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FOREWORD

Birmingham City Council is proud to support Black History Month, a month that celebrates the accomplishments, struggles and contributions of Britain’s Black communities to society. It is important that Birmingham, as a multi-cultural city, celebrates its renowned diversity with communal events that include everyone in society. We are proud of our collaboration with The Drum, and the marvellous events that will take place to celebrate and reflect on black history. Throughout October people will be able to take part in a variety of historical and cultural activities and events. As in previous years, there are performances taking place in venues across the city for people to enjoy during this important time. I look forward to people getting involved and joining in the festivities being held throughout the city in October.

Sir Albert Bore Birmingham City Council Leader,

0121 333 2444 birminghamblackhistory.com


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WELCOME

As the CEO of Europe’s leading Black-led arts and culture business it gives me great pleasure to introduce the launch of the 2013 Black History Month (BHM). Can I therefore ask you to join hands with friends across the universe in friendship and harmony to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the life changing speech “I have a Dream” and in doing so, honour the men, women and leaders of the Civil Rights Movement who sacrificed their life, family and career for a glorious and honourable cause: Freedom! The inspirational leader of the Civil Rights Movement in America, Dr Martin Luther King, and his rallying speeches, and in particular the “I have a Dream” speech have come to epitomise the crystallisation of intellect, steadfastness, commitment and actions over bigotry and racism that have become synonymous with the awakening of the spirit of Africans across diaspora towards independence, self-determination and inclusion. The “I have a Dream” speech delivered on the 28 August 1963, at the end of the march for Jobs and Freedom on Washington was given by one of the greatest orators to over 250,000 people, largely of African American descent, on the step of the Lincoln Memorial, and millions more internationally. This seminal moment captured the hearts and minds of ordinary men, women, children and adults and has become the rallying call to arms (nonviolent) by humanitarian activists

across the world. This momentous speech echoed the sentiments of the Human rights Charter that continues to remind us that the struggle for equal rights and justice for universal freedom comes with responsibility . Although we are unable to bring to The Drum alumni of the Civil Rights Movement we have commissioned a performing arts piece inspired by the “I have a Dream” speech and is performed by Birmingham artists. There will also the opening of the ‘Back in the Day’ photographic exhibition – selected from the archives of Autograph ABP. Throughout Black History Month (BHM) organisations and individuals will be celebrating Black heritage through the lens of Dr King and The Drum has a bumper harvest of performance and digital arts offer, I do believe there is something for everyone and hope that you, family and friends have a blessed BHM. May the spirit of our Prophets continue to guide and encourage us.

Charles Small Chief Executive, The Drum

The Drum duly apologies to Autograph ABP for not correctly crediting the photographers in the Autumn Brochure for the exhibition, Autograph ABP Archive in Focus: Back in the Day.


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Tue 1 - Fri 31 Oct

Black History Month

A month long annual event to celebrate the achievements, contributions and struggles of African, Asian and Caribbean people within the context of their diversity and heritage. Featuring talks, exhibitions, performances, music, tours, discussions, spoken word, fashion, and visits. Events include a new exhibition by Birmingham-born artist Hurvin Anderson, an appearance from legendary Jamaican harmony trio The Mighty Diamonds, The Association Of Jamaican Nationals (Birmingham) UK Local Heroes Gala and Awards, playwright David Edgar’s look at the life university student George Edalji, and stories from veteran community organisers and former Black Panther party members JoNina Abron-Ervin and Lorenzo E. Ervin. The legacy of Martin Luthur King Jr’s ‘I Have A Dream...’ speech is also discussed, Dr. Julius Garvey MD makes his first visit to the UK, and Back In The Day, a new photographic exhibition, explores the different experiences faced by migrants in their bid to settle in this country. Various venues Birmingham www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk

Fri 27 Sep 6pm-9:30pm

Black History Month 2013: Launch Event

This year’s launch programme commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. On August 28 1963 Dr King addressed over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in the American capital, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The launch event will consist of a drinks reception followed by the opening of the Back in the Day photographic exhibition – selected from the archives of Autograph ABP. Our invited guest speakers include Rev Canon Eve Pitts and a key note speech by the political and human rights activist Lee Jasper. A specially commissioned soundscape by leading music producers Simon Duggal and Marcus Byrne will embed live table, cello, visual projections and dramatic movement to interpret the ‘I have a Dream’ speech. To finish the evening we have the premier of We live the dream – a national touring word and music produced by Punch Records. The Drum Arts Centre 144 Potters Lane Aston Birmingham B6 4UU


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Week 1

(1- 6 Oct)

Tue 1 Oct – Sat 5 Oct 7.45pm

Hopelessly Devoted

Kate Tempest’s incendiary new play combining lyrical fireworks with exhilarating live music. £12 Full price (Concessions £3.00 off) Birmingham Repertory Theatre Centenary Square Broad Street Birmingham B1 2EP 0121 236 4455 www.birmingham-rep.co.uk To book tickets ring 0121 236 4455 or visit website www.birmingham-rep.co.uk Tue 1 Oct 1pm

Birmingham’s role in the abolition of the slave trade

This gallery talk will focus upon major Birmingham abolitionists such as Joseph Priestly and Joseph

Sturge, but will also bring out lesser known stories about the role women and black people played in the campaign to end enslavement. £3.00 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH 0121 303 1966 or book online www.bmag.org.uk

Muirhead Tower, G-15 University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT 0121 414 6750 www.birmingham.ac.uk/oncampus/ blackhistorymonth/2013/events/ future.aspx

Tue 1 Oct 6.30pm – 8.30pm

What is the future of Black History Month?

