Kenyan Uprisings, Through the Leopards Gaze

Wednesday 1 September
Kenyan colonial history and African resistance to British racism via photos, videos and personal narrative in ‘Through The Leopards Gaze’

This event is organised by Black History Walks in conjunction with the Sarah Parker Remond Centre at U.C.L.

In the 1950s the Land and Freedom Army in Kenya fought against British invaders who had massacred local people and stolen their land. The LFA was deliberately mis-labelled by the British as the ‘Mau Mau’ who were then described as ‘murderous thugs’.

This is part of the history included in Njambi Mcgrath’s book ‘Through the Leopards Gaze’. In this session Njambi will take us through sections of her book while we also review parts of Britain’s colonial behaviour in East Africa that it has actively suppressed. We will cover:

  • British concentrations camps in Kenya
  • Brainwashing in the colonies, how it worked
  • African Women Resistance Leaders
  • Finding your voice in art
  • The Notting Hill connection
  • Self discovery of African history in Britain
  • World War 2, Japan and Kenya
  • Immigration and ‘White Mischief’

Plus Q&A

This is an online event at 6.30pm UK/GMT time. The Zoom link will be sent to your email. Check your JUNK MAIL when you register and just before the event starts .

Look out for our new book ‘Black History Walks in London Volume ‘1 from Jacaranda Books

Other coming events from Black History Walks

  • Black History River Cruise
  • 18th Century Superheroine Sarah Parker Remond
  • Fibroids and reproductive health: new research from the Caribbean
  • 20 Banned Black Films you need to see
  • Tracing the money of the slave owners
  • 1968 Race Relations Act and the legacy of Black Lawyers
  • The Dangers of Sugar Sweetened Beverages in the African Diaspora
  • How Black Women get sterilised in prison without their consent
  • The Gentrification of Peckham and Black Urban removal worldwide
  • The British Black Panther Movement
  • African Superheroes Day

About the Speakers

Njambi McGrath is a rising comedy star with a Radio 4 Series in the horizon. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Through The Leopards Gaze was optioned for a 6 part TV drama series by Expectation Entertainment. “ Written with poetic fortitude, Through The Leopard’s Gaze reveals that the hardest part of survival is not the experience of violence but the pressure you feel to make sense of it. Bravely sharing her own attempt to confront the past, Njambi McGrath’s memoir is a stunning portrayal of human brutality and human resistance – heart-breaking and empowering in equal measure.” David Lammy MP. ‘Beautifully written’ BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends. On sale in Foyles, Waterstones, WHSmith, Amazon, Audible, Walmart and all major outlets worldwide. She is a “compelling voice of a rarely heard African perspective’ FestMag.

Njambi’s book was shortlisted as one of the Twentyin2020 writers announced in the Guardian 2019. Away from writing, Njambi is an accomplished comedian with seven one woman shows and three filmed comedy specials. She was crowned winner of 2019 prestigious Hackney empire NATYS Award joining the ranks of previous winners like Stewart Lee and Lee Mark. Njambi was nominated Best Newcomer Black Comedy Awards 2012 recently won the 2019 NATYS Award. She has also appeared on BBC World New Years Comedy, BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live. Njambi is part of Jacaranda’s Twenty in 2020 initiative and her book has been commissioned for a drama series

Tony Warner is the author of ‘Black History Walks in London Volume 1’. This is part of Jacaranda Books revolutionary Twenty in 2020 initiative to publish 20 books by 20 Black British authors in 2020. An unprecedented feat. ‘Black History Walks in London Volume 1’ is the 20th of that series but was delayed to this year due to the Coronavirus.

About the Sarah Parker Remond Centre at UCL

The University College London Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation explores the impact of racism – scientific, metaphysical and cultural. Part of the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, they work closely with many partners on-site to provide a focal point for scholarship, teaching and public engagement activities that are addressed to various problems of racial inequality and hierarchy.

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