15 October 2013 - Issue 137

Nyansapo - Jessica Huntley

Greetings Family,

This special edition of the Nyansapo newsletter is dedicated to the memory of Mama Jessica Huntley

Imagine a gang of masked gun men had barged into a canteen at the University of Oxford and shot dead twenty lecturers and professors whilst they ate lunch. How long do you think this story would remain on the news agenda? A week, maybe a fortnight, perhaps a month or two. I suspect it would be more the latter. So imagine how it feels to know that such an incident did occur, only it was not in Oxford it was in Nigeria, and it was not lecturers but students, oh and it wasn’t a canteen it was a dormitory, they were shot whilst they slept. Imagine this had been preceded by the news of a massacre in a Kenyan shopping mall and followed by the revelation of hundreds of deaths at sea by African migrants seeking opportunities in foreign lands such as Lampedusa.

The institutions we refer to as news media is insensitive to our concerns, feelings and pain. It’s therefore important that we continue to establish our own media networks that speak to us and for us without compromise. It doesn’t matter whether we receive our news through email, twitter or newsletters such as this one. In-between reggae tracks or soul, personal phone calls, text or instant messaging services. Films or book, cartoons or video games, the key thing is that we receive the news.

Yet whilst we rightly criticise the 'racism', 'political correctness' and 'immigration' obsessions of mainstream media outlets we also have a responsibility to share details like passings in our own media, from community stations to man-on-mic during a dance activities.

Today in the passing of Mama Jessica Huntley we lost a giant while gaining an inspiring Ancestor who is walking amongst the greats. We shouldn't expect the mainstream media to show the humility or humanity to acknowledge her transition with the gravitas it deserves. Indeed the front pages of the BBC News website are currently (15 Oct) focused on the response of a TV appeal over Madeleine McCann (the 4 year old girl whose parents state she disappeared in 2007) whilst our newly rebranded ‘community’ radio station Capital 1Xtra’s headline story is “Jay Z rides the tube to his Magna Carta Holy Grail gigs in London”.

The word disrespectful doesn’t quite define the impertinence.

We are halfway through this month and there are still a great many opportunities to explore African history in public spaces. You are also invited to visit the Huntley Archives at LMA if you need to gain an understanding of why it’s a big deal that we appropriately make an effort to honour not just our ancient Ancestors, but our recently departed and the remaining living legends amongst us.

This edition of our newsletter contains a good selection of African History Month events for you to look into. As ever, many are family friendly and have an educational focus. There are some fantastic exhibitions at various museums and some brilliant screenings, conferences, book launches and presentations that should not be missed.


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Peace, Love & Justice

Ligali Editor

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Reader Comments

Hallo Toyin.
I wanted to say I was touched by your writing in the last newsletter about you wanting to cry but could not. It moved me to write to you. I wanted to say how much I look forward to reading the newsletter and your writings. I appreciate your thoughtful and varied contributions.
And I will never forget witnessing you on the TV at Westminster Abbey, March 2007. I see you stand in the aisle with your arms raised. My heart leaps. Yes, I recognize you. Words come forth out of your mouth. The Queen. The heads of State. The Church. The congregation look on. Before the eyes of the cameras move away I see you removed by guards. I see your mouth is still moving with words.
Izzy Terry

Ed - Your kind words are greatly appreciated. It is difficult to believe it was just six years ago when Ligali was caught in the eye of the Maafa Truth storm. Thank you and all those that stood by us during what was a very challenging period in the life of our organisation.

Reflections from Toyin on last month’s article

"I would like to acknowledge and thank all those who contacted me following the publication of my last article. I had no idea when writing that last piece that I had exposed my emotions in such a raw way. I just want to publically state that your kind words of support helped give me strength at a time when I was in need of it. This is the first time in months my babies are all asleep safe in their own beds, my loved ones and friends are also out of hospital. I still haven’t cried but for the longest while but I no longer feel the need to. I now have an enormous amount of work to catch up on that threatens to make me appear anti-social until the end of the year. Please forgive me for any delays in responding. I am still not going to have emails following me on my mobile phone but after several years of refusing to do so, I am considering picking up a new smart phone and signing up for a personal Twitter account but sshhh... please don’t tell anyone. Peace. Toyin"

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The Pan African Drum

"An action is forgotten by the doer, but the receiver never forgets it”
African Proverb, Swahili

Toyin AgbetuGreetings,

African History Month has survived many attempts to shift its focus from the original vision of Carter G Woodson. Several years ago there was an attempt to rebrand October as LGBT History Month, indeed many continue to equate the discrimination issues faced by those engaged in same sex relations with the centuries of inequality faced by African people. This year has also seen the attempt of europeans in Azania (South Africa) to mark ‘Red October’ as a month against ‘white’ oppression by so called ‘blacks’. Their protests have even reached London whilst their website hijacks the words of Dr Martin Luther King Jr for their cause.

However despite these disingenuous attempts to hijack what has become a cultural institution across the UK, in the spirit of Pan African unity the month of October is also know throughout California as Maafa Awareness Month – “a time to reflect on the Ancient African History, the legacy of slavery and the ongoing impacts from the transatlantic displacement of people of African ancestry throughout the Americas and beyond.”

This is in addition to international African History Month that takes place every February across the world.

This October 2013 also gives us cause to pause and reflect on the great works of the late Mama Jessica Huntley, 86 who recently joined the Ancestors. Despite it being a time of great mourning we can only hope it encourages us all to reflect on her substantive contribution and work to match a fraction of her empowering output. Alongside her husband Baba Eric Huntley they were  pioneers in African British publishing and through such endeavours like Bogle L’Overture were always bridging the links between Continental African’s and those with Caribbean heritage both young and old.

I’m writing this article sitting in a library whilst a screening of my very first film Maafa Truth 2007 is taking place. The wonderful librarian (Dawn with support of Paula) alongside the brilliant event organisers (Mark and Charmaine Simpson) have succeeded in attracting a large crowd on a Saturday evening to learn about African history.

As usual, everyone was working without pay as funding for Black History Month (BMH) events had been cut. It didn’t seem to matter though, just as we had donated our time and space to make the event work, those who attend gave back in a manner that in many ways transcended money.

They offered hope.

It was strange watching the audience grow as more and more people entered. Male, female, young and old, it was a diverse selection. Children contributed to the question and answers section. It truly was multigenerational learning just as it should be.

Some people who had entered the building to attend a different event even chose to stay, watch and reason with us. We could have gone head to head with the BBC's Question Time. For anyone who likes to pretend that there is no interest in the topic of our history I wish they were here today.

For those that seek to pull funding and support, please know that we won’t be stopped, we will just work harder to find another way.

You see although the closure of community centres and bookshops over the past few years have left few spaces for informal community learning to take place, libraries, museums even cultural restaurants all offer a space to sit and reason, even if local politicians are trying to destroy the last vestiges of multiculturalism.

In Britain the widespread reduction and in most cases, total withdrawal of funding for ‘black’ History month events has led to fears that the gain of centuries of African British activism has been wiped out. That there is no one left to carry the baton.

This is not true.

Let’s examine some of the evidence – bad news first. 

A recent Navig8tor newsletter from Paul Ifayomi Grant exposed how in some regions council event planners for October seek to include anyone of African heritage under the banner of ‘black’ history. This silly policy has even led to the inclusion of music performers who have no knowledge or interest in African culture or history.

In London the borough of Croydon has done the same including the controversial comedian Reginald Hunter to perform his ‘In the midst of Crackers’ set. Dubbed the ‘black’ Bernard Matthews, for those of you that are unfamiliar with Hunters work he was the joker who faced much derision in the media for his gratuitous usage of the ‘n’ word during a recent Professional Football Association event.

I’ve even heard that Asda launched a version of jerk chicken in a tin under the Black History Month banner.

No I’m not making this up.

Global Radio also chose African History Month as the perfect moment to rebrand Choice FM to Capital Xtra. To a younger generation that does not know that Choice FM started as a station dedicated to serving the needs of an ‘Afro-Caribbean’ audience this change may seem unimportant. However with the name change also came the employment of Tim Westwood and the removal of most of the specialist DJ’s from the station.

Thankfully we still have unlicensed community stations from Galaxy to Omega providing a mix of cultural music and topical edutainment, whilst legal ones like Colourful who are committed to providing high quality news and current affairs alongside a superb diet of soul, reggae, soca, afro-beat (but not enough jazz). In fact Ofcom should give Colourful an FM license if Capital Xtra wants to concentrate on being the best ‘urban’ station out there.

Yet to focus on just the negatives would be to do ourselves a great disservice. As I sit here writing about what has gone wrong, I am simultaneously surrounded by everything that has gone right. I’m writing this among the superb Making Freedom exhibition detailing the impact of various Riots, Rebellions and Revolutions that took place during Maafa.

Ukweli and Revoetry

Just before coming here I was sharing details of the Sankofa exhibition at Hackney Museum which I helped curate as a means to unpack the Truth behind ‘Black’ History month through a journey incorporating history, protests, culture, racism, community organisation and exceptional educators.

Before then I had just checked out Jon Daniel’s fantastic Afro Supa Hero exhibition at the V&A museum of Childhood. Even if I only included details of all the events with a historical and educational focus ranging from Harrow to Stratford this newsletter would be too long to send via email.   

So despite the negatives, the number of outstanding events focused on history and education far outweigh them. But if I tried to pretend that there is not a battle waging to eradicate the institution of African History Month I would be lying. Boroughs like Hackney may have the vision to extend the teaching of our history beyond a month and into a season. Sadly many others do not.  

Over the past few years too many of the ‘black’ history month (BHM) events that have been hosted have had very little to do with history. Indeed, many have been about buffoonery or rewarding coonery.

Let me make this clear. African drumming, singing and dancing is fine as long as it’s not presented as the totality of our culture and experience. Likewise the history of Maafa (enslavement of Mama Africa) should not be presented as our entire story.

What I mean by this is that our participation is not a passive act like voting, we cannot just sit, watch and listen whilst waiting to be entertained. True African history month events encourage interaction, questions, debates and an opportunity to reconnect, investigate and invigorate our spiritual selves with inspirational facts about our history and culture. It offers a chance to be liberated through our engagement with both the positive and negative aspects of our collective journey.

So how must we adapt in order to keep African History Month relevant?

Well I believe that that the first thing we need to do is create a shift in attitude towards how we as a community organise and engage with African History Month events.

  1. All of us have a responsibility to spread the word about, plays, screenings, exhibitions, debates, readings, reasoning and learning sessions that offer up good heritage reinforcing, cultural grounding, confidence building, political and spiritual developing soul food. Most African History Month events are organised with a budget of zero meaning marketing and promotion has to be sacrificed to ensure quality of content. Use your social media networks and phone apps like whatsapp

  2. Try and bring a family member or friends along to events to offer support.

  3. Where appropriate bring young children. They may not understand everything that is being said but they can absorb the positive energy of a gathering working together for collective learning and empowerment. Its a lesson they will never forget, especially if they see you participating.

