June 14 Update:
We've got free, fortnightly Monday, 6.30-8.30pm BBMM2015 & British History 50:70 sessions at Harrow Mencap: June 15, 29, July 13, 27, Aug 10, 24, Sep 7, 21. We've also got a IDPAD/International Day Of African Resistance Against Enslavement event on Saturday Aug. 22, 5-8pm @ Clapham Methodist Church Hall and we'll be at the same venue on Oct. 24 for a Look... event.
For @ Harrow Mencap events, check www.BBM.eventbrite.com
AfricanHistory+ @ Croydon Saturday Nov. 22, 12.30-9.30pm - Marking African History Season 2014 & Marcus Garvey/UNIA @ 100
PLEASE NOTE: Pre-book, or It's £7 at the door, subject to available.
Supported by Matthews Yard, Croydon BME Forum, History & Social Action Publications, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network, Croydon Radical History Network, BTWSC, African Histories Revisited and BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress.
Following on from last July's Look... Community Talk event, co-organised with Croydon Radical History Network, this is a Look How Far We've Come Community Talk Xtra event, which adds extra films, presentations, and live music aimed at young people, adults and families!
This event does offers an opportunity to engage with societal and local issues, and also history through presentations, music and discussions.
12.30-2.00pm Britain’s Contribution To The Development Of Reggae Music Film & Q&A
A vox pops documentary featuring musicians, DJs, producers, journalists and fans, sets the scene for discussion on Britain's contribution to the development of reggae music.
2.00-3.30pm Talking Heads: London & Black Music Film & Q&A
Where in London hold fond memories of black music history for you? A chance to reminisce after screening of a vox pops documentary. Contributors include 1Xtra DJ Semtex, Island-Universal UK president Darcus Beese, Mercury promotions executive Rob Pascoe, saxophonist Yolanda Brown, Westbury Music publisher Paulette Long, DJ Errol D, Playvybz Radio owner Andrea, musician-promoter Spoonface, ring-tone pioneer Alexander Amosu, culturalist Ekow Eshun. Click here to see preview.
3.30-5.30pm Look How Far We’ve Come Community Talk Film & Workshop
The Look... Community Talk event consists of the screening of the 'Look How Far We've Come: Commentaries On British Society And Racism' vox pops documentary with contributions by people with diverse backgrounds, ranging from academics, politicians, lawyers, nurses, to equality and community activists, including the likes of Prof Paul Gilroy, Prof Gus John, Lord Herman Ouseley, Lord Anthony Lester, Lord Taylor, David Lammy MP, Diane Abbott MP, Tony Benn, Ken Livingstone, Dawn Butler, Marc Wadsworth, Waveney Bushell, Eulett Roberts, Henry Bonsu, Lee Jasper, Toyin Agbetu and Zita Holbourne opine on how far Britain has come in dealing with racism and race equality issues. Followed by ‘How Does Racism Manifest Itself In Croydon?’ workshop covering Council, Police, Health Service, Education and Employment. Click here to watch Look... launch, and here for Look... conference; or here for details or to purchase 'Look How Far We've Come: The Race/Racism Primer'.
5.30-6.15pm British Black Music: Garveyite-inspired Songs Records
BBM Sound System ploughs through a number of conscious records from the British black music canon that have Garveyite themes, but are by no means all roots reggae tracks! Sing-a-long is encouraged!!
6.15-7pm Look How Far We’ve Come Community Talk Feedback Presentation
Rapporteur Sean Creighton provides overview from workshop and notes participant feedback. A full report will be published on local blogs and also feed into local initiatives
7.00-8.30pm Do You Know Croydonites Samuel Coleridge-Taylor & Neil ‘Mad Professor’ Fraser + John Archer? Film, Presentations & Q&A
History consultant Kwaku leads on these mini biographies which highlight African British classical composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Croydon connections; reveal the work of record producer Neil 'Mad Professor' Fraser, who has run a successful music business in Croydon for over 30 years; plus a focus on the life of John Archer as a race-man and pan-Africanist, whilst historian Sean Creighton focuses on the politics, and how he dealt with the outbreak of World War I as the 1913/1914 Battersea Mayor.
