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Black History Month Week 1

02 Oct, 2015

The Official Launch of Black History Month 2015


Malcolm X next to Marshall Street sign

Malcolm X Visits Birmingham

Race Relations Act 50 Years On

The annual Official Launch of Birmingham Black History Month (BHM) at
The Drum in partnership with Birmingham City Council, seeks to celebrate the achievements, contributions and struggles of African, Asian and Caribbean people within the context of their diversity and heritage. 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the passing of the first Race Relations Act in the UK, to address racial discrimination as well as the significant visit of Malcolm X to Smethwick earlier in 1965.

The Drum will use keynote speakers, performances and talks to show how Malcolm X’s visit and attitudes to racial discrimination have changed in Birmingham and the rest of the UK since the Act was passed.

  • Empire Windrush docks in Tilbury Docks London 1948 with 492 passengers from Jamaica

  • Malcolm X visits Marshall St Smethwick February 1965

  • Race Relations Act 1965 – first legislation in UK to address racial discrimination

  • First four non-white politicians, Diane Abbott, Paul Boateng, Bernie Grant, Keith Vaz elected to the House of Commons in June 1987

  • Racially motivated murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993

We hope that you will come and join us on this auspicious occasion

6pm - 9pm

The Drum

144 Potters Lane

Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU