27 Sep to 31 Oct, 2013
Black History Month
Follow the link for the complete listing for this years Birmingham's Black History Month, or check out BHM Website.
Month-long celebration (October)
Over 60 events across Birmingham
Birmingham's annual Black History Month (BHM) celebrates the achievements, contributions and struggles of African, Asian and Caribbean people within the context of their diversity and heritage.
Running throughout October, the city-wide event features over 60 talks, exhibitions, performances, music, tours, discussions, spoken word, fashion, and visits.
Black History Month Launch
Fri 27 Sep, 6pm
Invite by RSVP only
The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr's game-changing 'I Have A Dream...' speech, delivered 50 years ago, is also explored in a variety of activities, including the official Black History Month 2013 Launch Event.
If you would like to attend the launch, please RSVP to Paulette Francis-Green at The Drum by email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Tue 24 Sep, providing us with your name and telephone number. You are able to bring along a maximum of two guests, can you also provide they names. Please note due to capacity and catering requirements places are limited and will be allocated on a first come served first basis.
Among the highlights are a new exhibition from famed photographic agency Autograph ABP Archive In Focus: Back In The Day (Fri 27 Sep - Thu 31 Oct, The Drum) spanning more than 30 years which illustrate the different experiences and struggles faced by Black and Asian migrants in their bid to settle in post-war Britain.
The Great Wyrley Outrages - where a Mason Science College student was accused of attacking horses near the Staffordshire village - is the subject of a University of Birmingham exhibition entitled Roots Of The University (Tue 1 - Thu 31 Oct, UoB), and a talk by playwright David Edgar (Thu 17 Oct, Barber Institute), who used the story for his stage play, Arthur And George.
Other key events include appearances from veteran community organisers and former Black Panther party members JoNina Abron-Ervin and Lorenzo E. Ervin (Sat 12 Oct, The Drum; Tue 15 Oct, UoB), the first UK visit from Dr. Julius Garvey MD, the son of civil rights icon Marcus Mosiah Garvey (Wed 2 Oct, UoB and The Drum), and an 'urban sermon' from writer, poet, performer and Peaky Blinders' actor Benjamin Zephaniah (Wed 9 Oct, Birmingham Cathedral).
Look out too for an exhibition of paintings by Birmingham-born artist Hurvin Anderson (Wed 25 Sep - Sun 10 Nov, Ikon Gallery), an appearance from legendary Jamaican harmony trio The Mighty Diamonds (Sat 19 Oct, The Institute) and the prestigious Association Of Jamaican Nationals (Birmingham) UK Local Heroes Gala and Awards (Sat 19 Oct, Holte Suite, AVFC).
"Throughout Black History Month organisations and individuals will be celebrating Black heritage through the lens of Dr King," says Charles E Small, CEO of The Drum, the national centre for Black British arts and culture. "I do believe there is something for everyone."
Sir Albert Bore, Leader Birmingham City Council, said: "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."
Follow the link for the complete listing for this years Birmingham's Black History Month.
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