8.30-9.30pm Bob Marley Songs Of Love, Sufferation, Redemption & Emancipation Live Music
The evening rounds off with Pauline Thomas & Band performing songs from the Bob Marley songbook which speak to themes dealt with by pan-African icon Marcus Garvey as a way of marking the centenary of the founding of Garvey’s UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association).
African British histories & essays on racism
Aug. 1 2014 UPDATE
An extended Look... Community Talk event consisting of all-day film screenings, presentations, Q&As, stalls will take place Saturday Nov. 22, 12non-9pm in Croydon. More details to follow. Register below to be kept informed.
1. Click for post-Conference press release: “Organise and Unite,” Anti-Racism Conference tells Victimised Communities
2. Click for The first Community Talk event based on a 'Look How Far We've Come: Commentaries On British Society And Racism?' screening & Q&A session, which is part of Croydon Heritage Festival 2014
3. The 'Look How Far We've Come: The Race/Racism Primer' bookazine was published to co-incide with the Look... conference on May 8 2014. Priced at £8, until October 31 2014, UK orders can be made p&p free. Online sale option to be activated soon. In the meantime, contact email@example.com. Title page and Contents page copied below
MAY 7 2014 UPDATE
1. Selecting to be put on the mailing list does NOT give you entry to conference - to attend, you have to book separately
2. If you book for a stall or display space, you have to book separately for each person from your organisation or business attending the conference
3. Each paying delegate will receive a complimentary copy of the 'Look How Far We've Come: The Race/Racism Primer' book. Published by African Histories Revisited on May 8 2014, it costs £8, and can be purchased post-free (UK only) until October 31 2014 - see contents page below.
4. There are complimentary places for young people. If interested, contact conference co-ordinator Awula Serwah via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look How Far We’ve Come: Getting Racism Back On The Agenda? Conference
Thursday May 8 2014, 6-9pm
The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3BU
For background, and booking attendance, stall, literature display space: www.LookHowFar.eventbrite.com
Conference Convenor history consultant Kwaku
Conference Co-ordinator community activist Awula Serwah
Conference Rapporteur equalities advocate Linda Bellos
Former Runnymede Trust director Dr Rob Berkeley
Ecumenist/broadcaster Dr Joe Aldred
Harrow Mayor Cllr Nana Asante
Trade unionist Jim Thakoordin
Harrow Mayor Cllr Nana Asante
Former police officer Leroy Logan
Community activist/educator Toyin Agbetu
The Conference will provide a forum for discussing issues pertaining to racism, highlight what stakeholders are doing about racism, and how racism can be brought back on the agenda. As it is meant to be a “towards solutions” Conference, the presentations, workshops and plenary session will focus on strategies to combat racism, and not just dwell on the problems.
Xtra History & Reasoning Sessions - Family-friendly, semi-monthly Monday evenings, 6.30-8.30pm @ Mayor's Parlour, Harrow Civic Centre 1, HA1 2XY. May 12, 26: www.XtraHistory.eventbrite.com
British Black Music Month (BBMM2014) is June into mid-July. BBMM2014 Launch Saturday May 31, 12noon-7pm. Free @ Harrow Civic Centre 1. Debate, seminars, film screenings, music, networking, family fun day, African history talks & screenings etc: www.BBM.eventbrite.com, www.BritishBlackMusic.com
MARCH 22 2014 UPDATE:
+ Limited time £5 early-bird tickets on offer...
+ Conference brochure/bookazine advertising space and stalls available
+ We're seeking partners in and outside London to help us deliver Look How Far We've Come...? conferences and Community Discussions on racism and other socio- and political issues: email@example.com.
You can watch our UN anti-racism day march/rally in London on Saturday March 22 2014 and also the Stand Up Against Racism's documentary of trade unionists, comedians and activists talking about racism:
FEBRUARY 2014 UPDATE:
Details of Look How Far We've Come: Getting Racism Back On The Agenda? Conference is set for Thursday May 8 2014, 6-9pm at The Abbey Centre in Westminster - ticket details of this paid-for event will be announced on this page soon.
The book 'Look How Far We've Come: Racism, The Bristol Bus Boycott, Black History Month, The Black Sections, And Where Are We In Today's Union Jack?' and DVD 'Look How Far We've Come: Commentaries On British Society And Racism?'* will be published on May 1 2014 priced £10 each. Details of where to purchase copies wlll be anounced soon.