  4. If there is no admittance fee then make a donation. It could be as little as £1 or the purchasing of goods or food at the event. This is often the only opportunity an organiser gets to recover their out of pocket expenses.

  5. If there are evaluation forms being given out then please fill them in. Often the venue where these events take place need to prove that opening up to the community was a good use of resources. Positive evaluation forms can help the case immensely. Critical (but not negative) feedback can help an organiser improve their service.

  6. If you like the person performing, speaking, presenting or delivering a workshop and are able to arrange for them to come before another audience in need of their expertise, talk to them or give them your details so they can contact you afterwards. Much of this work is about word-of-mouth networking. If you can at least cover their expenses and offer a modest honorarium that would be great.

  7. Come to events prepared with pencil and paper. In the two or three hours that most events last an enormous amount of information is often relayed. Capture them so you can look up thoughts you had later when you get home. Take ownership of your own learning, during debates write down questions for participants if there is something you didn’t understand or want to know.

  8. Bring a positive attitude. Sometimes people attend events to affirm negative feelings and to find company in moaning about injustices. Switch that round and attend to learn strategies to overcome challenges, to better support self and those in need of help and healing.

  9. Greet a stranger. Community events work best when we see each other as family, when we ensure no-one present needs feel alone and no question no matter how obvious it may seem goes unanswered. Hospitality is a key component of Pan African culture, practise it with humility.

  10. Finally, if you become so inspired that you feel you can do the same or better then organise your own supplementary event. Ask if you need advice and then make it happen. Remember October is the annual start of African History Season, its a month long launch to International African History Month in February. The more events, the richer the experience.

Ukweli and Revoetry

Do you remember how the media code word ‘trident’ was used in the British media to refer to ‘Yardie gangs’ irrespective of whether they were a group of young friends from Peckham, or recent arrivals from Kingston, Jamaica or Lagos, Nigeria,

Today vacuous terms such as ‘urban’ assert there is no such thing as ‘black’ music, genres like zouk, roots, blues, dub, neo-soul, lovers are all ‘specialist’ whilst African music outside Afropop is now classified as ‘world’ music.

Whenever the administration of African history month events is placed into the hands of those that care little about its success, the annual ritual has become stereotypically ‘black’. By that I mean it loses its integrity, its heart, its soul.

Our failure to collectively own and assert our African identity has led to many within academia and the media to dilute our heritage, to cause division between those of us with differing heritages, but worse of all, to use a twisted ideology that deliberately severs and disarms our young people with the knowledge of who they are.

Endless discussions about slavery, racism, Martin Luther King and his dream do not constitute an innovative African History Month program. Racism and its associated subjects are themes that many europeans typically obsess over.

So the next time someone says what’s the point of ‘black’ history month don’t waste energy getting angry. Instead join those working on empowering community development events based around subject areas like education, politics, parenting, science, health, enterprise, African rhythm, dance, art, theatre, spirituality or literature. These are almost always a better start. Support them practically, financially and spiritually.

There is no better way to honour our freedom fighting Ancestors than to celebrate their achievements whilst building upon their legacy.

May the Ancestors guide and protect us.


Toyin Agbetu is a writer and community educator, a film director and philosopher, a poet and founder of Ligali, the pan African human rights based organisation.

Ukweli and Revoetry

Toyin is involved in several events during this years African History Month:

Debate: Bristol Bus Boycott 50 years on – What’s Changed

When: 16 October 2013, 6pm-7.30pm
Where: M:Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN
Adm: Free

Beyond Slavery: Understanding African History workshop

Where: Stoke Newington Library
When: Tuesday 22nd October 2013, 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Adm: Free

Sankofa: Understanding African History Month

Where: Omega Radio 104.1 FM
When: Saturday 19th October 2013, 9 -12am

Reasoning with Bro Shelly


Exhibition - SANKOFA: The truth behind Black History Month 1926 – 2013

When: October 2013 - 4 January 2014
Where: Hackney Museum, Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ
Adm: Free

SANKOFA - Meet the Curators

When: Thursday 14 November, 6-7.30pm
: Hackney Museum, Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ
Adm: Free

Meet the curators of Hackney Museum's Sankofa exhibition and explore the themes, topics, debates and questions answered on the road to our Sankofa exhibition. Chaired by Sue McAlpine Curator and Collections Officer at Hackney Museum. All ages welcome, booking required. To book contact Linda Sydow on 020 8356 2509 or email linda.sydow@hackney.gov.uk

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Books: Ukweli, Revoetry & The Manual (The Rules for Men*)

Ukweli and Revoetry

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DVD: Films and Documentaries

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We Remember... Jessica Huntley

Jessica Huntley, 23 February 1927 - 13 October 2013

Friends of the Huntley Archives at LMA (FHALMA) are sad to announce the death of Jessica Huntley on Sunday, 13 October 2013, at the age of 86. 

Jessica and her husband Eric Huntley were already politically engaged in their native Guyana before coming to Britain in the late 1950s.  Their activism, advocacy and campaigning work continued in the UK and was epitomised in the founding in 1968 of the publishing company Bogle-L'Ouverture Publications (named in honour of two major figures in the history of Caribbean resistance, Toussaint L'Ouverture of Haiti and Paul Bogle of Jamaica), whose first publication was The Groundings with My Brothers, a collection of essays by historian, scholar and political activist Walter Rodney.  As well as many other important authors, including Andrew Salkey, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Lemn Sissay and Valerie Bloom, BLP went on to publish Rodney's seminal work, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (1972. After his assassination in Guyana in 1980, the bookshop the Huntleys had also founded in West Ealing was renamed the Walter Rodney bookshop.

Jessica was involved with many important political, educational and cultural initiatives.  She was a founding member and co-director of the First International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books and of the Black Parents Movement. 

The Huntley archives, consisting of Jessica and Eric's papers from 1952 to 2011, were the first major deposit of records from the African-Caribbean community in London presented to London Metropolitan Archives and have formed the basis of annual conferences held at LMA since February 2006.  Jessica always played a full part in the planning of the Annual Huntley conferences and the associated events, and she remained deeply committed to many political causes, insisting on attending meetings undaunted by her own failing health in recent years, supporting a range of community events across the capital whenever the logistics of transport permitted.  She fell ill on Saturday night at her home in Ealing and was taken to hospital, where she died the following day.


The members of FHALMA (Margaret Andrews, Denise Baptiste, Margaret Busby, Janet Browne, Malcolm Cumberbatch, Noreen Dunn, Harry Goulbourne, Donald Hinds, Colin Prescod, Keith Waithe, Ewart Thomas, Kimani Nehusi, Anne Johnson and Clyde Williams) pay tribute to Jessica's remarkable life and extend our condolences to Eric, to their children Chauncey and Accabre (their elder son Karl tragically died two years ago) and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Details about funeral arrangements will be announced later.


We Remember... Ralph Straker

Ralph Straker worked for the Southwark Diocese Race Relations Commission from 1991 to 2001. He helped with youth conferences, the annual Black Forum (now Black and Minority Ethnic Forum), and youth exchange visits between the Diocese and its link dioceses in Zimbabwe.

Having emigrated to Britain in 1956, Ralph Straker worked as a London Transport bus conductor for eight years before joining the Post Office in 1964. In 1973 he moved to the Hackney Council for Racial Equality as Deputy Senior Officer.


We Remember.. George Powe

MOURNERS TURNED out in their hundreds last week to pay their respects to a man who played a key role in fighting discrimination and inequality in Nottingham.

George Powe, 87, of Mapperley, who passed away on September 9, was described as a bridge who linked the community together. His funeral was held at Mansfield Road Baptist Church, in Sherwood Rise last week.

As pallbearers carried Powe’s coffin into the church draped in a Jamaican flag, Bob Marley’s One Love was played. Powe was a key player in the formation of the Afro-Caribbean National Artistic (ACNA) Centre in St Ann’s, which he was inspired to create following race riots in the city in August 1958.

Powe was born in Kingston, Jamaica on August 11, 1926. At the age of 19, he left the island to spend four years serving with the RAF during the Second World War.

Through his years of active service, he also encountered racism.

He went on to become the UK’s first black councillor while living in Long Eaton, and also served with Notts County Council.

Another of the city’s leading race equality campaigners, Milton Crosdale, chairman of the Nottingham and District Racial Equality Council, also gave his tributes to Powe during the service.

He said: “His vision was to create an environment for change and to leave the world a better place than he found it.



JENGbA News “You’re Not Alone”

ISSUE 25: July-September 2013 of the Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Asssociation (JENGba) newsletter is out.

JENGbA is a campaigning organisation that will highlight such cases where Joint Enterprise Law has been applied and those convicted are stating they are not guilty of the index offence.

We have been contacted by many families and hundreds of prisoners alerting that they are serving lengthy sentences (life for knife crime is minimum 25 year tariff and prisoners will always serve longer than the minimum tariff) for something they did not do, could not have foreseen, did not have the intention to do, and indeed in many cases, tried to prevent from happening.

JENGbA will campaign on behalf of, and with those wrongfully convicted.

Subscribe for your copy from www.jointenterprise.co

“I have a dream – MLK50 Spoken Word Competition”

From 9th September 2013 Kush Community Arts and Media Development will be launching their brand new children’s school competition in Hackney, aimed at inspiring KS2 children to write and perform their own positive insights into how we can all live together better; in our present day multicultural societies.

For more details go to: http://mlk50.co.uk/


Jang-Jang Bureh is an African ‘written-word artist’, born in Jamaica – living in England – who treasures the youth! He is about to publish his debut novel – Young General Forward Mistresses (YGFM) – The Hieroglyphics of Modern Day Literature

Email: ygfmjang@outlook.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ygfm.thebook

African Scientific Institute (ASI)

The following scientists and technologists of the African Diaspora and Africa have recently become Fellows of the African Scientific Institute (ASI) (www.asi-org.net)

New ASI Fellows in September 2013 include:

* Hon. Jean-Pierre Pierre, Ph.D. (Benin): Former Africa Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology; Pan-African Universities and Centers of Excellence; Mathematics

* Hon. Roy L. Clay, Sr. (USA): Founder and CEO of Rod-L Electronics; “The Black Godfather” of Silicon Valley, California; helped build Hewlett-Packard's (HP) first ccomputer in 1965! HP stopped this development, but later bought Compag for $20B+.

* Felix J. Akpabey, Ph.D. (Ghana): Aquatic Entomology

* Fidele Ntie Kang, Ph.D. (Cameroon): Chemistry

* Keolebogile Shirley Motaung, Ph.D. (South Africa): Biomedical Technology

* Helen Olayinka Ogunsuyi, Ph.D. (Nigeria): Chemistry

New ASI Fellows in August 2013 include:

* Martin Manuhwa, Ph.D. (Zimbabwe): Electrical Engineering and Industrial Management

* John Tambi, Ph.D. (Sierra Leone/South Africa): Transportation Planning & Engineering

* Fatuni Abiodun Oluwole, Ph.D. (Nigeria): Agronomy

We now have 692 ASI Fellows from 47 countries (Algeria, Angola, Barbados, Benin, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Colombia, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Sao Tome, Sierra Leone, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe).  More information about ASI Fellows can be found at the location on our website:

Absent from the Academy

Please see below a link to a new documentary on the state of Black British academia featuring Paul Gilroy, Rob Berkley, Hakim Adi and others 


Morland Writing Scholarship 2014

The Morland Writing Scholarships will be open to anyone who has been born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa.

The Scholars will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of one year.

Scholar’s Undertaking
In return for this the Scholars will agree that 20% of whatever they subsequently receive from what they write during the year of the Scholarship will be paid to the MMF which may be used to support other promising writers and possibly to expand the Scholarship scheme in later years.

To qualify for the Scholarship a candidate must submit a piece of published work, or an excerpt from a piece of published work, of between two and seven thousand words to be evaluated by a panel set up by the MMF which will include MMF trustees and past participants in the Caine Prize. The Scholarships will be awarded based on these submissions although the Foundation may also wish to question certain candidates or ask for other work.

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NABBS Bike Ride Fundraiser


This Bike Ride Fundraiser on Sunday 27th October 2013 from 11am, is to help raise much needed funds for the National Association Of Black Supplementary Schools in the UK.

This Bike Ride Fundraiser is to help raise much needed funds for the National Association Of Black Supplementary Schools in the UK.

NABSS was started in March 2007 after Mr Nia Imara saw how successful his children were in mainstream school after attending a Black supplemenmtary school in 2001. There was a lot of media attention with the under achievement of Black boy's but not so much in the way of constructive solutions. Nia didn't understand why so many Black parents complained a lot but didn't utilise the services of a Black supplementary school. When parents were asked by Nia why they have not sent their children to a Black supplementary school the first usual answer was "I can't find any". Nia decided to at least try and bust that excuse by setting up a national directory and forming the National Association of Black Supplementary Schools to try and highlight the services available to parents, children and schools.

NABSS has since held it's first National Conference on 6th April 2007 and was jointly responsible for the very first National Black Supplementary Schools Week during August 2010 which continued every year since with a different theme every year with 2013 being themed "Business and Science" with 8 days at Birkbeck Univerity.

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Flying doctor takes to the skies after sister's death

Ola Orekunrin was studying to become a doctor in the UK a few years ago when her younger sister fell seriously ill while traveling in Nigeria. The 12-year-old girl, who'd gone to the West African country on holiday with relatives, needed urgent care but the nearest hospital couldn't deal with her condition.

Orekunrin and her family immediately began looking for an air ambulance service to rapidly transport the girl, a sickle cell anemia sufferer, to a more suitable healthcare facility. They searched all across West Africa but were stunned to find out there was none in the whole region.

"The nearest one at the time was in South Africa," remembers Orekunrin. "They had a 12-hour activation time so by the time they were ready to activate, my sister was dead.

"It was really a devastating time for me and I started thinking about whether I should be in England talking about healthcare in Africa, or I should be in Africa dealing with healthcare and trying to do something about it."

Orekunrin did the latter. Motivated by the tragic death of her sister, the young doctor decided to leave behind a high-flying job in the UK to take to the Nigerian skies and address the vital issue of urgent healthcare in Africa's most populous country.

A pioneering entrepreneur with an eye for opportunity, Orekunrin set up Flying Doctors Nigeria, the first air ambulance service in West Africa, transporting victims of medical emergencies, including industrial workers from the country's booming oil and gas sector.

"There was a situation in Nigeria where there were only two or three very good hospitals and they were sometimes a two, three, four-day journey away from the places where incidents happened," says Orekunrin. "We also have a huge oil and gas industry and at that time there was no coordinated system for moving people from the offshore environment to a hospital to receive treatment."
Currently in its third year, the Lagos-based company has so far airlifted about 500 patients, using a fleet of planes and helicopters to rapidly move injured workers and critically ill people from remote areas to hospitals.

"From patients with road traffic trauma, to bomb blast injuries to gunshot wounds, we save lives by moving these patients and providing a high level of care en route," says Orekunrin.

"Many of our roads are poorly maintained, so emergency transport by road during the day is difficult. At night, we have armed robbers on our major highways; coupled with poor lighting and poor state of the roads themselves, emergency transport by road is deadly for both patients and staff."

At 27, there isn't much Orekunrin hasn't achieved.
Born in London, she grew up in a foster home in the charming seaside town of Lowestoft in the south-east of England.

Aged 21, Orekunrin had already graduated from the University of York as a qualified doctor. She was then awarded the MEXT Japanese Government Scholarship and moved to Japan to conduct research in the field of regenerative medicine.

After moving back to Europe the young doctor looked set for a promising career in medicine in the UK. But her desire to improve healthcare services in West Africa brought her back to her roots.

Orekunrin quit her job, sold her assets and went on to study evacuation models and air ambulance services in other developing countries before launching her ambitious venture, which enables her to combine her "deep love for medicine and Africa" with her growing passion for flying -- Orekunrin is also a also a trainee helicopter pilot.

"I wanted to find a way that I can facilitate people who were critically ill," she says. "Get them to see a doctor, and not just any doctor -- I wanted to facilitate getting the right patient to the right facility, within the right time frame for that particular illness, and that's why I came to start the air ambulance."

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/08/world/africa/ola-orekunrin-flying-doctors-nigeria/index.html

Interview with Dr Ola Orekunrin,

Red October is lunacy

Many South Africans have taken to social networks to voice their utter disgust about Red October.

By Lindiwe Mlandu, 10 October 2013

Several cities are expected to take part in Red October marches throughout the country.

Protesters will be voicing their concern against what they term the “slaughter of white people” in South Africa. The organisers of the event say they’ve had enough of crime, farm murders and black economic empowerment. But many South Africans remain critical about the marches.

On their website, they have written “No longer will we be silent about the oppression of White South Africans! No longer will we endure the killing of our people on our farms and in our towns and cities!”

In Pretoria, musician Steve Hofmeyr is leading a march of about 300 people.

After midday, the protesters will release red balloons into the skies as a tribute to victims of “white genocide”.




Estate agents discriminate against African people, finds BBC investigation

Posing as a landlord, reporter uncovers London agents willing to meet request flat should not be let to African-Caribbean renters

, Monday 14 October 2013

Estate agents in London are routinely discriminating against black people looking for a home in the private rental market, an undercover investigation has found.

The BBC's Inside Out programme uncovered 10 estate agents in north-west London who were willing to meets landlords' specification that properties should not be let to African-Caribbean people.

Posing as a landlord who did not want to let out his flat to black people, an undercover reporter asked agents if they would be willing to discriminate against potential tenants. All 10 said although they could not openly bar black people they could prevent them taking up the flat by pretending it had been let, or by falsely promising to call them back.

One agent, from A to Z in Willesden, Brent, was filmed by a hidden camera stating that although he could not be seen to be discriminating against black people, it would not be a problem.

"We can't do that, we can not be shown [to be] discriminating against a community. But obviously we've got our ways around that, you don't have to tell us that – because we, you know, like yourself, 99% of my landlords don't want Afro-Caribbeans, or any troublesome people," he appears to say in the footage.

Another, from the estate agents National also in Brent, was secretly filmed saying: "Afro-Caribbeans, yeah you did mention that on the phone, that's not a problem, there's nothing wrong with saying that."

Asked how they would carry out the vetting, as it was illegal, the agent from A to Z said: "We don't say to them 'no' there and then but we say, 'OK we're going to have to come back to you' and then we don't call them back."

The agent from National said: "When somebody comes in, they won't basically advise them of this property being available … [or], we say somebody's taken it, we have to make up an excuse to be honest with you."

Undercover researchers with the exact same credentials – one white, one black – then posed as potential tenants interested in the flat and were told very different stories. Jo, who is white, was immediately giving a viewing, while Deane, who is black, was told that the flat had been let.

Speaking after the experience he said: "I felt why should he [the agent] discriminate [against] me for not having a place because of the colour of my skin and then I left there angry."

Asked by the BBC after the sting why they had discriminated against black tenants, the three agents filmed in the programme refused to comment on camera. The agent from A to Z said he was aware the practice was against the law but it was what the landlord had requested, adding that the agent let to many African-Caribbean tenants.

After seeing evidence of race vetting, rapper Tinchy Stryder, who has campaigned against racial discrimination, said he was shocked at the casual nature of the racism. "I'm thinking, they weren't saying it as if they were trying to hide it – just like this is the way it is."

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Community Events

Mashufaa Classes


Spirit Of A Warrior

Date: Every Week
Adm: 1st lesson is free.  Thereafter, £4.50 per lesson.  Members £2.00 per lesson

Mashufaa is a martial are created for the mental, physical and spiritual upliftment of a generation of people who have become detached from themselves! Mashufaa is about living a life with light through the sweat of training.  Sweat lets you know you are alive.

Remember Mind, Body and Spirit are one.  Train to live and live to train. Mashufaa Classes will take place from at The Albany Theatre (Plum Room) nearest Rail: Deptford or DLR Deptford Bridge.

Monday and Fridays*
Time: 7 - 9:30pm
Venue: Lord Morrison Hall, Chestnut Grove (off Scales Rd), Tottenham, London N17 9ET
Travel: Tube: Seven Sisters (Victoria Line), Tottenham Hale / Rail: Bruce Grove
/ Buses: 243, 341, 149, 259,279

*Adults and Children
with the children's classes, We encourage learning through positive encouragement and use games and skills to reinforce the martial arts techniques that they learn.

Time: 7 - 9 pm
Venue: The Plum Room, The Albany Theatre/Centre, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
Tube: New Cross
/ Rail: Deptford Station / Buses: 53, 453, 177

Time: 2pm - 4pm 
Venue: The DANCE STUDIO, Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre, Harrow Road, London NW10 0RG
Tube: Stonebridge Park (Bakerloo line and London Overground)  / Bus: 18

Website: http://www.mashufaa.co.uk

For further details please contact us on: 020 8808 7547 / 07956 337 391 or, via email on: info@mashufaa.co.uk

October - African History Month

Sankofa: The Truth behind BHM 1926 - 2013

When: October 2013 - 4 January 2014
Where: Hackney Museum, Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ
Adm: Free

SANKOFA: The truth behind Black History Month 1926 – 2013

Sankofa is the African Adinkra symbol meaning the wisdom of learning from the past to build the future.  
This exhibition looks back over 75 years of the history of African and African Caribbean people in this country and the rise of Black History Month, from its 1926 American origins as Negro History Week to its beginnings and development here 25 years ago.   

On display will be rarely seen archival material relating to grassroots, national and global campaigns from groups such as the Black Parents Movement, Teachers against Racism and Hackney Black People's Association.   

Find out how people came together and rose up against the injustice of discrimination; how individuals set up organisations to educate, empower and inspire a new generation of British youth, especially those of African heritage.  

Alongside this you can see changes in style, fashion, music and technology from Sugar Minott to Ms Dynamite, from Hip Hop to Dubstep, from Afro's to Locs, from Super Nintendo to I-phone.  
Come and add to our 'Tweet' wall to tell us your thoughts for the next 25 years for Black History Month and how to build a future without racism or discrimination. 

Special late night opening on Thursdays, please check online at www.hackney.gov.uk/museum

Tues, Wed, Fri, 9.30 – 5.30pm / Thurs 9.30 – 8pm / Sat 10 – 5pm / Sun, Mon, Bank Holidays closed


SANKOFA - Meet the curators

When: Thursday 14 November, 6-7.30pm
: Hackney Museum, Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ

Meet the curators of Hackney Museum's Sankofa exhibition and explore the themes, topics, debates and questions answered on the road to our Sankofa exhibition. Chaired by Sue McAlpine Curator and Collections Officer at Hackney Museum. All ages welcome, booking required. To book contact Linda Sydow on 020 8356 2509 or email linda.sydow@hackney.gov.uk


Where: V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA
When: From 14 September 2014 - 9 February 2014
Adm: Free

Afro Supa Hero is a snapshot of a childhood and journey to adulthood, shown through a personal collection of pop cultural heroes and heroines of the African diaspora. Jon Daniel’s action figures, comic books and games offer an insight into the experience of a boy of African Caribbean heritage growing up in 1960s and 1970s Britain, in search of his identity.

Born in East Sheen in southwest London and as the child of Caribbean parents, Jon Daniel found his positive black role models in the West Indian culture of his family and the African-American culture of the US. In his late twenties, Jon began collecting primarily 1970s action figures, feeling that they most strongly embodied the era of his childhood. In the display Meteor Man, Mr T and Lieutenant Uhura stand alongside real-life icons Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. Also on show are games, and comics including Black Lightning, The Falcon and Lobo, one of a two-issue series featuring the first leading African American character in the genre.12

Afro Supa Hero is part of Black History Month in October 2013

Click here to see more

Exhibition: Origins of the Afro Comb

When: 2 October 2013 - 2 February 2014
Where: Bruce Castle Museum

A project led by Dr Sally-Ann Ashton, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University.
The exhibition space will also include related aspects of local interest.

Making Freedom Presentation: Indentured Africans in the Caribbean

When: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)
Where: Marcus Garvey Library (Bronze Room), Philip Lane, N15 4JA London
Adm: Free

The Black Panther is coming!

When: Wednesday 16 October 2013, 7.00 p.m
Southwyck House Community Centre, London SW9 8TT

A perspective on the contributions of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) to the struggle to build the Black Panther Party, 1964 to 1969

Speaker: Bob Brown, founder and ex-member of the Chicago Chapter of the Black Panther Party and organizer for the All-African People's Revolutionary Party (GC)

The Program will be broadcast live on the internet:


Pan-African Society Community Forum * Convention People's Party (UK)* RMT Black Workers * All-African People's Revolutionary Party (GC) * Global Afrikan Congress (UK) * Haiti First * Haiti Now! * Reparations Campaign

info@a-aprp-gc.org - (202) 719-0529 (USA) * pascfevents1@gmail.com - 07914-750-753 (UK)

Heroes Heroines of Black Literature

When: Saturday 16th October 2013, 6pm - 9pm
Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham Green Centre, 1 Phillip Lane, Tottenham, London, N15 4JA 
Admission is FREE. Donations will be welcomed  

Come and join us in a Black History Month special poetry event.

Screening: The Story of Lovers Rock

When: 16 October 2013, 6pm to 8pm
: Deptford LoungeDeptford Lounge, 9 Deptford Lounge, Giffin Street, London SE8 4RW
Adm: Free

Menelik Shabazz with his screening of The Story of Lovers Rock
Writer/director Shabazz introduces his feature length film which celebrates Lovers Rock and the generation that embraced it, referencing many Lewisham notables and their stamp on the 'romantic reggae' sound and scene.

Debate: Bristol Bus Boycott 50 years on – What’s Changed

When: 16 October 2013, 6pm-7.30pm
Where: M:Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN
Adm: Free

What does the increasing diversity of Bristol’s population mean for us all today? Do equal opportunities exist for Black and Minority Ethnic people? What is the impact of migrants to the city?

Join us for a panel debate to discuss whether issues of race and immigration have changed since 1963 and how the lives of Black and Asian people can be improved today

Welcome: Paul Stephenson OBE


  • Peter Abraham (Leader of the Conservatives and former Bristol Lord Mayor)
  • Toyin Agbetu (Founder of Ligali, a Pan African organisation)
  • Madge Dresser (Associate Professor of History, University of the West of England)
  • Hibaq Jama (Labour councillor & Bristol’s first Somali elected member)
  • Batook Pandya MBE (Director of SARI, Support Against Racist Incidents)

Chair: Roger Griffith (Chair of Ujima Radio CIC)

To book a place contact Scarlet Blackmore, scarlet.blackmore@bristol.gov.uk or 0117 352 6959 or M Shed reception 0117 352 6600. Booking is recommended to guarantee a place.

To submit a question (to the panel by 30 September 2013) contact Karen Garvey, karen.garvey@bristol.gov.uk. The BBB50 steering group will make the final selection

For more information visit http://mshed.org/whats-on/events/bristol-bus-boycott-50-years-on/  

An evening with Gary Younge

When: Wednesday 16th Oct 2013 from 6.30pm
Where: University of Westminster, The Old Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HW

‘Women, Slavery and Resistance in the Caribbean’

When:17th October 2013, 6pm
Where: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN
Adm: Free

‘Virginia comes to Bristol next month when the  internationally acclaimed historian, Professor Bernard Moitt, will be speaking on  ‘Women, Slavery and Resistance in the Caribbean’ on the 17th October at 6pm at the MShed.  His  free public talk launches  a series of   lectures by international scholars in memory of UWE historian Neil Edmunds.

Professor Moitt is a leading figure at  Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Virginia, which has long been partnered with UWE. He has has written extensively on Caribbean and African history and runs VCU’s  History summer school in Barbados which a number of UWE students, generously sponsored by VCU, have attended. Coinciding  with Black History month, the talk complements the highly successful public seminars which UWE’s Regional History Centre has run in partnership with MShed.

Author event: Malorie Blackman

When: Thursday 17 October 2013
Where: Dulwich Library, 368 Lordship Lane, SE22 8NB

Malorie Blackman will talk about and read from her work

Screening: Dream to Change the World (Cert: Exempt)

When: 17 October 2013
Where: Marcus Garvey Library
Adm: Free

Screening by George Padmore Institute. and Q&A presented by Michael La Rose
The documentary film, “Dream to Change the World”, draws on the visual archive of past events in the multicultural history of Trinidad and its Diaspora to tell the story of John
La Rose’s life. Having been involved in workers rights movements in Trinidad in the 1940’s and 1950’s leading up to independence from the British, La Rose settled in London and became an active member of Britain’s black community in the early 1960’s Refreshments Donations will be welcomed. Free Admission.

A Discussion with Kwame M.A.McPherson

When: 17 October 2013
Where: Wood Green Library
Adm: To book email diana@globalgie.com or call Diana on 0203 369 9878

Kwame M.A.McPherson , is an award winning authorpreneur, poet, motivational speaker and mentor. As well as writing his own books, Kwame has written for magazines in London, the
USA and the Caribbean. Kwame has been featured on radio and Cable TV, conducted
book readings, poetry performances as well as participated in open mike sessions.
A Global Institute of Entrepreneurship event.

The Great Sports Debate

When: 17 October 2013 from 18:30 to 20:30
Where: Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE
Adm: Free

After the heady heights of London 2012, which saw Black British athletes such as Mo Farah, Anthony Joshua, Christine Ohuruogu and Jessica Ennis break records and captivate a nation, are black communities reaping the benefits? How well represented are black people in sport - at all levels? Are black youngsters, adults and elders more physically active? Is sport making a difference to black people’s health and wellbeing? If not, what is the way forward?

This Question Time-styled debate, chaired by Joy Francis of Words of Colour Productions, will have an exciting panel of sportsmen and women, and sports commentators, including:

Margaret Adeoye
London 2012 Olympian and World Champion 2013 4x400m bronze medalist

Paul Canoville
Chelsea Football Club's first black player and an award-winning sports author

Michelle Pierre-Carr
Former GB international athlete, Commonwealth 4x400m silver medalist and sports broadcaster

Rodney Hinds
Award winning Sports & Features Editor, The Voice newspaper

Kevin Hylton
Professor of Equality and Diversity in Sport, Leisure and Education, Leeds Metropolitan University

Filming and photography will take place at the event.

More panellists to be announced shortly.

Booking terms and conditions

  • You must be 16 and above to attend.
  • Audience members will be able to submit a question to be asked at the event at the point of booking, though we cannot guarantee that all questions submitted will be discussed.

Submitting questions in advance

  • The deadline for questions to be submitted is Tuesday 16 October by 2pm.
  • Email your questions to: info@wordsofcolour.co.uk. Please put ‘The Great Sport Debate’ in the subject header.

To find out more visit: www.wordsofcolour.co.uk/greatsportsdebate

Telling Tales

Where: Homerton Library, Homerton High Street, E9 6AS
When: Thursday 17th October 2013, 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Adm: Free Admission, no booking required

An interactive family African and Caribbean storytelling session, led by Sandra Agard. Family Event.
0208 356 3000 (ask for Homerton Library)

Discussing ‘Kindred’

Where: Hackney Central Library, Hackney Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane E8 1GQ
When: Thursday 17th October 2013, 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Adm: Free Admission, no booking required

The Reading Lane Book Group will get together with Midnight Central Book group to celebrate and discuss Kindred by Octavia Butler an internationally acclaimed writer whose evocative novels explore issues of race, sex and power. For age 18+

0208 356 3000 (ask for Hackney Central Library)

Play: Crowning Glory: to weave or not to weave

When: 17th October - 9th November 2013
Where: Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN.
: £12 / Tues – Thurs £15 (concs £10) / Upper Circle just £8 (concs £5) / Fri and Sat eves £18.50 (concs £12.50)

"In a world saturated with images of unrealistic and unobtainable beauty, how do women see themselves?"
Join our all-female cast of fun and feisty modern women as they share the trials and tribulations of their hair, and try to uncover what true beauty means.
This current, funny and thought-provoking show will undoubtedly get you talking. Come along with friends or family and take part in the conversation!
A new play about how mainstream Western definitions of beauty in today's world affects the way women see themselves - thought provoking.

Black Panther Movement UK

When: Thursday 17th October 2013, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Where: Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, ARTS 1 building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

Neil Kenlock presents his unique photographic collection of the Black Panther Movement in the early 1970s UK. Black Panthers Neil Kenlock and Barbara Gray reveal some of the stories behind the pictures.

Closest tubes: Mile End, Stepney Green
MAP: www.qmul.ac.uk/docs/about/26065.pdf

or search on eventbrite for "black panther movement uk"

Book Launch: Footprints: Poems by Peter Blackman

When: Thursday 17 October 2013, 6.30pm
Where: Institute of Race Relations, 2-6 Leeke Street, London WC1X 9HS

Speakers include:
■Chris Searle (compiler)
■Colin Prescod (IRRChair)

If you would like to come please definitely RSVP  (and incidentally the event will take place on the second floor of the IRR's offices in Kings Cross - and there is no lift).


Screening: Who Needs a Heart + Discussion

When: 17 October 2013, 8pm
Stratford East Picturehouse

WHO NEEDS A HEART - John Akomfrah's innovative and controversial documentary WHO NEEDS A HEART is inspired by the life and times of 1960s black revolutionary leader Michael X, self-styled leader of the Black Muslims in London and president of the Racial Adjustment Action Society.

The film uses an impressive musical soundtrack and experimental direction to explore the turbulence of 'black power' in 1960s England. WHO NEEDS A HEART describes the social scene behind the political movement, and the emotional and psychological consequences for a group of friends and lovers caught up in it.

Discussion led by Attillah Springer, who is a Trinidad-born writer for publications including Caribbean Beat and Another Magazine. She has written about Trinidad for acclaimed British artist Chris Ofili’s Tate Britain Retrospective and multimedia artist Zak Ove’s continued explorations of Afro Futurism in sculpture. Attilah is a Director of Idakeda Group, a collective of women in her family creating cultural interventions for social change in vulnerable communities in Trinidad and Tobago.

CAST: Treva Etienne 
CERT: 15
DISCUSSION: Attillah Springer

Click here for more information on The New Black Film Festival in partnership with Birkbeck, University of London & NUSHO. 

PASCF Workshop: The Origins of Racism and its Legacy re: a Continued Pigmentocracy.

When: Friday 18th October 2013, 7.00pm for refreshments and a prompt start @ 7.15pm
Where: 365 Brixton Road, London SW9 7DA (over from the police station on the corner of Gresham Road and Brixton Road) 
Adm: Free

When the 18th century botanist Carl Linnaeus turned from his classification of plants to humans, he introduced an idea of separate races and a hierarchy of colour that remains with us till this day. More than two hundred years later, when the Nobel Prize winning scientist, James Watson, famed for his unravelling the secrets of DNA, questioned the intelligence of Africans in an off-the-cuff remark in 2007, he was articulating the domain assumptions still held by a large section of society.

Join us as Bro Colin Grant, historian, producer and author investigates how these dominant ‘norms’ have arisen and how we effect change.

Presenter: Colin Grant is a historian, producer for BBC radio and Associate Fellow in the Centre for Caribbean Studies. His books include: 'Negro with a Hat', a biography of Marcus Garvey; 'I&I, The Natural Mystics', a group biography of the original Wailers; 'Bageye at the Wheel', his memoir of a 1970s suburban childhood in Luton was short-listed for the Pen/Ackerley Prize.

Please arrive for 7.00pm so that we can have some refreshments, mingle and start promptly at 7.15pm. 

We look forward to welcoming you. Please spread the word, attend and bring a friend with you.

Sis Jackie
On Behalf of PASCF


Mental illness in black and ethnic minority people: Challenges, responses and innovative practice in times of change

When: Friday 18 October 2013
Where: Royal Society Of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 0AE
Adm: From £40 (RSM Studen/Non Health Professional) - £120 (Consultant/GP)

8.20 am

Registration, tea and coffee

8.50 am

Welcome and introduction

Dr Tomás Campbell, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of Psychology & Health, Newham Psychological Services, East London Foundation Trust and President of Black & Ethnic Minority Health, RSM

9.00 am

Specific mental health needs BME/ marginalised communities and how they are being addressed within the IAPT programme

Mr Kevin Mullins, IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) Improving Accessibility

9.35 am

Specific mental health needs of BME/ marginalised communities

Dr Yasmin Khatib, Lecturer in Cultural Psychiatry at Queen Mary, University London

10.10 am

The mental health needs of African Health communities: The view from the third sector

Mr Francis Kaikumba, CEO, African Policy Network

10.40 am

Tea and coffee break

11.00 am

Suicide in a predominately African Caribbean forensic population: A follow-up study

Dr Aggrey Burke, Emeritus Consultant Psychiatrist

11.30 am

African Caribbean communities: The black British experience of mental health care

Matilda McAttram, Director, Black Mental Health UK

12.10 pm

Developments in psychotropic intervention

Dr Peter Byrne, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, East London Foundation Trust

12.40 pm

Panel discussion

1.00 pm


2.00 pm

Working with Asian women and families

Ms Baljit Bhanga, CEO, Newham Asian Women's Project

2.30 pm

Some psychological effects of broken attachments separation and loss on families of African Caribbean origin

Ms Elaine Arnold, Founder, Separation and Reunion Forum

3.15 pm

Does post code predict mental illness?

Dr Dele Olajide, King's College London

3.50 pm

SPr case presentation

4.20 pm

Panel discussion

4.55 pm

Completion of evaluation forms

5.00 pm

Close of meeting

You will need to go onto the Royal Society of Medicine  website and pay by credit card


Events Coordinator: Chanel Roachford - Tel: +44 (0) 20 7290 3942

Film: Pressure

When: Friday 18th October 2013, 11am
The Peel Centre Percy Circus, King’s Cross WC1X 9EY
Free - To book your place  please email sarah.gaughan@northlondoncares.org.uk or telephone 07807 325 369

 Partnership with North London Cares. Hailed as Britain’s first black feature film, Pressure is a hard-hitting dramatisation of the tensions that exist between first and second generation West Indian immigrants in 1970s London.

Tony, a bright school leaver, finds his high hopes dashed when he cannot find  work anywhere and potential employers treat him with suspicion because of his colour. In a bid to find a sense of belonging, he finds himself torn between  his parents’ conformity and his brother’s Black Power militancy clashing against  racist police officers on the street. It convincingly captures the spirit this pivotal  period for race relations in Britain and the politicisation of a generation.
120mins, Horace Ové, 1975, Cert 15

Merrick's 7x7 Birthday Celebration

When: Friday 18th October 2013, 6.30-11pm
Where: The HCEO, 39 Leswin Rd, Hackney, Stoke Newington, London N16 7NX
Adm: £4.90-49 donations

Merrick Hart is the founder of PurehArt Services and Trustee Director of the HCEO - Hackney Caribbean Elderly Organisation. You're invited to join in the celebrations of his 7x7 = 49th birthday party and the HCEO will also be remembering and honouring our British West Indian and Christian elderly citizens, pensioners and carers. If you would like to support this event as a volunteer, you can ring the number below for further details.

The event is supported by TV star Danny John-Jules from the Red Dwarf TV series and this is a charitable fundraising event. The HCEO runs several projects for and supports elderly West Indian citizens such as the Caribbean Elderly Day Care Centre, an Advocacy for the Caribbean Elders Project, the Dementia Project and a Financial Advice Project. To book your places for this event, please ring 0203-923 3536. Please make Gift Aid cheques payable to Hackney Caribbean Elderly Organisation

Tel: 0203-923 3536

The Enduring Effects of Slavery and Institutional racism

When: Saturday 19th October 2013,  9AM-3.00PM
Where: The Dream Centre, Tottenham Town Hall,   Town Hall Approach, London N15 4RY
Adm: Attendance is by invitation only. For further details please email: sscott@tmg-uk.org

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today, and, in that spirit, we, Tottenham Rights in conjunction with Queen Mary University, are seeking to mark Black History Month with a unique event in Tottenham that not only examines the past but also considers what the future may look like for Black communities across the UK.
 A serious and honest debate about racism and its impact on society is long overdue. Black History Month provides a significant moment for all of us to learn about the history and diverse cultures of different Black communities settled in the UK. As importantly, it provides an opportunity for community members, service provider’s, public servants and elected officials to come together in a safe space where shared learning can help stimulate debate and discussion that can lead to positive proposals for action, including potential changes to existing strategies, policies and practices and consequent better participation of marginalised communities in civic life.
This event will help to provide both an historical and current rationale to explain why it is that the, enduring legacy of slavery is still impacting on black communities, in the UK & USA, today, some 200 years after the abolition of the slave trade.
This workshop will help to provide an insight into why it is that some sections of Britain’s Black communities tend to erupt as a response to oppressive and discriminatory State and law enforcement policies and practices whilst other areas remain. A relatively new theory on Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome may hold the key to our developing a better understanding of how the past has a direct bearing on the
present for some Black communities.
We are proud to have the renowned academic and researcher Dr Joy DeGruy, author of the best selling 'Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome as our keynote speaker.
Attendance is by invitation only. For further details please email sscott@tmg-uk.org and book HERE
The event has been organised by Tottenham Rights and the Monitoring Group and is supported by Queen Mary, University of London.

Book launch: You Were Supposed To Love Me (The Break Up Book)

When: Saturday 19th October 2013, 15:00 – 16:30
Where: Robertos, 352 Old Kent Road, London SE1 5AA

Award winning Author Winsome ‘Lyrical Healer’ Duncan has been writing for over 20 years. You Were Supposed To Love Me is her third book title, which is currently being interpreted by public images at her valentine Art Exhibition which will be displayed in 2014. 

Breaking up is hard to do and can often leave women with a gapping internal void. The end of a relationship can signify an emotional time in her life. You Were Supposed To Love Me is a transitional book for those experiencing the final curtain call on their relationship. It takes into account the devastation felt when coping with a newly formed single life.

You Were Supposed To Love Me investigates the blockages to healthy relationships like sexual abuse, drug addiction, paranoia and mental health challenges, which can often impair the female/male communication. This collection of real life female stories is spoken in the narrative of one voice. You Were Supposed To Love Me explores how you can recover after living at Heartbreak hotel and adjust into a fulfilling single life.  This text is periodically poetic in its delivery.

Book excerpt: “I planted flowers of optimism in our garden and you trampled on hope, faith and charity. I hug myself at night to prevent a nervous breakdown, rocking back and forth in the bed. I blame me for your departure. It is easier if I shoulder our break up responsibility. Conversations of ‘yeah we are getting married’ immediately fade and the grasshoppers look on and laugh at me.”

Distinguished African Women in the Ancient World

When: Saturday 19th October 2013 @ 6.30pm
Marcus Garvey Library, (Bronze Room) Tottenham Green, 1 Philip Lane, London, N15 4JA
FREE ENTRY. To reserve a seat

All are cordially invited to a Stunning Visual Overview by African American Dr. Runoko Rashidi on Distinguished African Women in the Ancient World

Runoko Rashidi is a historian, research specialist, writer, world traveler, and public lecturer focusing on the African foundations of world civilizations. He is particularly drawn to the African presence in Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands, and has coordinated numerous historic educational group tours worldwide.

