Black History Month 2012 in Lewisham

Lewisham is celebrating Black History Month with a huge range of events, taking place at venues across the borough for the next four weeks. Most of the action takes place elsewhere - in particular, at the Deptford Lounge - but the most local events include:

23 October 10.30am–4pm 
Ladywell Day Centre
Celebrate Black History Month and World Mental Health Day with fun, entertainment and great food.

26 October 7.30–8.30pm 
Crofton Park community library
Caribbean Community Choir and writer Steve Smith present an evening of song

1 November 10-11am
Crofton Park community library
Half Term Tour: Afrakan Storytelling - join Griot Chinyere to explore storytelling from the Afrakan tradition.

22 comments:

Sonia Quinn said...

Also every Thursday this month celebrations for the under 5's at Crofton Park library including craft, story and song.

Sonia Quinn said...

Sorry. Meant to give time too. 10am-10:45am

Tim said...

Brilliant idea. The country has a massive deficit, things are getting cut left, right and centre, and we're celebrating Black History Month.

What a joke.

Matt said...

When is LGBT month?

Arthur Don said...

Put down that pint, stop reading that book and for god sake don't celebrate anything untill we can once again breeth the good clean air from purging ourself with puratanical parsimony. (Sorry about the aliteration).

AusTerryT said...

Come on Tim don't be so dour, even the poorest third world countries have the occasional festival to cheer up the punters...

Remeber, all austerity and no play can make people a bit rioty...

Robert said...

I Love Black History Month - though now I associate it equally with a fantastic Death From Above 1979 single from a few years back.

http://youtu.be/DN6bNk-bW6w

Anonymous said...

Seriously, people are pissed off about this event? Grow up!

Tamsin said...

On the costs of it they do seem to have totally cut back on the production of hard copy brochures - in previous years the borough has been awash with them. Also, if you look at the detail, a lot of it is stuff that has been or can be arranged to happen anyway - it's just a matter of pulling together a co-ordinated theme.

Missing from the list, however, is the Lewisham Local History Society's monthly talk in the Methodist Church Hall, Albion Way (SE13 6BT). They planned it as part of Black History Month, but did not tell the council within the print deadline - although I suppose I could stil get it listed on-line:

Friday 26th October: Sir Mancherjee Menwanjee Bhownagree Between 1895 and 1906 a Conservative politician of Indian Parsi heritage was Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green North East, the second Indian to be a British MP. Talk given as part of Black History Month by Councillor Mike Harris.

Although I suppose technically that's not "black" history. I do think that now, three or even four generations after The Windrush, it is time to change the emphasis to include other ethnic minorities.

Not really said...

We should ban Remembrance Sunday. If your relatives died in the war, buy your own reef. Or visit your local memorial in your own time. That 2 minute science when multiplied by the working population equates to 5miles of dual carriage way - think about ! Political correctness and stuff.

Waste of money, it was years ago, what about rembarence sunday for all the other bad shit? blah, blah blah... *indignation* *puce faced rage* *stroke*

kolp said...

It's "black" in the political sense Tamsin. In the sense of being "other".


I actually like this event as it's free (at the point of delivery) culture. It helps me to understand why the part of the world I inhabit is why it is.

I remember Furious' remarks from that UBR road thread...in relation to this.

These events are important and this applies to LGBT events are important too tackle homophobia attitudes to travellers. There is a LOT of fear, misunderstanding, ignorance regarding people who minority cultures.

The more understanding we have in our society the better for ALL of us. The majority feels less anxiety as they know a bit better what they are dealing with the minority culture feels better understood and perhaps empathised with.

Anonymous said...

'breeth' clean air?

buy your own memorial 'reef'?

jeez

artthur don said...

Kolp
Are you using your left foot to type.

kolp said...

No focus on me, just focus on the comments.

Anonymous said...

Since when did Black mean 'Other'. Are other 'Others' included in this definition?

I always thought it related to African heritage and the events certainly suggest than.


kolp said...

I'm sorry I really can't give sociological classes on here. Google the word "other" Derrida, Orientalism Edward Said etc.

Anonymous said...

Anon @12:35 jeez? is that a word? DOesn't matter, i understand your point, as you do mine.

I expect you're on the phone to your local UKIP candidate as we speak. Spraying the receiver with stale beer and pork scratchings as you DEMAND a WHITE history month.

Calm down sunshine.

Anonymous said...

@anon 13.21 of course it's not a word I was being ironic

Anonymous said...

Kolp, seriously? 'Other'? that's what you perceive the definition of Black to be?
Other is not a term I've ever heard used when people are asked to self-define their ethnicity...
In terms of BHM, it was originally (in the US) about the impact on history of Africa and its diaspora, this was widened when BHM was adopted in the UK to also represent the contributions of Caribbean, Asian and other Black Minority Ethnic groups.
I kind of thought that this was the sort of thing you would actually *know* something about!

Anonymous said...

Does it include celebrating Asian culture as well?


Anonymous said...

I'm all for social exclusivity.

kolp said...

Bemused laughter from me, but people really do not read the comments...

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