Moderated panel launch event, in partnership with The Drum, that speaks directly to the concept of BHM as it is, and has been, celebrated in Britain, including visual slideshow. Informal reception to follow. For information on panellists, see website. FREE University of Birmingham Hopelessly Devoted

Wed 2 Oct 7pm – 10pm

Youth Expression

Youth Expression

Ting a Ling Youth Project will have displays of past Black Heroes & Sheroes. UNIA representative will give a talk about youth, education and support. There will be an opportunity to buy books, dvds etc. FREE (donations are welcome). Garvey House 178 Soho Hill, Handsworth Birmingham B19 1AG For more information ring 07883067449

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Wed 2 Oct 1pm – 2pm

Dr Julius Garvey: Youth, Education and Garveyism

Dr Garvey will address the topics of ‘youth, ‘education’ and Garvey-ism for today’s generation. He will also speak about how the legacy of his father, the great Marcus Garvey, has informed the man he is today. FREE Please email Kadian Pow (k.pow@bham.ac.uk) as seating is limited The Guild Chambers, The Guild Building University of Birmingham Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT www.birmingham.ac.uk/oncampus/ blackhistorymonth/2013/Talks/ julius-garvey.aspex Racism, Resistance, and Revolution Rally

Dr Julius Garvey

Wed 2 Oct 2.30pm

Dr Julius Garvey MD visits the Drum

The Drum Arts Centre is honoured to be one of the few venues selected to host Dr. Julius Garvey MD on his first ever visit to the UK as part of the Black History Month Programme. Julius’ visit will pay tribute to his father Marcus Mosiah Garvey, who is Jamaica’s First National

hero and a 20th century civil rights icon, famed for creating the ‘Back to Africa’ movement in the United States, urging African-Americans to be proud of their race and return to Africa, their ancestral homeland. FREE The Drum 144 Potters Lane Aston Birmingham B6 4UU If you would like to join us in welcoming Dr Garvey, then please contact Martin Cox: 0121 333 2425 or email m.cox@the-drum.org.uk. Please note due to capacity places are limited and will be allocated on a first comes first served basis. www.the-drum.org.uk Wed 2 Oct 7pm (campaign and bookstalls from 6.30pm)

Racism, Resistance and Revolution Rally We can draw on a long tradition of resistance from rebellions against slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries to the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s. Against police harassment, Ukip, Tories and EDL. Speakers will be Brian Richardson and Esme Choonara. FREE Organised by the Socialist Workers Party, Priory Rooms, Bull St, Birmingham, B4 6AF For more information call 0121 5071308 www.swp.org.uk


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Week 1

(1- 6 Oct)

Wed 2 Oct 6pm

Dear Birmingham Launch

‘Dear Birmingham’ written by author Karamat Iqbal, an adopted son of the city, comments on race relations and draws attention to the wholesale exclusion of Pakistani-Brummies’ from the centres of opportunities and power. £3 (£2) Concessions The Drum, 144 Potters Lane Aston Birmingham B6 4UU To book tickets contact Box Office 0121 333 2444 www.the-drum.org.uk Thu 3 Oct 6pm Birmingham Ethnic Minorities Association (BEMA)

Black History Month Grand Opening : Focus on Nigeria On its 53rd year of independence from Britain, a look at the history of

Nigeria and the spirit of resistance in the country today; also highlighting the campaigning and leadership of BME community organisations operating within Birmingham, carrying that resistance. FREE Arts Building Lecture Theatres (Adj. Main Library in centre of campus) University of Birmingham, Edgbaston campus, B152TT bemaonline.wordpress.com

Dear Birmingham Launch

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Thu 3 Oct 8.30pm

‘Shutdown City’ The Premiere

First screening and premier of “Shutdown City” from Birmingham based film production company back2back films. It draws inspiration from Birmingham’s previous gang problem, but rather than highlighting the gangs themselves we put the issues at hand from a different view showing the audience the view point of the victims as the effect of the crimes perpetrated are brought to light. £6.50 Vue Cinema (Starcity) 32 Watson Rd, West Midlands, Birmingham B7 5SA To book tickets contact 01216432047 www.Back2Backfilms.com


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Thu 3 Oct 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Thu 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 Oct 8.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Carol Ann Duffy and Imtiaz Dharker: A National Poetry Day Celebration

Afro – Fusion Dance workshops

Carol Ann Duffy is UK Poet Laureate, she voices the concerns of the many – about how our country is run and civic life. Carol Ann will be joined by Imtiaz Dharker. Born in Pakistan, raised in Scotland and working for many years in India, Imtiaz’s childhood provides the material for many of her poems; exile, journeying, home and religious strife. £10/£8 (concessions) The Library of Birmingham Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2ND To book tickets ring 0121 245 4455 More information please visit www. birminghamliteraturefestival.org/ event/carol-ann-duffy13/

Afro Fusion Dance workshops – A RICHMIX of Dancehall, African and Contemporary. Get down and have fun whilst increasing muscular tone, core strength, flexibility and fitness. £4.00 Ladywood Community Centre and Health Centre St Vincent Street West, Birmingham, B16 8RP For more information email info@ keneishdance.com www.keneishdance.com

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moderated by Ian Sergeant of the Drum Arts Centre. A licensed bar will be provided. £3.50 (Pay on the door) Highfield Hall Community Centre 127-129 Highfield Road Hall Green Birmingham B28 0HS For more information email chair@ wearb28.co.uk http://www.weareb28.co.uk/

