Lambeth Black History Month
Welcome to this year's Lambeth Black History Month celebrations, managed by Lambeth Libraries and Archives services.
We are pleased to introduce this year's programme crammed full of a inspirational, fun and thought provoking events to celebrate Black History throughout October. We hope you will enjoy this showcase of creative and artistic talent and join us in celebrating this exciting annual event. Here are some of the highlights for this year but for a full brochure of all the events on offer pick one up at our local Lambeth Library or download a copy of the brochure.
Please note that booking is essential for all events – please contact Libraries bookings on 0207 926 1075 or on email@example.com.
2013 Black History Month highlights
Talk to Me: The true life story of Ralph Waldo 'Petey' Greene Jr. - Film Screening
Date: Monday 30 September
Venue: Whirled Cinema. 259-260 Hardess Street, Loughborough Junction. SE24 0HN
In the mid-to-late 1960s in Washington D.C., vibrant soul music and an exploding social consciousness were combining to a unique and powerful effect. It was the place and time for Petey to fully express himself. The newly minted ex-con talks his way into an on-air radio gig. Petey was determined to make not just himself but his community heard during an exciting and turbulent period in American history. As Petey's voice, humour and spirit surge across the airwaves with the vitality of the era, listeners tune in to hear not only incredible music but also a man speaking directly to them about race and power in America like few people ever have. Q&A discussion after screening. Complementary drink for first 20 people!
For further details and booking, visit the Event brite website.
Black Cultural Archives: Lambeth Caribbean family
Date: Saturday 5 October
Venue: Carnegie Library
Time: 2.30 to 4pm
The Black Cultural Archives will be opening in 2014 and its location in the heart of Lambeth gives a special acknowledgement to the individuals and families who came to Lambeth seeking a better life and to contribute to the economy of Britain.
S I Martin is one of the UKs foremost researchers specialising in the experience of Britain’s Black communities. He will be available to answer questions on a one-to-one basis on family history, give advice on starting your family tree and to talk about the collections that will be available at the BCA.
Drop in to see him - bring along your family photos and stories and maybe you'll be in the Archive!
BBA Shakespeare presents 'To Tell My Story' exhibition
Dates: Monday 30 September to Sunday 13 October
Venue: Clapham Library
British Black and Asian Shakespeare presents 'To Tell My Story' exhibition. Shakespeare is at the heart of British culture and the ways in which we stage his plays help to define our understanding of ourselves. For many years brilliant Black and Asian actors have played a major part in shaping and enriching our relationships with Shakespeare. 'To Tell My Story' is a visual history of some of those performers researched in a three year project based at Warwick University and led by Professor Tony Howard.
'To Tell my Story' talk, readings and panel Q&A
Date: Tuesday 8 October
Venue: Clapham Library
A Highlight of the BBA Shakespeare project in Lambeth is a talk by Professor Tony Howard. Tony Howard is the founder of the Warwick University English and Theatre Studies degree, lead on the BBA Shakespeare project, author and curator of a season of Shakespeare films from round the world for the Cultural Olympiad. He also works closely with Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
His talk will include dramatic readings from well-known Shakespearean actors including Nicholas Bailey (Theatre: Julius Caesar, A Winter's Tale, Hamlet, King Lear, TV: Eastenders) and conclude with a Q&A with Tony Howard and the readers.
Director Charles Burnett: From George to Trayvon. Film preview and Director Q&A
Date: Wednesday 9 October
Venue: Brixton Library
African-American film director Charles Burnett is a film producer, writer, editor, actor, photographer, and cinematographer and considered by the Chicago Tribune as ‘one of America's very best filmmakers’, and by the New York Times as ‘the nation's least-known great filmmaker and most gifted black director’.
Tonight, following a film documentary preview, he will discuss his upcoming film ‘83 Days, The Murder of George Stinney Jr’, based on the real story of a 14 year old boy who in 1944, in the small town of Alcolu, was arrested and accused of the murder of two girls, aged 11 and 8. The film unpicks the legal process leading up to the final courtroom verdict against a boy too young to defend himself, who also became the youngest person ever to be executed in the United States. Audience members will get the opportunity to hear why the case is still important and compare with the recent Trayvon Martin verdict.
