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Black History Month at SOAS

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16 October 2013

SOAS Students’ Union presents a series of events exploring the cultural and political histories, and contemporary struggles for civil and human rights to mark Black History Month

Black History Month is held every October in Britain. The aims are to promote knowledge of black history and experience, circulate information on positive Black contributions to British Society, heighten the confidence and awareness of black people in their cultural heritage.  

The series of events include:

Ancestral Voices – Esoteric African Knowledge
Friday 11 October at 7:15pm - G50
A documentary exploring African spiritual systems; their cosmologies, ideologies and underlying ethical principles

Black Power, Black Anarchism & Black Revolution
Wednesday 23 October - TBC
A Q&A session with activists Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin and JoNina Abron-Ervin

The Place of the LGBT [black struggle] in Black History Month
Wednesday 23 October at 7pm - G50
Looking at the difficulty the community experiences in coming to terms with the issue of homosexuality

‘Marcus Mosiah Garvey: His Abiding Historical Legacy’
Thursday 24 October at 7pm - G2
Marcus Garvey was one of the strongest voices of Black Nationalism in history, this session looks at his message of black pride and self-determination was the first time a black man had spoken up with this level of force and belief.  

The British Government’s Hypocrisy on Female Genital Mutilation
Friday 25 October at 6pm - G51
Hear from two women of the Gambia (Maimuna) and Sierra Leone (Josephine), who are both the next in line to perform FGM. They each refused to cut girls, and came to Britain to seek sanctuary from the persecution they faced from elder authorities.

Image and Reality: Black Africans in Renaissance Britain
Tuesday 29 October at 7pm - G3
A new presentation by two independent historians asking why was there an image of a Black African King in English churches even though no Black African Kings visited Europe during the Renaissances? Was John Blanke the only Black African in England at the time? In reality, what else did or could Black Africans do beside play trumpet for English royalty?

Book Launch – Pan-Africanism and Communism – The Communist International, Africa and the Diaspora, 1919-1939 by Dr Hakim Adi
Thursday 31 October at 7pm - Khalili Lecture Theatre
This book examines the interaction between the Communist International (Comintern) and the global struggle for the liberation of Africa and the African Diaspora during the inter-war period.

For more information contact the SOAS Students’ Union.