Fri 4 Oct 7.30 pm – 10.00 pm

An evening with Dr Vanley Burke

Dr. Vanley Burke will give a presentation and talk about his photographs. This will be followed by a question and answer session Afro Fusion Dance Workshop

Shami Chakrabarti

Fri 4 Oct 5.30pm – 6.45pm

Shami Chakrabarti: On Liberty Shami Chakrabarti has been Director of Liberty since 2003, Since becoming Director Shami has written, spoken and broadcast widely on the importance of the post-Second World War human rights framework as an essential component of democratic society. Shami will be talking about these ideas and taking questions. £8 / £6 to book tickets ring 0121 245 4455 Library of Birmingham Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2ND For more information visit www. birminghamliteraturefestival.org/ event/shami-chakrabarti/


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Week 1

(1- 6 Oct)

Fri 4 Oct 7.30pm

Sat 5 Oct 10.00am – 8.00pm

Nubian Readers’ Book Club

‘Make the Dream Real’ A Free Family Fun Day

If you’re a fan of books written by African, African-Caribbean and African-American authors then join the Nubian Readers Club. The lively group meets on the last Friday of each month. September book, Chicken Chronicles: a memoir by Alice Walker. £2 The Drum 144 Potters Lane Aston Birmingham B4 4UU To book contact Box Office, 0121 333 2444 www.the-drum.org.uk

VOWS Community Enterprise will be showcasing a Free Family Fun day. There be exhibitions, fundraising and charity event celebrating ‘Black History Month’ and Young people got talent. Will be raising funds for The McMillan Trust, Oscar Birmingham , Cornwall Regional Hospital LINAC Project, Jamaica. FREE The New Bingley Hall 1 Hockley Circus Birmingham B18 5PP For more information email vows4u@hotmail.co.uk www.vowscommunityenterprise@ yahoo.com

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Sun 6 Oct 7.30pm

Continuous Journeys: Screening and Q &A The Ghadar Commemoration Centenary Project of the The Asian Rationalist Society (Britain) is proud to screen, Continuous Journey as part of Black History Month. Ali Kazimi’s film is an inquiry into the largely ignored history of Canada’s exclusion of the South Asians by the little known immigration policy called the Continuous Journey Regulation of 1908. FREE The Drum 144 Potters Lane Aston Birmingham B6 4UU www.the-drum.org.uk ‘Make The Dream Real’

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Oct) Week 2 ( 7-13 Tue 8 Oct 8.30 am – 10.00 am

For more information email bema@ guild.bham.ac.uk www.bemaonline.wordpress.com

ACMC’s Project Partner 250 Launch

Wed 9 Oct 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Benjamin Zephaniah: Multiculturalism – An Urban Sermon

In Birmingham Literature Festival’s third annual Urban Sermon, Benjamin will talk about multiculturalism. This subject has a deeply personal importance for Benjamin and is of huge political, economic and social importance for the modern city. £10 / £8 (Concessions) Birmingham Cathedral Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2QB For bookings please ring 0121 245 4455 www.birminghamliteraturefestival. org/event/benjamin-zephaniah13/

Fri 11 Oct 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Black History Month 2013 @the Library of Birmingham Benjamin Zephanih

Thu 10 Oct 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Temperature’s Rising: resistance in Hip Hop’s global diaspora

Discussion/Q&A on how Hip Hop music and culture is used throughout diaspora communities of the Global South to build unity, solidarity and resistance to oppression, as well as communicating the struggles worldwide. Co-hosted by University of Birmingham Hip Hop Society. FREE Arts Building Lecture Theatres (Adj. Main Library) University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

The event will promote Black / Diverse histories, heritages and projects; share of ideas, interests and experiences of Black History and of Black History Month; and stimulate discussion around the Library’s role around issues of cultural and social participation. £5 (Food and Refreshment will be available) Library of Birmingham Room 104 First Floor Centenary Square Birmingham B1 2ND To book a place email izzy. mohammed@birmingham.gov.uk www.libraryofbirmingham.com/

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ACMC launches Project Partner 250 with a breakfast networking event. Project Presentation by Sophia Bailey, Wealth Creation Mentor. Partner 250 is an initiative to support small businesses and organisations. FREE Afro Caribbean Millennium Centre 339 Dudley Road, Winson Green, Birmingham, B18 4HB To book your place ring 0121 455 6382 www.newstyleradio.co.uk

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Week 2

( 7-13 Oct)

Fri 11 Oct 7.30pm

Fri 11 Oct 2.00pm – 4.30pm

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Workshop: Dramatic Verse with Daljit Nagra

The most powerful monologues from Gazebo’s Black History Series brought together in an exploration of racism, migration and the transatlantic slave trade. Featuring Rainboy and Tonia Daley-Campbell as Mary Prince, Olaudah Equiano, Walter Tull and Mary Seacole. Workshops are available. £8/£6 The Drum 144 Potters lane Aston Birmingham B6 4UU www.facebook.com/gazeboarts To book ring The Drum Box Office 0121 333 2444 www.the-drum.org.uk

Daljit Nagra will explore some strategies that poets use to create an exciting experience for the reader. In a session involving group discussion and fun practical activities the group will explore examples of outstanding verse. Participants can expect to have written at least two new poems by the end of the session. £28/£23 (Concessions) to book tickets ring 0121 245 4455 Library of Birmingham Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2ND www.birminghamliteraturefestival. org/event/dramatic-verse/

Daljit Nagra

Fri 11 Oct 7.30pm – 9.00pm

British Asian Writers – Cities and Towns Three British Asian writers come together to discuss their work and their experiences of living in and writing about British cities and how places lived and written in affect creative outputs. With Qaisra Shahraz, Sathnam Sanghera and

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Oct) Week 2 ( 7-13 Rosie Dastgir. £8 / £6 to book tickets ring 0121 245 4455 Library of Birmingham Centenary Square Broad Street Birmingham B1 2ND www.birminghamliteraturefestival. org/event/british-asian-writers/

British Dance and the African Diaspora

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Thorp Street Birmingham B5 4TB To book contact Kate Jackson email kate.jackson@dancexchange.org.uk T: 0121 689 1092 www.dancexchange.org.uk/ visit-us#sthash.vB1yotxA.dpuf www.dmu.ac.uk/bdad

Fri 11 Oct 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Sat 12 Oct 12pm – 2pm and 3pm – 5pm

Daljit Nagra: Ramayana in Poetry and Dance

The Big Draw

Daljit’s readings of the Ramayana will be accompanied by dance pieces from Chitraleka Bolar, Artistic Director of Birmingham based Chitraleka Dance Company. Chitraleka is experienced in Bharatanatyam – a classical dance form from South India. £8 / £6 to book tickets ring 0121 245 4455 Library of Birmingham Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2ND www.birminghamliteraturefestival. org/event/daljit-nagra-ramayana/

Sat 12 Oct 2.15pm – 7.30pm

British Dance and the African Diaspora: Roadshow Three Roadshow Three Roadshow Three will explore memories of those Black British dancers who were involved with dance since the 1970s with particular focus on Kokuma Dance Theatre Company and ACE dance and music, open class, film and panel discussion. FREE but booking essential DancXchange: Patrick Centre Birmingham Hippodrome

Explore bold colour, abstract patterns and architectural forms with cut paper and print, inspired by the Hurvin Anderson exhibition. Run by young people and their teachers for other young people and families. In association with The Campaign for Drawing. FREE Ikon Gallery 1 Oozells Square Brindleyplace Birmingham B1 2HS Places are free but should be reserved by calling 0121 248 0708. www.campaignfordrawing.org

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Fri 27 Sep to Thu 31 Oct

Autograph ABP Archive In Focus: Back In The Day

A selection of photographs from Autograph ABP’s extensive archive, featuring the work of Raphael Albert, Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi, James Barnor, John Goto, Colin Jones, Syd Shelton, Neil Kenlock and Vron Ware. Spanning more than 30 years, the images range from staged portraiture to social documentary, and offer insight into the experiences of black people during an uneasy era signified by civic turmoil, racial discrimination and a wider struggle for social justice. Free The Drum Arts Centre 144 Potters Lane Aston Birmingham B6 4UU 0121 333 2444 www.the-drum.org.uk

Derek Bishton, Brian Homer, John Reardon Handsworth Self Portrait, 1979. Courtesy of Autograph ABP

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Neil Kenlock, ‘Keep Britain White’ graffiti, Balham, London, 1972. Courtesy of Autograph ABP


Raphael Albert, Miss Black & Beautiful, Hammersmith, London, c. 1970s. Courtesy of Autograph ABP

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Autograph ABP Photography Roadshow

Come and join us … and share examples of photographs from your personal archive with a team of arts and heritage professionals. We are looking for a range of photographs, from family celebrations, community campaigns to ordinary scenes of domestic life and high street studio portraiture. The fifth in a series of nationwide Photography Roadshows to unearth a ‘Missing Chapter’ of Britain’s diverse photographic history, Autograph ABP’s initiative aims to uncover, preserve and document those special moments

that form part of everyone’s family archive - with a particular focus on black experiences and migrant stories. Free The Drum Arts Centre 144 Potters Lane Aston Birmingham B6 4UU 0121 333 2444 www.the-drum.org.uk We recommended booking in advance to ensure a time slot, however a booking isn’t required to take part in the Roadshow. To book, contact Rajiv Anand at rajiv@ autograph-abp.co.uk or call +44 (0)20 7729 9200

Photography Roadshow From the Hartley (left) and Roswell (right) family archives, c. 1960s. Courtesy of Autograph ABP


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Week 2

( 7-13 Oct)

Sat 12 Oct 12 noon – 6.00pm

Afro Caribbean Millennium Centre Open Day and Saturday Market

Afro Caribbean Millennium Centre Open Day and Saturday Market Tour the facilities of the ACMC and New Style Radio, meet with the management, staff and radio presenters and participate in a fun packed and informative day with local businesses, story telling, create and record your own jingle or music. FREE Afro Caribbean Millennium Centre 339 Dudley Road Winson Green Birmingham B18 4HB www.newstyleradio.co.uk Sat 12 Oct 7.00pm

Dreams of the Black Panthers, an in-conversation with the Black Panthers Veteran community organisers and former Black Panther party members JoNina Abron-Ervin and Lorenzo

E. Ervin, speak on their individual stories, as well as the lineage and legacy of Black community’s resistance against racism and state oppression. This is a rare opportunity to meet those who lived the struggle to realise the dream. £3 The Drum 144 Potters Lane Aston Birmingham B6 4UU

Afro Caribbean Millenium Centre Open Day

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To book contact The Drum Box Office 0121 333 2444 www.the-drum.org.uk Sun 13 Oct 7.00pm