Dr. Rashidi is highly sought after for radio, television, and newspaper interviews, having been interviewed on hundreds of radio broadcasts and TV programs. He has made presentations at more than 125 colleges, universities, secondary schools, libraries, book stores, churches and community centers. On the international circuit he has lectured in over 50 countries.

Dr. Rashidi is the author of Introduction to the Study of African Classical Civilizations. He edited, along with Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, The African Presence in Early Asia, considered "the most comprehensive volume on the subject yet produced". Dr. Rashidi also authored The Global African Community: The African Presence in Asia, Australia and the South Pacific. In December 2005 Dr. Rashidi released his first text in French, A Thousand Year History of the African Presence in Asia. He is the author of the forthcoming work Black Star: The African Presence in Early Europe.

As an essayist and contributing writer, Dr. Rashidi's articles have appeared in more than seventy-five publications. His historical essays have been featured in the Journal of Civilizations Anthologies, and cover the global African presence.
Included among the notable African scholars that Runoko has worked with and been influenced by are: John Henrik Clarke, John G. Jackson, Yosef ben-Jochannan, Chancellor James Williams, Charles B. Copher, Edward Vivian Scobie, Ivan Van Sertima, Asa G. Hilliard III, Karen Ann Johnson, Obadele Williams, Charles S. Finch, James E. Brunson, Wayne B. Chandler, Legrand H. Clegg II, and Jan Carew.

As a traveler, Runoko has visited one hundred countries, colonies and overseas territories in a twelve year period beginning in 1999.

Dr. Rashidi believes that his main mission in life is to help make Africans proud of themselves, to help change the way Africa is viewed in the world and to help reunite a family of people that has been separated far too long.


P O Box 47479
Los Angeles, CA 90047
Phone: (210) 232-7272
Email: runoko@yahoo.com

Text/call   T. 07508 903 634  /  e. windrush.event@gmail.com

Black History Month Quiz Night

When: 19th October  2013
Where: Harmony Hall, 10 Truro Road, Walthamstowe E17 7BY
Adm: £9 per person, includes meal

ICSN   Iri Ji (New Yam) Festival 2013 & 15 Year Anniversary Celebration 

When: Saturday 19th October 2013, 6pm - Late
Where: Petchey Academy, Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London E8 2EY
Adm:  £15 (in advance) / £20 (On the door)

The Igbo Cultural Support Network (ICSN) proudly presents the 10th Annual Iri-ji (New Yam) Festival & 15th Year Anniversary Celebration at the Petchey Academy in Hackney.

This event will be a wonderful celebration of the most beautiful aspects of our rich Igbo heritage and culture.

The Iri-ji (New Yam) festival is the celebration of the culmination of a work cycle and the beginning of another. It is a time of thanksgiving to God for making the farm yields possible and praying for good yields next planting season.

It is one of the most significant festivals amongst the Igbo tribe in Nigeria and is celebrated in all corners of the globe.

Highlights of the events includes:

-   A variety of delicious African foods will be served – Rice, Yam, Meat and Fish dishes will be served.

-   Yam auctions, masquerades and cultural presentations to capture the essence of the festival

-   Performance by Egwu Oganiru (ICSN Dance Troop)
-   Performance from Chuka Royalty (Hiphop/Gospel/ Afrobeat)

-   Live music throughout the night by Kelechi Ify and dance until the early hours.

-     DJ Ify playing the finest in Afrobeats, RnB,, Funky House and Hip Hop.


This much anticipated event has been run successfully for the past 9 years. Last years event attracted over 500 attendees. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever!!


Yam is the most important food crop in Igboland. Evidence of this is borne by the cultural significance attached to Iri-ji in Igbo land.

The traditional Igbo society is mainly agrarian. Emphasis is placed on farming and the cultivation of sufficient food to last until the next food harvest. Special emphasis is placed on yam cultivation. The traditional Igbo man takes pride in showing off his yam barn neatly stacked with yam tubers from top to bottom. It signifies wealth and success.

In the days of old, a common question asked by a bride’s father when a young man signifies his intention to marry his daughter is “how big is your yam barn”? A big yam barn means the man is hardworking and can take care of his daughter.

The Iri-ji (New Yam) Festival was described by Odumegwu- Ojukwu (erstwhile Biafran Leader) as the “culmination of a work cycle and the beginning of another.” It is a time of thanksgiving to God for making the farm yields possible and praying for good yields next planting season.

The Iri-ji festival is celebrated at different times within the various Igbo communities, varying from August until October every year.

Nearest Tube: Dalston Kingsland & Dalston Junction (London Overground)
Nearest British Rail:  Rectory Road, Hackney Downs
Buses: 67, 76, 149, 243


"Together We Can" Ladies Day October 2013

When: Saturday, 19 October, 2013 11-6pm
Where: Old Stratford Town Hall, 29 Broadway, London, Gt Lon E15
Adm: Free

Register here: http://2inspireladiesdayoctober2013.eventbrite.co.uk/
2inspire ladies day is back!!!

October 19th will see the 3rd edition of the 2inspire ladies day.

A free entry event that showcases businesses and services that meet the needs of women. It will be taking place at the beautiful Old Stratford Town Hall in the heart of Stratford. The event is an ultimate one-stop shop: It includes a shopping arena, personal, business and lifestyle development workshops, pamper corner, entertainment and fashion show.

Expect this one to be the best yet!

If you would like to attend any of the workshops on the day a one off payment of £5 is essential, please make payment via workshop admission link and then highlight the workshops you would like to attend.

Eating for Success: How to give the body what the body wants
Facilitator: Daniele Pond
Time: 11.30 -12.30 

Media Communications for Business & Pleasure
Facilitator: Valley Fontaine
Time: 12.45-13.45

Africans in the diaspora: Widen your opportunities for success
 Facilitator:Jean Snikiwe Chawapiwa
 Time: 14.30-15.30

How to make your business Tick
Facilitator: Usha Penumuchi

Adopting A Holistic Approach to Hair Care & Hair Loss
Facilitator: Annette Headley


Croydon Symphony Orchestra

When: 20th Oct 2013
Where: Fairfield Halls
Adm: £8 (£7 each if you book for a group of 4 or more)

Sharon Simons is a very accomplished violinist and a member of the Croydon Symphony Orchestra.

The orchestra has two dates in their calendar where the performances are target at families/children. This is a fantastic oportunity to introduce our children to the classical genre. The concerts are at the Fairfield Hall is Croydon on 20 Oct 2013 and 9 Mar 2014.


Stand Up For The Comedy School

Where: 21 October 2013, 8pm
Where: The Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, London, SW1Y 4EE
Adm: £15

The Comedy School is a non profit organisation and relies heavily on volunteers and donations. We also welcome any specialist advice or work that can be given pro-bono. Therefore if you feel you can contribute in anyway please contact The Comedy School.

Acts include:
MC - Quincy 
Imran Yusuf  - Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow (BBC1), Edinburgh Comedy Fest (BBC3) September 2010, Currently working on his own TV show pilot titled "The Imran Yusuf Show" for BBC3 / 
Kojo  - Has done warm-ups for the Mobo Awards, a Missy Elliot concert for 3,000 people at the Hammersmith Apollo and the TV studio audience for Comic Relief 
Judith Jacob – BBC Real McCoy
Danny 'Slim' Gray  - Tours in every major city in England and Wales Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham,Liverpool and Cardiff
Glenda Jaxson (no not that one!)...
...these are just a few of many  
Discount available until Wednesday 16th October, 5 PM
 book online with the comedy store

The Comedy School runs vital projects in youth centres, prisons, schools and secure mental health units using comedy and performance to tackle serious issues in an educational and above all entertaining way!

You can help by having a laugh! 

www.thecomedyschool.com / email@thecomedyschool.com

If you would simply  like to make a donation you can do this online at www.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/comedyschoolcharitabletrust
The Comedy School Charitable Trust Registered Charity No. 1120951

“Lumumba: Death of a Prophet” (Cert: Exempt) Film

Screening and Q&A By Black History Studies.

When: Monday 21 October 2013
Where: Marcus Garvey Library
Adm: Free Admission.

“Lumumba: Death of a Prophet” offers a unique opportunity to reconsider the life and the legacy of one of the legendary figures of modern African history. Like Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba is remembered less for his lasting achievements than as an enduring symbol of the struggle for self-determination. This deeply personal reflection by acclaimed film maker Raoul Peck on the events of Lumumba’s brief twelve month rise and fall is a moving memorial to a man described as a giant, a prophet, a devil, “a mystic of freedom”, and the “Elvis Presley” of African politics. Refreshments Donations will be welcomed.

Are you brainwashed to act like a fool?

When: Monday 21st October 2013, 5:30pm
Where: 45 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PW
Free Booking: Just turn up!

An in-your-face seminar with a black history perspective, for young people to develop critical thinking to look at how you may be conditioned by Hollywood movies, music videos, computer games and advertising to act dumb and love it! Are you brainwashed? Scary Movie, Soulja Boy, Lil Wayne, Futurama, Disney, 300, GTA, Pussycat Dolls, Mariah Carey, Nelly, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of Caribbean, all make an appearance in this thought-provoking and interactive seminar. In partnership with Black History Walks.

Workshop: Beyond Slavery - Understanding African History

Where: Stoke Newington Library
When: Tuesday 22nd October 2013, 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Adm: Free

From Ancient civilisations and the world’s first universities to scientific institutes and revolutionary cultural renaissances. Come and discover why ‘black’ history always seems to start at slavery when African history and culture begins with the beginning of humankind. In this 2 hour presentation and workshop, community educator, Toyin Agbetu will take you on an tour sharing insights into how and why we must look beyond slavery when it comes to understanding African history and culture.

The Story of Ratchel Smith, From Africa to the Caribbean

When: Tuesday 22nd October 2013 @ 7:00pm
Marcus Garvey Library, (Bronze Room) Tottenham Green, 1 Philip Lane, London, N15 4JA

Don’t miss The Story of Ratchel Smith, From Africa to the Caribbean presented by Sharon Tomlin and Arthur Torrington CBE.

The Natural Hair Workshop

Where: Ann Tayler Children’s Centre 1 - 13 Triangle Road, N16 8QD
When: Tuesday 22nd October 2013 at 10am – 12pm

The Hackney Learning Trust and Creative Lifestyle CIC presents

The Natural Hair Workshop:

Our workshop will support you in learning how to care for your natural hair – and how to avoid chemically changing your child’s hair.  You will learn techniques of plaiting hair styles; and learn attractive ways to cornrow hair and how to use a variety of oils, combs and hair accessories. This workshop will give you hands on practical experience on your child’s hair or on a hair mannequin.


