Black History Month 1 – 31 October 2017
Black History Month has been celebrated across the country every October since 1987.
It’s a chance to celebrate and recognise the contribution that African and African-Caribbean people have made to Nottingham and the UK over the many hundreds of years they’ve been a part of the country’s social fabric. Nottingham’s proud African/African-Caribbean heritage includes people like:
- George Africanus, a West African former slave who made his name as the city’s first black entrepreneur in the 1700s
- Viv Anderson, the first black player to represent England and a key member of Nottingham Forest’s European Cup winning side
- Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 2016's BBC classical young musician of the year
- Len Garrison, cultural historian, voted one of the greatest 100 Black Britons
- Lyn Gilzene, local activist and campaigner
- Many ex-service personnel like Oswald George Powe who fought during the Second World War
- Olympic gymnasts Becky and Ellie Downie
A range of events and activities will be taking place across the city throughout October as part of Black History Month.
Venues include the New Art Exchange, Nottingham Contemporary, University of Nottingham, Nottingham Castle, Lakeside Arts, Nottingham Playhouse and the Theatre Royal/Royal Centre.
Nottingham City Council launched its Black History Season with a drumming session at Radford Academy School led by Milla Hanna. Before then Cllr Eunice Campbell addressed a school assembly filled with children, parents and teachers and spoke about her own journey as a single black councillor paying an emotional tribute to her late husband Cllr Alan Clark, who was also heavily involved in the running of the school.
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