*DVD contributors: Addai Sebo, Ansel Wong, Baroness Ros Howells, Bernard Wiltshire, Brother Omowale, Clarence Thompson, Clement McLarty, Cllr Lincoln Beswick, Cllr Lurline Champagnie, Cllr Nana Asante, Darcus & Leila Howe, David Lammy MP, Dawn Butler, Diane Abbott MP, Donald Hinds, Dr Morgan Dalphinis, Dr Richard Stone, Eric & Jessica Huntley, Eulette Roberts, Fabian & Mavis Best, Guy Bailey, Henry Bonsu, Keith Vaz MP, Ken Livingstone, Kingsley Abrams, Lee Jasper, Leroy Logan, Linda Bellos, Lord Anthony Lester, Lord Bill Morris, Lord Herman Ouseley, Lord John Taylor, Marc Wadsworth, Michael Mansfield QC, Narendra Makanji, Norman Mullings, Paul Reid, Paul Stephenson, Phil Sealey, Prof Gus John, Prof Harry Goulbourne, Prof Paul Gilroy, Russell Profitt, Sam King, Suresh Kamath, Tony Benn, Toyin Agbetu, Waveney Bushell, Wilf Sullivan, Yvonne Brewster, and Zita Holbourne.
Thank you to all who attended the Look How Far We've Come...? launch on Feb. 25 2014 at the House of Commons, especially the project contributors, Rt Hon David Lammy MP, our host, Lord John Taylor, Harrow Mayor Cllr Nana Asante, Leroy Logan, Eulette Roberts, Brother Omowale, and Toyin Agbetu.
Short clip of feedback by young people at the launch:
Look How Far We've Come...? book and DVD resources launch is set for February 25 2014, 5.30-7pm at the House of Commons. Hosted by RT Hon David Lammy MP. We expect some of the Look How Far We've Come...? contributors will be on hand, plus there will be discussions around issues highlighted in the Look How Far We've Come...? resources (please scroll to the bottom to read about project background). This event is presently over-subscribed - we will explore getting a bigger room to accommodate as many of those who re-confirm their interest in attending.
Look How Far We’ve Come: Getting Racism Back On The Agenda? Conference, aimed at highlighting strategies for dealing with and overcoming racism, is planned to take in Westminster late April/early May 2014 (venue and date tbc) which speaks to the over-arching question: How far has Britain come in dealing with racism and racial equality issues?
An African Histories Revisited project
SEPTEMBER 2013 UPDATE:
4 months after Look... meeting in June 2013 at the Houses of Parliament, a follow-up is set for Thursday October 24, 6.30pm at Westminster Central Library - the Look... resources will form the basis for Look How Far We’ve Come… Exploring African British Histories, a free, inter-generational audio-visual presentation by history consultant Kwaku, in which he focuses on and beyond his work in progress, in order to highlight a narrative which maps out and hints at the length and breadth of more than a millennium of African British histories. Includes a Q&A session to encourage audience engagement. Light refreshments provided ... An African History Season event - all welcome - book now! (this event is over).
The Look... resources will form the basis for the Look How Far We've Come: Racism Conference in February 2014, which speaks to the over-arching question: How far has Britain come in dealing with racism and racial equality issues?
If you've booked or are on our mailing list, you will be informed about launch and conference details.
On June 24 2013 the Look... work in progress was previewed at the Houses of Parliament. The video of the Look... contributors responding to the question How far has Britain come in dealing with racism and racial equality issues? was used to engender a discussion on the state of racism, and what progress, if any, has been made. We thank Keith Vaz MP for hosting this event.
See below for photos from this event and some of the Look... contributors
When & Where
BTWSC Events/African Histories Revisited
BTWSC is a pan-London voluntary organisation that uses the creative arts to develop potential, raise aspirations, and promote social inclusion. It works with youths, adults and inter-generational audiences. Its core areas of delivery cover music industry, event planning, and African history education and programmes. For more details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that because of non-attendance, we over-book all free events, so entry and sitting is on a first come, first served basis.
Please note that we photograph and/or film/video our events. NO Filming/Video recording events by attendees without prior permission from organisers.