Embassy Saga

Oliver Samuels, Audrey Reid & Co. Star in this Jamaican comedy play Embassy Saga which is not just a play but a masterpiece. A twist that is shocking but provocative. £25, £18 Early Bird tickets for OAPs and Student Union Second City Suite 100 Sherlock Street Birmingham B5 6LT For more information about getting tickets email konn-ek@hotmail.com or ring 07778424603


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Martin Luthur King

Tue 15 Oct 7pm – 9.30pm

Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream” Legacy Discussion

50 years on, what is the impact of Martin Luther King’s legacy for black people today and for the future? Special contributions from Carver Anderson, Shalom Consultancy; Fiona Henry, Steps to Inspire and Kehendie Andrews, the Organisation of Black Unity. FREE Afro Caribbean Millennium Centre 339 Dudley Road, Winson Green, Birmingham, B18 4HB www.newstyleradio.co.uk Tue 15 Oct 6pm

Drum Talk: In Conversation

Wed 16 Oct 7pm Black Panthers

Tue 15 Oct 1pm

Birmingham: a city made by migration

This gallery talk will pick out migration stories from medieval times to the present day, and highlight the varied communities who have made their home in Birmingham over many centuries. £3 (pay on the day) Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Chamberlain Square Birmingham B3 3DH www.bmag.org.uk

Black Panthers

JoNina Abron-Ervin and Lorenzo E. Ervin, veteran community organisers and former Black Panther party members, speak on their individual stories, as well as the lineage and legacy of Black community resistance against racism and state oppression. FREE Arts Building Lecture Theatres (Adj. Main Library) University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham

Birmingham: a city made by migration

Drum Talk: In Conversation

Following the success of last year’s In Conversation as part of Jamaica 50 celebrations, The Drum are proud to be hosting Dr Rev. Joe Aldred. Mr Lloyd Blake (Hummingbird) and Mr Dennis Hamilton (Hatman), each giving an insight of their work and life experiences. The event will be chair by renowned film maker and photojournalist Pogus Caesar. £7 (£5) Concessions The Drum 144 Potters Lane Aston Birmingham B6 4UU Food will be available on the night To book tickets contact Box Office 0121 333 2444 www.the-drum.org.uk


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Week 3

( 14 -20 Oct) Hurvin’s Handsworth Walking Tour

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Thu 17 Oct 6pm – 8pm; Drinks reception at 5.30pm

George Edalji: Roots of the University, feat. playwright David Edgar Celebrated Playwright David Edgar will be speaking about ‘Arthur and George’, based on George Edalji, who is featured in the ‘Roots of the University ‘exhibition. George was one of the first students at the University’s Mason Science College, studying Law. His story was later adapted into a novel by Julian Barnes and stage play by David Edgar, called ‘Arthur and George’. FREE, but booking essential The Barber Institute of Art University of Birmingham Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

To book email special-collections@ bham.ac.uk www.birmingham.ac.uk/oncampus/ blackhistorymonth/2013/Talks/ david-edgar.aspx

B1 2HS Booking essential, places are limited. Please visit www.ikon-gallery.co.uk or call Ikon Shop on 0121 248 0711. www.ikon-gallery.co.uk

Sat 19 Oct 1pm – 2.30pm

Hurvin’s Handsworth Walking Tour Join Ben Waddington from Birmingham’s Still Walking Festival for this 90 minute tour of the Handsworth known by Hurvin Anderson. The tour visits locations that shaped the artist’s life and inspired his paintings. £4/£3 concessions: students, unwaged, 60+ Ikon Gallery 1 Oozells Square Brindleyplace Birmingham

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Sat 19 Oct 7.00pm reception – 2.00am Carriages The Association Of Jamaican Nationals (Birmingham) UK

Local Heroes Gala and Awards

The Association Of Jamaican Nationals is once again hosting the Local Heroes Gala and Awards. This event has proven to be hugely successful not only in embracing the wider community, the important historical context of National Heritage week and Black History Month but also in celebrating the positive virtues of Jamaican Culture, when we recognise our unsung heroes in Birmingham and other areas throughout the UK. £50.00 – 4 Course Meal including Wine with Rum Punch Reception Holte Banqueting Suite Aston Villa FC Trinity Road Aston Birmingham B6 4HE To book a ticket please ring 0121 454 6990 www.ajn-birmingham.org.uk

Local Heroes Gala

Sat 19 Oct 10.00pm – 2.00am

The Mighty Diamonds

The Mighty Diamonds are a Jamaican harmony trio, recording roots reggae with a strong Rastafarian influence. Was formed in 1969 and remains together as of 2013. The only original classic reggae harmony trio, will be performing tracks from their New Album ‘Pass the Knowledge’. £20 plus booking fee, more on the door. The Insititute 78 Digbeth High Street Digbeth Birmingham B5 6DY To book tickets www.TicketSellers. co.uk or ring 0844 870 0000

Sat 19 Oct 8.00pm – 2.00am

African Fashion Show and New Style Radio, Rare Groove Old Skool Soul Party

Fashion show featuring African fabrics and styles from various countries; followed by a Rare Groove, OLD Skool and Afrobeats Party. Come dance the night away to jams from New Style Radio Dj’s. £7, tickets available from ACMC Afro Caribbean Millennium Centre 339 Dudley Road Winson Green Birmingham B18 4HB 0121 455 6382 www.newstyleradio.co.uk


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Week 4

( 21-27 Oct)

