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No Colour Bar - Connecting Black Archives and Black Bookshops
Sat 5 November 2016, 14:30 – 15:45 EDT
Join Dr Michael McMillan to explore radical bookshops through Bogle-L’Ouverture Publications, Walter Rodney Bookshop and Centerprise.
Dr Michael McMillan is a British playwright, artist/curator and educator, born in England to parents who were migrants from St Vincent and the Grenadines. He worked at Centerprise in Hackney during the 1980s and is the author of several plays, and as an artist is best known for his first installation, The West Indian Front Room, which was exhibited with great success in 2005, attracting more than 35,000 visitors in its initial outing at the Geffrye Museum, and going on to inspire a BBC Four documentary Tales from the Front Room (2007). A more recent installation of the Walter Rodney Bookshop featured as part of the 2015 exhibition No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action - 1960-1990 at the Guildhall Art Gallery.
He has said, "I grew up with learning three languages: the creole spoken by my parents as a fusion of an English lexicon and an African grammar; the Jamaican English spoken on the streets of Hackney and around London and the London English spoken at school”.
This event is a partnership between Friends of Huntley Archives at LMA and Hackney Museum. For more events during Black History Month at Hackney Museum visit www.hackney.gov.uk/museum