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.

A truly inspiring day

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

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2020-07-15T11:44:18+01:00

Isschara Maxine, London

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.

Extremely informative and made it seem all really relevant

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

Black History Walks
5
2020-07-15T12:12:20+01:00

Lori Tharps, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Journalism, Temple University, USA

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!

Best element of the trip

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

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2020-07-15T12:28:53+01:00

Nancy Comerau, Assistant Professor of English, Ohio Wesleyan University, USA

You may hear this often, but many of my students named your tour as the best element of the trip last time.

Absolutely brilliant lecture and walk yesterday

Absolutely brilliant lecture and walk yesterday. Students were really energized. Thanks so much.

Bill Mullen, Professor of English and American Studies, Purdue University, USA

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2020-07-15T13:27:53+01:00

Bill Mullen, Professor of English and American Studies, Purdue University, USA

Absolutely brilliant lecture and walk yesterday. Students were really energized. Thanks so much.

A rich and detailed learning experience

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

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2020-07-15T13:28:21+01:00

Rebecca Whisnant, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Director of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Dayton, 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!

The children talk about it for a long time afterwards

I would really like to book two black history walk dates around St Pauls and the Barbican for our two year 6 classes. We have done them for the last two years and the children always learn such a lot and talk about it for a long time afterwards.

Helen Davies, Head of Year 6, John Scurr School, Tower Hamlets

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2020-07-15T13:29:08+01:00

Helen Davies, Head of Year 6, John Scurr School, Tower Hamlets

I would really like to book two black history walk dates around St Pauls and the Barbican for our two year 6 classes. We have done them for the last two years and the children always learn such a lot and talk about it for a long time afterwards.

I could not have asked for a better supplement to my Sociology course on race, identity, and culture

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

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2020-07-15T13:31:05+01:00

William Force, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Western New England University

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.

Engaging, moving, will keep you asking more questions.

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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2020-07-15T13:32:29+01:00

Alai Reyes-Santos, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon

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.

Nothing but positive feedback

The audience and the panellists had some incredibly positive feedback about your presentation. It went down so well and was an brilliant combination of information, revelation and humour. There were also a number of attendees whose firms or companies had organised a Black History Walk with yourself and also had nothing but positive feedback

Sharon Takhar, Origin Network, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

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2020-08-19T16:34:16+01:00

Sharon Takhar, Origin Network, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

The audience and the panellists had some incredibly positive feedback about your presentation. It went down so well and was an brilliant combination of information, revelation and humour. There were also a number of attendees whose firms or companies had organised a Black History Walk with yourself and also had nothing but positive feedback
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