Tue 22 Oct 5.30 wine served 6.00pm lecture begins 7.45pm galleries closes

Art Historian Leslie Primo: On His Barber Favourites

Acclaimed National Gallery lecturer and Renaissance specialist, Leslie Primo, talks about his favourite paintings from the Barber’s collection, placing them within the context of national collections. Leslie will make reference to the presence of black figures in Renaissance and later Barber paintings as part of our Black History Month celebrations. Wine will be served, and the galleries will also be open. FREE, booking is essential The Barber Institute of Art University of Birmingham Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT To book please visit website education@barber.org.uk www.birmingham.ac.uk/oncampus/ blackhistorymonth/2013/Talks/ leslie-primo.aspx

Thu 24 Oct 6pm

Panel discussion on the British state and BME communities Holding the UK Border Agency, Police, Mental Healthcare and Higher Education systems to account for a history of repression against BME communities. Looking at the how the British state’s institutions operate to keep us on society’s edges. FREE Arts Building Lecture Theatres (Adj. Main Library in centre of campus) University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT www.bemaonline.wordpress.com Thu 24 Oct 7.30pm – 11.00pm

Breaking Silence: Congo Week

Live music, traditional food, guest speaker and a film. Activities commemorating the

millions of lives lost in the Congo conflict, while celebrating the enormous human and natural potential that exists in the country and raise global awareness, advocate for peace, justice and human dignity in partnership with the Congolese people. FREE The Old Print Works, Balsall Heath 500-506 Moseley Road Birmingham B12 9AH For more information email handysophie@yahoo.com www.congoweek.org/ muzikstan.com/ Thu 24 Oct 2.30pm

We Were There Too “The African Caribbean contributions to the First World War”

2014 - 2018 marks the Centenary of the First World War. The African Caribbean contributions have always been whitewashed from history books but we now have a chance to tell their story. The conference aims

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Author Shahida Rahman - Lascar Book Launch

to bring those interested volunteers together to discuss ways to mark the BME contributions. Free event - please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk/ event/8258225575 The Library of Birmingham Centenary Square Broad Street Birmingham B1 2ND

The Drum 144 Potters Lane Aston Birmingham B6 4UU www.the-drum.org.uk

Thu 24 Oct 6pm

An evening of praise, fellowship

Lascar Book Launch Author Shahida Rahman discusses her latest publication Lascar, an epic story of one man’s journey to fulfil his destiny after discovery his brother has cancer, and how his life changes. The Sunday Times describes ‘Lascar is wonderful study of one man’s struggle to be true to himself’. FREE

Fri 25 Oct 7.30pm – 10.30pm

Gospel Variety Evening

and gospel entertainment including music, dance, spoken word, and comedy. Refreshment on sale. £3, tickets available from ACMC Afro Caribbean Millennium Centre 339 Dudley Road Winson Green Birmingham B18 4HB 0121 455 6382 www.newstyleradio.co.uk

Gospel Variety Evening


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Week 4

( 21-27 Oct)

Fri 25 Oct 7.00pm – 11.00pm

Sat 26 Oct 8.30am

Afrofusion

Recognize Trip to the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

The biggest university talent show in Birmingham. A celebration of Black culture and excellence. Three universities will be competing against each other University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University and Aston University. £5 University of Birmingham African-Caribbean Society (ACS) member £8 Non University of Birmingham African-Caribbean Society (ACS) members Tickets available online and on the door. Aston University Student’s Union 60 Aston St, Birmingham, West Midlands B4 7ES For tickets email Olivia.ogolo@ hotmail.com Fri 25 Oct 1.30pm – 4.30pm

The museum explores the historical and contemporary aspects of slavery through stories of bravery and rebellion amongst enslaved people. You’ll learn the legacies of the slave trade and celebrate Black achievement through its interactive displays. £10 - £15 International Slavery Museum 3rd Floor Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AX To book a ticket and find out more information email recognize@live. co.uk Slavery Museum Liverpool

Whose Voices? Writing Workshop with Writer in Residence, Jacquie Rowe

Discover the black figures in paintings in the Red Gallery and write stories in prose or poetry from their point of view. £6 £4 concessions & students Booking is essential The Barber Institute University of Birmingham Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TT To book please email education@ barber.org.uk www.birmingham.ac.uk/oncampus/ blackhistorymonth/2013

REMEMBERING • LEARNING • CELEBRATING

Whose Voices


Oct) Week 4 ( 2 1- 27

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Sat 26 Oct 1.30pm – 5.15pm

‘Birmingham’s Global Communities: a historical and contemporary perspective’

A half-day conference featuring three expert speakers, who will talk about the history of Birmingham’s Jewish community, the two world wars and the South Asian diaspora, and ethnic diversity in post-war Birmingham. £25.00 advance booking is essential AV Room, Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Chamberlain Square Birmingham B3 3DH 0121 303 1966 or book online by visiting below website www.bmag.org.uk Sat 26 Oct 7.30pm

Black History Month Dinner and Dance

The Black History Month Dinner and Dance will be hosted by DJ Countryman with music supplied by Mickey D. Quizmaster Geoff Schuman will test your knowledge of Black History! £35 Dinner and dance £10 dance from 10pm onwards Food will be available on the night The Drum 144 Potters Lane Aston Birmingham

B6 4UU To book tickets contact Box Office 0121 333 2444 www.the-drum.org.uk Sun 27 Oct 7.30pm

The Pomedy Show

The Pomedy Show is an eclectic mix of Jamaican Poetry and Comedy celebrating laughter, love and learning for the entire family and community. Artists will be Yasus Afari, Oliver Samuels, Mutabaruka, Joan Andrea Hutchinson, Ity and fancy Cat, Oral Tracey, Rohan Gunter, Dr Michael Abrahams and Ping Wing. £10 (£8) Concessions More on the

