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Black History Month

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    Black History Month

Why Black History Month?

Being at liberty to pass social and political comment on key issues of our present day can easily be taken for granted in a country that prides itself in being a democracy. And I certainly subscribe to the point of view that we are among the blessed percentage in the world.
However, this privilege shouldn’t disguise the fact that there are certain privileged voices and opinions that loom large over others. So having been poignantly challenged with the question that is “why do we even need a black history month”? I’ve procured a metaphor that refers to the celebratory concept of rags to riches. To have come from very little, to have viewed another person’s birth given affluence and progression whilst living
alongside you. And then through your intellect, tenacity, creativity and talent you match their achievements. Cue the fanfares and accolades... how we love a feel good story!
And so it is with (my) metaphoric ‘rags’ of black history. Still viewing another culture’s influentially prominent historical status. Whilst yearning to share and bring forth in balance, the rich tapestry of black history that has always co-existed alongside it’s more famous relative.
So I say no one need be offended by what we strive to achieve. Oh that in time we will legitimately celebrate ‘Shared History Month’.
Olu Rowe
Black History Month Co-Ordinator
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the arrival at Tilbury docks of the Empire Windrush from the Caribbean. For thousands of British people, including those not directly descended from the 1948 pioneers, it is a hugely symbolic moment.
After the second World War Southampton was one of the first destinations for people coming from the Caribbean to accept jobs that white British people were not able to fill; and many came to improve their educational opportunities; and after all this was the motherland! They were subsequently known as “The Windrush Generation” and the two of the main UK ports of entry were Tilbury and Southampton.
As well as creating opportunities recent events have now shown how badly some of these individuals were treated, with some who have faced humiliating degradation through expulsions, imprisonment and refusal of basic life sustaining services.
Nonetheless this phenomena changed the face of Britain, and Black migrants from Africa and the Caribbean were the first of subsequent migrant communities that include those from India , Pakistan, China, Poland and other countries that not only settled in the city but in all parts of the country. Some of you will recall those seminal images of welldressed, eager-eyed young men and women who had the vision of a mystical but mythical motherland. Migrants and visitors, primarily through the port of Southampton, have changed the city irrevocably and many of us can visibly see how the culture of these Caribbean migrants has had a massive impact on “The British Way of Life” This year will again remind us all of the value of those who came and their

BHM Events 2018

7th: The Magic of Motown, 9pm, The Concorde Club, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh SO50 9HQ
8th: Soulful Day, 2pm, Diane Shaw, Shakatak, The Drifters, Edwin Starrs Band Feat. Angelo Starr. The Concorde Club, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh SO50 9HQ
15th: RU40, 9.30pm, The Concorde Club, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh SO50 9HQ
23rd: The Etta James Story, 9pm, The Concorde Club, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh SO50 9HQ
27th: BHM Launch, 11am – 2pm, St Mary’s Fire Station, 122 Brinton’s Road, Southampton SO14 0DB
28th: Incognito, The Concorde Club, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh SO50 9HQ
29th: Jaxstax, 9.30pm, The Concorde Club, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh SO50 9HQ
10th: BHM Black Plaque, 12pm, The Stage Door, 78 W Marlands Road, Southampton SO14 7FW
11th: Black To The Future Opening Night, 6pm -8pm, Showcase Gallery, Above Bar, Southampton SO14 7NN
14th: Love Soul Choir, 12pm-12.30pm,1.00pm -1.30pm, West Quay,Southampton SO15 1GE
14th: Macka B, The Joiners Arms, 141 St Marys Street, Southampton SO14 1NS
25th: Afrofuturism Discussion Evening, 6.30pm- 9pm, Showcase Gallery, Above Bar, Southampton SO14 7NN
28th: Princes of Motown, The Concorde Club, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh SO50 9HQ
29th: Live Talk with Akala, The University of Southampton, building 32/ room 1015, University Road Southampton SO17 1BJ

Download Black History Month 2018 magazine here or email for details on where to pick up a free hard copy

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