Black History Month Archive


Hull Truck presented an exhibition featuring Metal Work Sculptures by Toyin (Angola) and Projected Memories by Redlocz (Hull/Nigeria)

Gary Craig, the Emeritus Professor of Social Justice at Hull University gave a talk called Do Ethnic Minorities get Social Justice – A Historical Perspective; while Zimbabwean Peter Godwin discussed his new book The Fear in ‘Confronting Mugabe’

Dr Alyn Shipton, Jazz Critic of The Times explored Blanche Calloway: the first female African-American Big Band Leader; and Celebrations @ Sharkey’s hosted The G.A.N.G., RER, Lazy Eye and DJ Kaspa to celebrate with some of the finest Rap and Hip Hop to come out of Hull.

WISE invited Professor Bill Lawson to presentMartin Luther King, Jr. and Derrick Bell on Hope and Trust’; and Hull Community Voices ran a harmony singing workshop called Songs from Africa and beyond

Audiences at the Adelphi rediscovered Jazz with Audrey, and Humber All  Nations Alliance organized the Traditions day

Burn My Heart, a play about Kenyan independence, was presented by Trestle at Hull Truck Studio; and Black Hidden Histories, an exhibition at Artlink, featured photography and text.

Wilberforce House Museum celebrated the 30th anniversary of Hull’s twinning with Freetown, Sierra Leone with Hello Freetown! (1980-2010)

The Decypher Collective created 8SIXTEEN32, featuringthe cream of UK spoken word, poetry and music talent at Hull Truck, while Nine-piece band Zion brought a tribute to Bob Marley at Hull New Theatre.

Fruit hosted a fantastic Hull Black History Month Finale with Hekima and the Bongo Flava, Nzaya Nzayadio, Ray White and the Kingston Massive, Jandh Ranks, Salem and Spyder and Lawrenceshowcasing the best in African music; an Urban Fashion Show, an exhibition of contemporary Black art and displays of Break Dance and traditional African Dance. DJ and host was Hull’s DJ Redlocz.


3 Responses to Black History Month Archive

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  2. Angela Smith says:

    To whom It may concern,

    On behalf of Projectpiece, I am co-ordinating special events and speaking opportunities for former Haitian slave child, Jean-Robert Cadet, known in Haiti as a Restavec. Today, Jean is a US Freedom Hero, Dr. of Humane letters and a working group member of the United Nations. He has appeared on television and radio shows in the US, inc Oprah, CNN and sixty minutes. Last Dec, he was interviewed by our BBC radio 4, in New York for their programme “Taking A Stand”. Jean is a leading advocate against child slavery in Haiti and his worldwide work takes him to Universities, colleges, conferences and seminars across the length and breadth of our Globe.

    We are fortunate that Mr Cadet is arriving for a special speaking invitation at Wembley Stadium, to mark the start of Black History month in the UK, on the 1st/2nd of October, for their first ever “Black History Live” event. Jean is also delivering speeches at Swansea Universities, schools, colleges and at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff to mark the finale of BHM.

    If you should be interested in Jean speaking at one of your events for BHM in Hull, please do not hesitate to contact me for further information.

    With Regards
    Angela Smith
    Project Co-ordinator

    • Hello Angela,

      That is great news. My name is Martin Chinga, Chair of the Black History month activities. We do encourage indiviuals to set up events. We recently celebrated venture smith (1798) a narrative of an African American slave. We will meet at the Hull History Centre. Talks are very welcome and we give any support available.

      I would like to meet you and have dates for the events so that we can put it in our programme of events for publicity.

      I hope to hear from you

      Martin Chinga

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