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Monday Xtra History Sessions

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Video led forums that speak to the history of British black music; Marcus Garvey & UNIA-ACL; a pre- Windrush & NHS nurse; music biz & racism

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BTWSC/African Histories Revisited, BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress (BBM/BMC), RE:IMI (Race Equality: In Music Industry), TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question), and The African Coalition present the Monday Xtra History Sessions - accessible, family-friendly, video-led forums with music industry and history consultant Kwaku and special guests.

Each session begins with the screening of a specially made or re-configured video that provides some historical context to the topic of discussion. This is followed by a discussion on any aspect of points raised in the video, led by Kwaku with input from special guest. A poll is conducted towards the end, to gauge attendee views on particular aspects of the discussion.

These via Zoom Sessions aim to improve knowledge of history through an accessible and engaging manner for a deliberately wide audience, that cuts across age; ethnicity; geographical location; knowledge specialism; or industry or fraternity associations. In other words, ALL are welcome!

We are committed to delivering these 4 events in September 2020, 6-9pm (UK). Should there be a demand by the attendees for a repeat or continuation, this would be considered.

Sep. 7

A HISTORY OF BRITISH BLACK MUSIC THROUGH THE AGES:Taking a two millennia trip through British black music history.

Sep. 14

HIGHLIGHTING MARCUS GARVEY, UNIA & GARVEYISM THROUGH FILM: Providing the backstory to the work of Marcus Garvey & the UNIA-ACL 80:100.

Sep. 21

I WAS IN NURSING BEFORE WINDRUSH AND THE NHS: Life of an African who started her nursing career in UK in 1947.

Sep 28

THE RE:IMI UK MUSIC INDUSTRY AND RACISM FILM REMIX: The history of racism in British music and how the industry is dealing with it in a post-George Floyd/#BlackOutTuesday world .

The Sessions can be booked on this Eventbrite page or via: www.bitly.com/MondayXtraHisSes2020.

Kwaku is a music industry and history consultant. He holds an MA Music Business Management, MA Media and LLM Entertainment Law. Formerly an active journalist, he was a columnist on Billboard, DJmag, and Gargamel/Gmag; a contributor to Touch, Hip-Hop Connection, New African, Drum and BBC Radio London. He's taught music industry courses at University of Westminster, City University of London, City and Islington College, Haringey Arts/Collage Arts, and Portobello Business Centre; guest lectured at LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) and University of Hertfordshire. A qualified NVQ assessor, he's the lead tutor on BTWSC's unaccredited and OCN accredited Music Industry Overview course, and BBM/BMC's bi-annual Making Sense Of How The Music Industry Works course. He's the founder of BBM/BMC (BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress); and co-ordinator of RE:IMI (Race Equality: In Music Industry) and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor 100PM Collective.

Kwaku has delivered African history programmes for statutory bodies, including the National Archives and Home Office; councils including Harrow, Brent, Wandsworth and Kingston; and AAME staff groups. He’s the lead presenter on BTWSC's community projects and tutor on BTWSC’s OCN accredited Overview of African History: 'From Freedom To Enslavement To Physical Freedom' course. Kwaku is the author of two Heritage Lottery Funded BTWSC books/DVD resources: 'Brent Black Music History Project' and NARM (Naming and Role Models) Highlighting African British Male Role Models 1907 – 2007'; the 'Look How Far We've Come...? DVD and Race/Racism Primer; and co-editor of 'African Voices: Quotations By People Of African Descent'. He's co-ordinator of the Friends Of Marcus Garvey Bust Collective, TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question), and The African Coalition. He publishes on blackhistorymonth.org.uk.

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