When: Tuesday 22 October 2013, 20:00-00:00
Where: Birthdays, 33-35 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8BJ
Adm: 7.00 £adv GET TICKETS http://billetto.co.uk/afrikanboy

Afrikan Boy is growing up, and getting serious, maybe making a play for thegrime majors and mainstream crossover like Tinie Tempah and Dizzee before him.He’s come far from being an unknown guest rapper on MIA’s Kala. Now that he’s armed with adegree in psychology, he’s using Jedi mind tricks on his unsuspecting fans.  "Definitely a self-styled star on the rise." - Metro


Lyrics and history

When: Wednesday 23rd October 2013
Where: 45 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PW
Adm: Free Booking: Just turn up! When: 5:30pm

The power of lyrical expression to raise awareness and voice your history!
 This is an interactive workshop for you to work with an experienced rapper and compose your own lyrics or spoken word about Black British history and what it means for you and society today.
 We take inspiration from renowned musical artists who have used their craft to inspire people about Black history, and learn about the struggle for equal rights for Black people in Britain, with a particular focus on the Bristol Bus Boycott, which marks its 50th anniversary this year. (see image right)Learn, be inspired, create and perform your on piece in partnership with BritishBlackMusic.com

Independence Documentary: Q&A with Director Winstan Whitter

When: Thursday 24th October 2013, 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Where: Hackney Museum, Ground Floor, Technology and Learning Centre,1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
Adm: Free Admission, booking required. Contact Linda Sydow on 020 8356 2509 or email linda.sydow@hackney.gov.uk

Screening of the documentary that commemorates the story of Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica’s Independence in 1962, through archive footage and stories from those who remember life on the Islands, before and during Independence. The documentary interviews Hackney residents, local people and the High Commissioners in the UK for both countries in 2012. Running time 40 minutes. For all ages.

From the margins to the mainstream? The state of Black British publishing

When: Thursday 24th October 2013, 6.30pm - 7.45pm
Where: Dalston C.L.R. James Library and Hackney Archives, Dalston Square, E8 3BQ
Adm: Free Admission, no booking required

Amid the heated debate over whether traditional publishing will survive e-publishing and the Kindle, what is happening to Black publishing? Since the publication of Olaudah Equiano’s The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African in 1789, Margaret Busby launching Allison & Busby Ltd in the 1960s and the heady launch of The X Press in 1992, how is Black publishing faring? What is its current role? The event will also discuss the role of e-publishing in sustaining its future and that of Black authors. To explore this important topic, Joy Francis, executive director of Words of Colour Productions, will chair an exciting panel of publishers, editors and writers, including Patsy Antoine (former editor at HarperCollins, former commissioning editor for Random House), Steve Pope (former editor of The Voice, co-founder of X Press), Kadija (George) Sesay (founder/publisher SABLE LitMag, series editor for the Inscribe imprint at Peepal Tree Press) and Becky Nana Ayebia Clarke MBE (former submissions editor for Heinemann African and Caribbean Writers Series, founder Ayebia Clarke Publishing). For age 16+
Dalston Junction Station or Dalston Kingsland Station
0208 356 3000 (ask for Dalston C.L.R. James Library)

Cre8 Gallery and Earth Tone Arts Present... 

"The Orisha Experience" A Photographic Exhibition by James C. Lewis

When: See Below
: Cre8 Gallery 80 Eastway, Hackney Wick, London E9 5JH

This will be the first European exhibition showcasing the work of photographer James C. Lewis. The series features his interpretations of the African Orishas from the Ifa religion of Nigeria. 

His choice to create this series may have been a subconscious homage to his Nigerian heritage, but his true goal was to tell the story of the Orishas who inspired much of the Greek mythology that we have come to know. This series is a powerful and enlightening series that features astoundingly beautiful imagery of African people.

"I wanted to portray the regal beauty of each Orisha while also representing their majestic sensuality. Each iconic depiction was rendered to lend strength to our resilience as a great race of people and to show our youth that they are beautiful, bold and brilliant just the way God created them to be."

Diary of Events:

Opening Party:
Thursday 24th October / 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Featuring Live Music, Storytelling, African Drumming Food and Drinks

The Orisha Experience Seminar:
Sunday 27th October / 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Featuring a panel of guest speakers from the Ifa/Yoruba community in the UK

Closing Party:
Friday 1st November / 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Featuring the Afrobeat Vibration and Sounds of DJ Koichi and the Ghetto Lounge

Contact: gallery@cre8lifestyle.org.uk / 07506 481 509 / 07956 513 671

Songs and stories from Africa and the Caribbean

When: Friday 25th October 2013, 6.15 – 7.45pm
Shoreditch Library, 80 Hoxton Street, N1 6LP
Adm: Free Admission, no booking required

Join Ngoma Bishop and friends for an evening celebrating the similar and common heritage of West African and Caribbean art and culture. There will be stories from West Africa and the West Indies and vocal performances of African & West Indian folk songs accompanied by traditional African drums, steel drums & flute. Open to the whole family but geared mainly to senior citizens, it will be an intimate affair with the audience encouraged to participate in the performances. Family Event with an emphasis on senior citizens.
0208 356 3000 (ask for Shoreditch Library)

Look How Far We’ve Come…Exploring African British Histories

When:Thursday October 24, 6.30pm-9.00pm
Where: Westminster Reference Library, 35 Saint Martin's Street, London WC2H 7HP
Adm: Free

A free, inter-generational audio-visual presentation by history consultant Kwaku, where he focuses on and beyond his work in progress* in order to map out more than a millennium of African British histories. Includes a Q&A . Light refreshments provided.

*Look How Far We’ve Come… is a book and DVD resource set for release in February 2014. It covers Black History Month, the Bristol Bus Boycott, and Black Sections, but also highlights racism, education, police, etc.


Lecture: Quantum Healing: Self Empowerment and Transformation

When: Friday October 25, 2013, 6 PM to 9 PM
Where: Cre8 Gallery (Old Baths),  80 Eastway, Hackney Wick E9 5JH
Adm: £8.00 (Pay on the door)

This lecture by Yoga Master, Yirser Ra Hotep will explore the mind/body science of Yoga as a system of healing and transformation that was created by the people of Kemet (Ancient Egypt). Yirser who has over 35 years of experience as an instructor, researcher and innovator in the field of Yoga will shed light on the African origins of Yoga, it's symbolic representation in ancient Egyptian spiritual iconography and how it can be applied today to heal, balance and energize our community.
Contact: info@ancientfuture.org.uk / 07506 481509

London Overground: Hackney Wick
Buses: 26, 30, 236, 276, 388, 588


Word Power: Together We Can!

When: Tuesday October 29th 2013, 6.30pm - 8.30pm  
Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow HA1 2XY
Adm: Free  For more information or to book: www.harrowBHM.eventbrite.com

Keynote speaker: Motivational speaker Andrew Muhammad's family-friendly presentation highlights African British civil rights, followed by Q&A. Creative writing and performance speaking to civil rights theme from youth workshop facilitated by Music4Causes rappers Kimba and Paradise. Light refreshments available.

Operation Sankofa: Black Dolls Expo #5

When: Sat. 26th October 2013, 13:00
Where: Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Adm: Full £10, Conc £3, Under 5s Free

‘Celebrating our Sheroes’

"I want one just like me!"

A day-long trade fair celebrating diverse dolls including activities such as face painting and drawing.

An afternoon packed with sales, workshops presentations, children's corner and raffle for a magnificent collector's doll.

Bring your dolls and stories to share.

Celebrating Our Sheroes

Who makes you proud? Sister? Mother? Relative? Friend?

Write a short piece, poem,song, or make art about your hero for the event.

For more details go to www.operationsankofa.com

Click here to buy tickets.

Screening: The Great Debate (followed by the Mandela students debate)

When: 26th October 2013, 12pm – 3pm
Where: The CarAf Centre 
Adm: Free

Our annual International Black Day is part of the Black History Month events. This event is suitable for the whole family. Entrance is free with a cultural refreshments provided.

Please book to confirm your place on: 020 7284 0030 ext: 221 


When: Saturday 26 October 2013, 1-3pm
British Museum

Join Alvin Kofi for afternoon of drawing and inspiration at the British Museum.

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Claudia Jones Lecture 2013: Dr Nicola Rollock FRSA

When: Monday 28th October 2013, 7pm
Where: Thomson Reuters HQ, Auditorium, 1st Floor, 30 South Colonnade, Thomson Reuters, Canary Wharf, London E14 5EP

Race and racism in a post-racial age: 20 years on since the murder of Stephen Lawrence is the subject of this year's Claudia Jones Lecture.

Nicola Rollock is deputy director of the Centre for Research in Race & Education. Her interests lie in examining race inequity in British society and in understanding how minoritised groups navigate and survive racism.

She is best known for her recent research The educational strategies of the black middle classes, which received widespread coverage in the press, and the seminal report The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry 10 Years On, the conclusions of which were debated in parliament.

Dr Rollock was head of education of the race equality charity The Runnymede Trust, where she led the design of a national training programme and resources for teachers. She has been an adviser to a number of government and non-government organisations – recently giving evidence to the Liberal Democrats Race Equality Taskforce – and writes widely for academic and mainstream audiences with articles in The Guardian, The Voice Newspaper and The Evening Standard.
She is writing a book about the Black Middle Classes (to be published by Routledge in 2014) and has started a two year project, funded by the Society for Educational Studies, examining how issues of race and racism have been incorporated into educational policy in the 20 year period since the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Further details and contact information

Lena Calvert, NUJ equality officer

Presentation: Black Couples Who Made World History

When: Monday 28th October 2013, 7pm - 9pm
Where: Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham Green Centre, 1 Phillip Lane, Tottenham, London, N15 4JA
Adm: Admission is FREE. Donations will be welcomed

Throughout history, there are many Black men and women who have joined together in marriage and have contributed to World History.

Often their contribution as a couple have been overlooked and not celebrated.

There have been attempts to destroy the institution of marriage and to break families apart but Black families have been able to stay together and survive during difficult times in history.

In this presentation, Black History Studies will focus on royalty, liberators, activists, educators and musicians who have altered the course of history. Clearly there is a need to give a balance against the negative messages and images that surround Black relationships as CAN YOU NAME 10 BLACK MARRIED COUPLES WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO WORLD HISTORY?
There will be a Q&A after the presentation. 

Live Script Reading

When: Sunday 29th September 2013, Doors 3PM, Start :3.30PM - 5.30PM
Where: The Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ
Adm : £5

Hello ScriptReadEaster’s!
We did indeed have the summer off and hope you did too! It’s been a time to recap, reflect and plan.See you soon, spread the word.

Sophie and the ScriptReadEast crew.

A lively bunch of scripts to be read by our talented actors, keeping you entertained and wanting more! We’re happy to welcome back talented funny man MR BLAIR who will be hosting the show.
Kicking off with short theatre script by Sacha Ackland ‘The Walls have ears’

'Secrets from the past are brought into focus when a mother, Lena, and her daughter, Esme, move to an old country house. Ghosts of the past haunt the house - do they have malicious intent? Or do they serve just to remind us of things that ought not be forgotten?'