The Pomedy Show

Door The Drum 144 Potters Lane Aston Birmingham B6 4UU To book tickets contact Box office 0121 333 2444 www.the-drum.org.uk


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Week 5

( 28-31 Oct)

Mon 28 – Thu 31 Oct 10.00am – 3.00pm

Drama and Storytelling Course

A course in storytelling, for all ages from 18+. We will look at folktales from different cultures, stories of journeys and migration, also find ways to share these stories with an audience, using drama, music and dance. £10 (£8) Concessions More on the Door The Drum 144 Potters Lane Aston Birmingham B6 4UU To book tickets contact Box office 0121 333 2444 www.the-drum.org.uk Mon 28 Oct - Fri 1 Nov 9.00am – 4.00pm

Black History Playscheme

The playscheme is for children aged 8-15 years focusing on Black History with the theme “Express Yourself” using various art forms such as dance, drama, music, radio and poetry. As well sports, trips and cookery. £55 Afro Caribbean Millennium Centre 339 Dudley Road, Winson Green Birmingham B18 4HB Booking is essential ring 0121 455 6382 for more information. www.newstyleradio.co.uk

Vanley Burke Archive

Tue 29 Oct 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Thu 31 Oct 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Exhibition tour with Hurvin Anderson

Vanley Burke: Making an Archive – Making History

A rare opportunity to hear Birmingham-born artist Hurvin Anderson discuss the inspiration behind his work as he takes you on a walk through his exhibition ‘Reporting Back’. £5/£4 concessions: students, unwaged, 60+ Ikon Gallery 1 Oozells Square Brindleyplace Birmingham B1 2HS Advance booking essential as places are limited, please visit www. ikon-gallery.co.uk or call Ikon Shop on 0121 248 0711. www.ikon-gallery.co.uk

Archives are the material evidence upon which we base our knowledge of any history or heritage. Vanley Burke, the established photographer, artist, recorder and documenter of Black and diverse histories talks about his archive, its beginnings, and his continued collecting. £5 First Floor Room 104 Library of Birmingham Centenary Square Birmingham B1 2ND Advance booking is essential please ring 0121 303 6691 www.libraryofbirmingham.com

Black History Playscheme

REMEMBERING • LEARNING • CELEBRATING


25 Sep – 10 Nov 11am-6pm Tuesday-Sunday (closed Mondays)

Hurvin Anderson ‘reporting back’ Exhibition

Ikon presents paintings by Birmingham-born artist Hurvin Anderson (born 1965), inspired by his upbringing in Birmingham’s Afro-Caribbean community in Handsworth, and ongoing works arising out of time spent in Trinidad in 2002. Ikon Gallery 1 Oozells Square Brindleyplace Birmingham B1 2HS www.ikon-gallery.co.uk

Hurvin Anderson Exhibition

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1 – 31 Oct 9-6pm weekdays

‘Roots of the University’ Exhibition

George Edalji was one of the first students at the University’s Mason Science College and was of mixed race heritage. George was wrongfully convicted of the Great Wyrley Outrages and later cleared as a result of a campaign by the writer Arthur Conan Doyle. Muirhead Tower Ground Floor Birmingham University Ring Road South, Edgbaston Birmingham, B15 2TT Free admission, open to all More information here [link to: www.birmingham.ac.uk/oncampus/ exhibitions/Roots-of-the-UniversityMason-Science-College-1880-1990. aspx] 1 – 31 Oct 10-5pm, Fridays only

Golden Anniversary: Celebration and Ceremony in West Africa Exhibition

To celebrate the Centre of West African Studies (CWAS) fiftieth anniversary, this exhibition displays objects related to the themes of celebration and ceremony. Spanning West Africa in origin, the objects

within this exhibition highlight cultural and ceremonial traditions within the region. Danford Room, Centre for West African Studies, Arts Building Birmingham University Ring Road South, Edgabston Birmingham, B15 2TT Free admission www.birmingham.ac.uk/oncampus/ exhibitions/GoldenAnniversary.aspx] 1 – 31 Oct 9-5pm, Weekdays

Babel Exhibition

‘Babel’ is an ongoing series of collages, paintings, digital prints, cards, books, boxes and installations, all derived from Stewart Brown’s experiments with ‘visual language’. This series is displayed alongside the influences and inspirations the artist has encountered during his travels through West Africa and the Caribbean. Aston Webb Building, Rotunda Birmingham University Ring Road South, Edgabston Birmingham, B15 2TT Free Admission www.birmingham.ac.uk/oncampus/ exhibitions/BABELexhibition.aspx

Golden Anniversary Exhibition


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Exhibitions

1 Oct - 31 Oct Monday 10-1pm, 2pm-5pm, Tuesday & Wednesday Closed, Thursday 12pm-7pm, Friday 10-1pm, 2pm-5pm, Saturday 9-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Display of Martin Luther King

Pictures and images depicting ‘I have a dream’ speech by Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement. FREE Spring Hill Library Spring Hill Birmingham B18 7BH For more information email Spring. hill.library@birmingham.gov.uk

Windrush 65

1 – 31 Oct Church opening times, 10am – 4pm daily

Windrush 65

An exciting new series of displays charting the first wave of mass migration of Caribbean folk to Britain. Includes the launch of a brand new commemorative Windrush booklet and DVD produced by Birmingham-based Kingsway Project. FREE The Foyer, St Martin in the Bull Ring Edgbaston Street Birmingham B5 5BB www.bullring.org www.kingswayproject.org

