Heroic Black Pilots of World War 1 and 2

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The Blue Room

BFI Southbank

Belvedere Road

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SE1 8XT

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The new Caribbean film, Barrow Freedom Fighter: the amazing story of Flying Officer Errol Barrow who later led Barbados to independence as Prime Minister, premieres as part of African Odysseys at the BFI Southbank on 9th November 2pm. (tickets for the film on www.bfi.org.uk)

In honour of this screening we present 90 minutes of the history of the many other Black RAF aircrew who served in both World War 1 and World War 2 plus interviews with the sons and daughters of some of those veterans.

We will cover:

  • Black pilots from Barbados, Jamaica, Haiti, St Lucia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, USA, Turkey, Ethiopia and more
  • Red Tails the movie, fact, fiction and Hollywood resistance to positive black stories
  • The World War 1 pilot who became a nightclub owner and World War 2 spy
  • Black female pilots and their hidden histories
  • The African air bases that supported the RAF in WW2
  • The secret African route that helped Britain win the war in the 'Middle East'

Please note, Hero the Squadron Leader Ulric Cross Story (photo above) will be screened on Friday 18th October at 6.30pm at Picturehouse Central plus Q&A with star of the film and the son of Ulric Cross. Trinidadian Ulric Cross was the highest ranking and most decorated black man in the RAF. He is shown here with his medals.

Events for 2020

  • Black History bus tour March 8th
  • Black History river cruise March 7th
  • How to move to the Caribbean and live Good
  • How to move to Africa and live good
  • Trafalgar Square, St Paul's, Soho, Elephant and Castle walks
  • The Black history of video games
  • Black presence in the National Gallery
  • The Fela Kuti story
  • Toni Morrison, her life and times
  • Harriet Tubman the movie



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The Blue Room

BFI Southbank

Belvedere Road

London

SE1 8XT

United Kingdom

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