Coming of age theatre script Cabbage’ by Keshia Watson.Katrina Brown has a dream. Save Money. Fly to New York, be a writer. Life in ‘the ends’ is hard on a dreamer, she has responsibilities, namely a family consisting of Granddad, a reformed alcoholic and born again Christian, Tasha her impressionable younger sister and Mother, battling depression.  A story of love, family and culture.’

A nostalgic look at the ‘80’s,boy’s coming of age story, 1985’ by Peter Lowe.‘PHILIP born 1968 at the time Manchester United beat Benfica to win the European Cup. Living with his sister and abandoned by his mother, Philip’s favourite pastime is reggae music. determined to be an MC and follow in the footsteps of his hero’s SMILEY CULTURE and the UK BUBBLERS. ‘

Further info & script submissions:scirptreadeast@gmail.com


Lecture: Legacy of £20 million slavery compensation

When: Tuesday 29th October 2013 @ 7:00pm
Where: Marcus Garvey Library, (Bronze Room) Tottenham Green, 1 Philip Lane, London

Come along and discover How the £20 Million Compensation to Enslavers Helped to Build Britain’s Infra-structure a presentation by Dr. Nick Draper

Africa Global Women in Business Forum 2013

Where: The Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5BZ. London, UK
When: Wednesday, 30 October 2013, 12:00 - 21:00 (GMT)  Registration commences between 12:00 - 16:00 / Thursday, 31 October 2013 at 18:00 (GMT) /08:00 - 17:30 (GMT)
Adm: www.agdwibf.eventbrite.co.uk

ProgrammeAGWIB Forum 2013 programme

Africa is fast rising. With a population of over 1 billion, its women continue to play a pivotal role in the growth and development of the continent.

According to a World Bank report, 80% of food produced in Africa were by women albeit they constitute between 30% – 40% of entrepreneurs running small and medium businesses.

Despite  being a powerful source of economic growth and opportunity in most societies, African women in the private sector or business continue to encounter lots of challenges including unequal treatment and undeserved stereotypical barriers in their day-to-day business life. In emerging markets, they have unmet financial needs of close to 300 billion dollars every year.

Currently, nearly half or 48.4% of the available productive potential of women is under or unutilised compared to 22.3% of men. Thus, in order to achieve a more sustainable economic and social development, good gender policies and legislation will have to be put in place with access to finance to enable them start, grow and expand their businesses.

Training and information on improving business skills to enable them flourish as well as inspiration from successful female entrepreneurs are also very essential. The opportunities are vast and it requires the concerted efforts of all stakeholders to unite under this platform to achieve these goals.


  • Discover the financial options available for diaspora women to grow your business successfully
  • Understand the criteria for getting funding from financial and development agencies
  • Explore opportunities in various sectors in different regions of the continent
  • Share knowledge and experiences of building successful businesses
  • Network with about 250 top and successful women entrepreneurs and business executives ?
  • Develop the latest practical skills and knowledge in business to help you flourish
  • Connect with global counterparts with interests in the continent
  • Inspire and promote African diaspora and global business women
Give women entrepreneurs a voice and platform to be heard globally.


  • Ndeye Rosalie Lo, Head of Gender Programme, NEPAD
  • Leora Klapper, Lead Economist, The World Bank
  • Mariam Dao-Gabala, Regional Representative – West Africa, OikoCredit
  • President, The World Association of Women Entrepreneurs / Les Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises Mondiales (FCEM)
  • HRH Muzvare Betty Makoni, CEO, GCNW
  • Suzanne F. Stevens, CEO, Ignite Excellence Inc, Canada
  • Kanini Mutooni, CEO, MyAzimia, Germany
  • Peter Ryan, CEO, MicroLoan Foundation, UK & Africa
  • Egon Cossou, Editor, Africa Business Report, BBC News
  • Ngozi Edozien, CEO, Actis West Africa*
  • Ronke Lawal, former CEO & CEO, Islington Chamber of Commerce & RSL Management respectively
  • Minna Salami, Award-winning Writer & Blogger, MsAfropolitan
  • David Smith, Chairman, British African Business Alliance
  • Ida Horner, Founder and Director, African Diapora Issues
  • Francine Beleyi, Founder, African Diaspora Professional Women in Europe

Early bird registration is currently on for the first 50 respondents and you can register now to take advantage of the discount to attend this historic meeting. 

Please go to www.agdwibf.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information please contact: Ernest Okwudike, Conference Director  
+447 909 468 059

Web: www.agwibf.com 

Book Launch: Pan-Africanism and Communism - The Communist International, Africa and the Diaspora, 1919-1939

When: 31 October 2013
Where: SOAS
Adm: Free

Inspirational Author & Historian', Dr Hakim Adi shares details of his latest book:

Pan-Africanism and Communism - The Communist International, Africa and the Diaspora, 1919-1939


When: Friday 1st November 2013
Where: Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1

Closing event: conference Black History’s future: bringing diversity to education and celebration
How do we reach a place where people’s histories are not marginalised, so there will be no need for Black History Month, or other special events that seek to promote equality?

What is the future of the role of equality events such as Black History Month? and how do we ensure that diversity is integrated in mainstream education and celebrations all year round?

This conference seeks to bring together experts, educators, statutory representatives and the wider community to move forward and ensure that mainstream education and celebrations are fairly representative of the diverse communities that contribute to our history and the society. This is the closing event for Islington Black History Month 20132pm  – 5pm, followed by networking drinks and refreshments Booking: booking is essential email info@everyvoice.org.uk to book your place today.

Speakers and panellists include:
• Dr. Robin Whitburn and Abdullahi Mohamud discussing their ongoing work and new book on teaching Black history in schools Doing History Justice
• Tony Warner, Director of Black History Walks
• Patricia Lamour, Equality and education specialist and CoFounder of GEEDA (Gender Education and Education Development for Africa)
• Kandace Chimbiri, author of Black History books for children
• Lela Kogbara Assistant Chief Executive at Islington Council (Strategy & Community Partnerships
• Martin Spafford, Head of History at George Mitchell School in Waltham Forest, Fellow of the Schools History Project and member of panel that wrote the KS3 History Curriculum that Michael Gove is about to remove.

Delivering Race Equality in Health

When: Wednesday 6th November 2013, 9:30am — 1.30pm
Where: Croydon Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon, London CR9 1ET

The event is a Community Question Time intended to focus on making recommendations for a Health Service that is more appropriate and responsive to
the needs of Croydon’s Black and Minority Ethnic communities. An opportunity for BME communities to ask important questions and engage with Croydon’s
health leaders and service providers; helping to reshape access, experience and outcomes for BME communities.

Croydon BME Forum
Giving Black and Minority Ethnic People a Voice

Call:   0208 684 3719  / Email: event@bmeforum.org

Ancestral Vibrations: 'The Maafa & the road to African Redemption'  a lecture by Dr Kwasi Damani

When: Saturday, 9 November 2013, Doors open at 5.45pm and lecture starts 6.30pm
Where: The Avenues, Harrow Road, W10
Adm: £15 in advance, more at the door! 

Taui Network Europe, African History Season, invites you to enjoy an evening of Ancestral vibrations.

The legacy and profound impact of African enslavement is ignored globally and yet to this day, it overshadows her descendants, at home and abroad, and denies the world a truthful record of the magnitude of African contribution to civilisation and culture. This lecture by Dr Kwasi Damani will open the way to a new understanding of the Maafa. 

Cultural edutainment from international Reggae Artiste, DJ & poet Macka B and spoken word by Connie Bell.

Delicious vegan food on sale

African attire. Non-smoking, non-alcohol event.

Winners and Losers: Talk by Steve Martin

When: Thursday 21st November 2013, 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Where: Hackney Museum, Ground Floor, Technology and Learning Centre,1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ

Explore who were the winners and losers in the history of Hackney's people of African origin, past and present. Steve Martin is an author and researcher specialising in the history of people of African origin in Britain. He is the Learning Manager at the Black Cultural Archives. His latest book is Jupiter Amidships. All ages welcome.
Free Admission, booking required. To book contact Linda Sydow on 020 8356 2509 or email linda.sydow@hackney.gov.uk

Claudia Jones & Amy Ashwood Garvey: Sisters In Civil Rights Activism

When: Thursday November 7 2013, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow HA1 2XY
Adm: Free

Speaker: Jurisconsult and community advocate Esther Stanford-Xosei highlight the post-1960s work of the two female activists, followed by Q&A. Light refreshments available.

MHC Annual Fundraising Ball 2013: Saving Lives of Mothers and Babies

When: Saturday 16th November 2013
Where: Petchey Academy, London
Adm: Standard - £35 / VIP - £50 (£25/£40 Early Bird Offer before 30th October)

On Saturday 16th November 2013, Motherhood Health Care (MHC) will be holding its First Annual Charity at the Petchey Academy in London. 

Fifty thousand people died in Sierra Leone’s brutal eleven-year civil war, which ended in 2002. Since then, thousands more have died in a lesser-known scourge: childbirth. Sierra Leone has the third-highest maternal mortality rate in the world; one in 23 women die as a result of pregnancy and thousands more suffer health complications, leaving them with lifelong disability and pain. Many of these deaths are entirely preventable. In a country of six million people, there are only 3 obstetricians, 155 midwives and less than 300 trained doctors.

The aim of the Ball is to raise funds in order to save the lives of mothers who are dying from pregnancy and childbirth related issues in Sierra Leone. 

The event will consist of poetry, dance, African drumming, music, raffle and dinner.

I will be hosting the event and would love for you to support us on the day. Please find attached a flyer with more information.

If you would like to purchase a ticket, please get in contact with me.
info@motherhoodhealthcare.org / 07908


Look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards 


Challenging Narratives Of Deaths In Custody

When: Tuesday 26 November 2013, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Where: Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow HA1 2XY
Adm: Free

Keynote speaker: Human rights activist Matilda MacAttram highlights some of the activism and campaigns surrounding a number of death in custody cases, followed by Q&A. Light refreshments available.

Does The Conviction Of Stephen Lawrence's Murderers Signal A Turning Point In African British Civil Rights?

When: Tuesday 10th December  2013, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow HA1 2XY
Adm: Free

Keynote speaker: Community activist Marc Wadsworth examines the legacy of Lawrence's death, followed by Q&A, poetry recitation by youths, and the Season's Evaluation report. Light refreshments available.
For more information or to book: www.harrowBHM.eventbrite.com.

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LIGALI is a Pan African, human rights organisation. It is maintained and funded entirely by friends and family of the Ligali organisation, donations are welcome as we need your help to keep it running.


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NYANSAPO is the name of one of the many Adinkra symbols in Akan culture, it is a knot that is so intricately tied it is said that, “only the wise can untie the wisdom knot”. This ebe (proverb) points to the fact that only wisdom affords one the ability to see parts in relation to the whole within which they belong. Wisdom breeds patience, and the insight needed to untangle complex issues and arrive at just solutions grounded in divine order without profaning Ancestral culture in the process.

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