1 Oct - 31 Oct Monday 10-1pm, 2pm-5pm, Tuesday & Wednesday Closed, Thursday 12pm-7pm, Friday 10-1pm, 2pm-5pm, Saturday 9-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Display of Martin Luther King

Pictures and images depicting ‘I have a dream’ speech by Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement. FREE Aston Library 99 Whitehead Rd Aston Birmingham B6 6EJ For more information email aston. library@birmingham.gov.uk 7 Oct – 31 Oct 12 noon – 8.00pm

Community Gallery Exhibition Photographs from Neil Kenlock, the official photographer for the UK Black Panther Movement,

REMEMBERING • LEARNING • CELEBRATING

documenting the rallies, racism and upheaval during the 1970s and early 1980s in London. Plus paintings in oil on canvas from South American and Haitian artists. FREE Afro Caribbean Millennium Centre 339 Dudley Road, Winson Green, Birmingham, B18 4HB www.newstyleradio.co.uk

Community Gallery Exhibition


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EVENTS DIARY Black History Month 2013: Launch Event Fri 27 Sep

Week One

Hopelessly Devoted Tue 1 Oct Birmingham’s Role in the Abolition of the Slave Trade Tue 1 Oct What is the Future of Black History Month? Wed 2 Oct Youth Expression Wed 2 Oct Dr Julius Garvey: Youth, Education and Garveyism Wed 2 Oct Dr Julius Garvey MD Visits The Drum Wed 2 Oct Racism, Resistance and Revolution Rally Wed 2 Oct Dear Birmingham Launch Thu 3 Oct Birmingham Ethnic Minorities Association (BEMA) Black History Month Grand Opening : Focus on Nigeria Thu 3 Oct ‘Shutdown City’ The Premiere Thu 3 Oct Carol Ann Duffy and Imtiaz Dharker: A National Poetry Day Celebration Thursdays 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 Oct

Afro Fusion Dance workshops Fri 4 Oct An Evening with Dr Vanley Burke Fri 4 Oct Shami Chakrabarti: On Liberty Fri 4 Oct Nubian Readers’ Book Club Sat 5 Oct ‘Make the Dream Real’ A Free Family Fun Day Sun 6 Oct Continuous Journeys: Screening and Q &A Sun 6 Oct

Week Two

ACMC’s Project Partner 250 Launch Wed 9 Oct Benjamin Zephaniah: Multiculturalism – An Urban Sermon Thu 10 Oct Temperature’s Rising: Resistance in Hip Hop’s global Diaspora Fri 11 Oct Black History Month 2013 @the Library of Birmingham Fri 11 Oct Sorry! No Coloureds, No Irish, No Dogs Fri 11 Oct Workshop: Dramatic Verse with Daljit Nagra Fri 11 Oct British Asian Writers – Cities and Towns Fri 11 Oct

Daljit Nagra: Ramayana in Poetry and Dance Sat 12 Oct British Dance and the African Diaspora: Roadshow Three Sat 12 Oct The Big Draw Sat 12 Oct Dreams of the Black Panthers: An in-conversation with the Black Panthers Sun 13 Oct Embassy Saga Sun 13 Oct

Week Three

Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A dream2 Legacy Discussion Tue 15 Oct Black Panthers Tue 15 Oct Birmingham: a city made by migration Wed 16 Oct Drum Talk: In Conversation Thu 17 Oct George Edalji: Roots of the UniversityFeaturing playwright David Edgar Sat 19 Oct Hurvin’s Handsworth Walking Tour Sat 19 Oct The Association Of Jamaican Nationals (Birmingham) UK Local Heroes Gala and Awards Sat 19 Oct The Mighty Diamonds Sat 19 Oct

African Fashion Show and New Style Radio, Rare Groove Old Skool Soul Party Sat 19 Oct

Week Four:

Art Historian Leslie Primo: On His Barber Favourites Thu 24 Oct Panel Discussion on the British State and BME Communities Thu 24 Oct Breaking Silence: Congo Week Thu 24 Oct We Were There Too - The African Caribbean Contributions to the First World War Thu 24 Oct Lascar Book Launch Fri 25 Oct Gospel Variety Evening Fri 25 Oct Afrofusion Fri 25 Oct Whose Voices? Writing Workshop with Writer in Residence, Jacquie Rowe Sat 26 Oct Birmingham’s Global Communities: A Historical and Contemporary Perspective Sat 26 Oct Recognize Trip to the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool Sat 26 Oct Black History Month Dinner and Dance Sun 27 Oct

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The Pomedy Show Sun 27 Oct

Week Five

Drama and Storytelling Course Mon 28 Oct - Fri 1 Nov Black History Playscheme Tue 29 Oct Exhibition tour with Hurvin Anderson Thu 31 Oct Vanley Burke: Making an Archive – Making History Thu 31 Oct

Exhibitions

Hurvin Anderson: Reporting Back Fri 27 Sep - Thu 31 Oct Autograph ABP Archive In Focus: Back In The Day Tue 1 – Thu 31 Oct ‘Roots of the University’ Exhibition Fri 4, Fri 11, Fri 18, Fri 25 Oct Golden Anniversary: Celebration and Ceremony in West Africa Exhibition Tue 1 – Thu 31 Oct Babel Exhibition Tue 1 – Thu 31 Oct Windrush 65 Church opening times, Martin Luther King Tue 1 Oct – Thu 31 Oct Community Gallery Exhibition Mon 7 Oct - 31 Oct

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