During his illustrious 40 year film career, Charles’ best known works include Killer of Sheep (1977) and The Glass Shield (1994). Not to be missed – book early for this absolute highlight.
Sounds like London: 100 Years of Black music in the Capital with Lloyd Bradley
Date: Wednesday 16 October
Venue: Brixton Library
Lloyd Bradley is author of Bass Culture: when Reggae was King, the best-selling book ever on Jamaican music, as well as a regular contributor to Mojo and the Observer. He is one of the UK's most respected writers on Caribbean culture and music. Tonight he talks about his latest book Sounds like London - a journey from the early presence of pre-first world war Black music, through the Soho jazz scene, Brixton blues parties and onto the sound systems and raves that shaped the city and in turn the nation.
'Don’t leave it to the teacher' with Dr Dean Alleyne
Date: Wednesday 23 October
Venue: West Norwood Library
Many parents make the mistake of thinking that children will automatically settle into their new school environment on the primary to secondary transfer, but many children who excel in primary can fail in secondary school. What the parents may not know is that such a transfer can be a traumatic and stressful experience.
Dr Alleyne is a retired secondary head teacher and uses all of his experience to produce a toolkit for parents of Black and ethnic minority children that explores how they can help their child's chances of success and to achieve their full potential.
Dads and Daughters celebration ball
Date: Saturday 26 October
Venue: Assembly Room, Lambeth Town Hall, Acre lane. SW2 1RW
Dads! This Black History Month, we invite you to put your best suit on and escort your daughters to our Black History Month Ball. Daughters! This is a special day for you and dad, so put on your favourite ball gown, get your hair done and come along to the prestigious Lambeth Assembly Rooms on the 26 October 2013.
The Excitement begins at 2pm. Enjoy the buffet banquet, learn about African history, meet other princesses, and get your themed portrait done with your No.1 dad.
Enjoy an afternoon and evening filled with drummers, a chocolate fountain, themed portrait studio, lots of food and drink, goody bags, singers, dancers and so much more!
All tickets are free but must be booked in advance by an adult - daughters should be aged 5 to 15. Book your place now at www.dadde.co.uk
The Caine Prize night of African Writing
Date: Wednesday 30 October
Venue: Brixton Library
The Caine Prize for African writing is Africa's leading literary award and brings the best of African writing to a wider audience. Previous winners include Leila Aboulela, Brian Chikwava and Noviolet Bulawayo.
At this event judges and writers will discuss the state of African literature and its impact on, and success in, the UK and US publishing industries.
The best 100 African and Caribbean books event: Let's nyam - words and food
Date: Friday 1 November
Venue: Brixton Library
Join writers and cooks in a celebration of food and literature from Africa and the Caribbean. Get out your finest traditional African clothes and elaborate head-dresses and come and share your fondest memories of food and words. Whether your family hails from Africa, the Caribbean or anywhere else on the globe, we share many of the same foods and words.
Prizes for the best dressed person on the night. Tickets £5 online www.theafrikanfamilyworks.net or purchase from Janet Edwards Flower shop, 6 Arlington Parade, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RH.
This is an Afrikan Family Works event in partnership with Lambeth Libraries. For information: phone 07783 188 100, twitter @afworksnet #nyamwords&food.
*The word 'nyam' is the word for 'eating' across the Caribbean. But did you know that it originates from the Manjak language of Guinea-Bissau, West Africa?
We have some wonderful events for children and young people this year including young peoples debates, the Life of Mary Seacole and an exploration of Gospel music from past to present.
Storytelling across the borough has a distinctive African and Caribbean feel this month so visit your local library and experience Lambeth's Black History Month.
For a full brochure of all the events on offer pick one up at our local Lambeth Library or download a copy of the brochure here.
You can find out more on the Black History Month website.