How Black People Won World War Two (Part 1/2)

Saturday March 9th 1pm

A detailed, extensive look at the African/Caribbean war effort with interviews of veterans, rare videos, first hand testimony, documentation

A detailed and extensive look at the African/Caribbean war effort with video clips and interviews with Black Spitfire & bomber pilots, Nigerian and Somali troops fighting in Burma, Black and Asian women secret agents, U-boats in the Caribbean and the importance of Africa and India’s raw materials.

Despite being on the British school curriculum many people have no idea that Black people played any part in World War 1 or 2.

This is a comprehensive overview of the African/Caribbean presence, contribution and importance based on the book ‘Black History Walks in London Volume 1’.

We will also reference our History GCSE exam text book from Pearson

Copies of Black History Walks in London Volume 1 will be on sale on the day

Other coming events from Black History Walks

  • Black History Bus Tour
  • Black History River cruise
  • Fighting the Slave-master: Past & Present, walk
  • Eugenics: Breeding out the Blacks,talk
  • Theatreland Black history walk
  • James Baldwin season at BFI Southbank
  • African Women Resistance Leaders Course
  • Harlem in Mayfair, walk
  • Regent’s Canal Black History Walk and Canal cruise
  • Hackney, Elephant and Castle, Soho and St Paul’s/Bank walks
  • How to teach Black History at GCSE level
  • How to rip off Black Historians, copying and greed in London
  • Why we need more Black Blue plaques

About the Africa Centre

Originally conceived to foster non-governmental relations between newly independent Africa and Britain, The Africa Centre has since evolved into a forward-thinking, inclusive, and respected cultural institution that promotes positive conversations about Africa. Our mission is to educate, connect and advocate for Africa and its diaspora.

We are committed to serving as custodians of Africa’s cultural heritage in London and beyond. Empowering communities and accelerating cultural diversity and equality through collaboration, and strategic partnerships. Our programmes are relevant and impactful, addressing the needs and expectations of our diverse communities and transforming lives.

The Africa Centre was the brainchild of Margaret Feeny, who galvanised support from both Africans and Britons in London to help convert the idea of a space dedicated to championing the cause for independent Africa into reality. The Centre was officially registered as a Charity in 1961. An appropriate venue was needed and the building chosen was an 18th-century former auction room where Benin Bronzes and Boer War artefacts were sold at different times and then penultimately, it became a tomato warehouse.

In 1962, the tomato warehouse at 38 King Street in Covent Garden, London, was purchased by the Catholic church and “gifted to the people of Africa in perpetuity’. It was then transformed into the future iconic Africa Centre building thanks to the help of three willing architects; Lance Wright, Mike Hatrell, and Jaime Dealto, who worked and designed to a very tight budget. Ms. Feeny thought the location of The Africa Centre ideal as ‘it was a central point that was near business, the universities and not far from the Houses of Parliament’. Two years later, in November 1964, the Africa Centre opened its doors to the public. The official inauguration was officiated by the late first president of Zambia, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, Cardinal Laurien Rugambwa from Rwanda, the first black African Cardinal, and Margaret Feeny, the Centre’s first Director.

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