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Black History Month

October is Black History Month in the UK; an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of black cultural heritage, history and experiences today.

Events to mark Black History Month in Islington are organised by our Heritage Services and by Every Voice on behalf of Islington Council www.everyvoice.org.uk.

Our plans for 2016 will be published here later in the year. Our 2015 events are described below.

Film screening

A screening of the film ‘A Supreme Price’

This award-winning film by Joanna Lipper tells the story of the eldest daughter of the former Nigerian president-elect M.K.O. Abiola. Hafsat Abiola returned to Nigeria after her parent’s deaths and years in exile to campaign for democracy and human rights. There was a Q& A with the director

Talks at Housmans bookshop

Soundsytem Culture and Resistance

The magazine of Noise & Politics launched a new anthology and discuss soundsytem culture and resistance.

An evening with Nawal El Saadawi

Nawal El Saadawi, Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist, discussed her novels, three new editions of which have just been published by Zed Books.  

Activities for pre-school children

Celebrating Africa

Children were encouraged to explore textiles and objects from Africa and to find similar objects in the collection at Islington museum. There was African art with giant printing and tie dye.

When: Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 5pm.Workshops are designed to last between one and a half and two hours but can be shorter depending on needs.

Where: Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, ECIV 4NB

Activities for schools

This is me: Hip Hop and Identity

With hip hop artist, Ian Solomon-Kawall, pupils explored how hip hop techniques such as beat boxing and rapping rhythm can be used to form and communicate identity. Pupils created their own individual movements, sounds and rhymes to reflect their experiences and identity, before coming together as a class for a collective performance.

When: 13 and 15 October; 10am-11.30am, 11.30am-1pm and 1.20-2.50pm
Where: Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, ECIV 4NB

Work in schools

Islington Council and Every Voice launched an initiative called ‘All World History, All Year Round’. This partnership will build on the success of Black History Month by ensuring that black history and non-European narratives are fully integrated into the school curriculum throughout the year.

A series of training sessions delivered by ‘Justice2History’  equipped secondary school history teachers with the skills to teach a wider range of black history, and present topics from a different perspective, Educational teaching resources for all ages were  developed in conjunction with ‘World of Wonderful’ – an organisation made up of parents and historians.

There were workshops for secondary schools delivered, by the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. Those were designed to promote effective strategies for making history teaching more culturally inclusive.

The overall aim of the ‘All World History, All Year Round’ initiative was that all pupils should be able to see themselves in the history they study, not just for one month a year, but all the time.

We are encouraging anyone that wants to get involved with Islington’s All World History agenda to get in touch with ideas, events and educational resources. Please email Mona Bani on: mona@everyvoice.org.uk.

 

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