So Black history month is 30 years old in the UK and 90 years old in the USA, is it still relevant, should it continue?

Given the increase in racial attacks since Brexit and the presence of white supremacists in the Whitehouse the answer could only be yes.

Tony Warner is the Director of Black History Walks, they provide monthly talks, films and educational walking tours on Londons' 2000 years of African history

The reason the event was created in the first place was to correct the deliberate destruction done to African memories by European mis-representation.

With present technology, it should be easy to correct the massive mis-information about African history; but the new media also supplies massive distractions on a 24-hour-in-your-hand basis.

So, what are we are doing to repair the damage? Firstly, we run black history events all year long and not just in October.

Our guided history walks take place in seven different parts of London and within four museums. University students from USA, Sweden, France, Brazil and local schools increasingly patronise the tours. Recently large firms like PwC, Norton Rose Fulbright and the Red Cross have discovered that walking tours are a great way to learn while socialising.

Apart from walks our regular monthly film shows have been going for ten years. African Odysseys at the BFI Southbank is the only programme in the entire country to showcase African/Caribbean films every month of the year. Not only do we screen rare films but we ensure Q&A with experts. The films selected are not shown anywhere else and give black directors/producers a chance to showcase under-viewed works like Toussaint, Besouro, Warrior Queen Nzingha and The Price of Memory,

Hollywood has a massive attraction for young people but the seduction is often at the cost of education due to the liberties taken with history.. that’s why we have our Movie Breakdowns. Using film clips and commentary we separate fact and fiction in films like Planet of the Apes, Exodus Gods and Kings, Black Panther and the X Men.

Acting on the perverse statistic that out of 18,500 UK professors only 85 are black and of those just 17 are women; we set up the Queen Nzingha lecture series. The lectures feature black women, who have expert knowledge, speaking on various topics.

This self-funded grassroots initiative has produced over 30 lectures including: Who stole all the black women from Britain by Emma Dabiri, Life as a Black Female Academic by Dr Ama Biney, and African Hair before Bondage by Professor Lori Tharp.

Our regular history talks continue to inspire. Topics like How Jamaicans ended slavery with Paul Crooks recently pulled in 400 people at the University of Westminster.

We have just added taught courses to our repertoire. The Amazing James Baldwin 5-week course sold out twice at Black Cultural Archives and twice at New Beacon books. With demand coming from all over the country we will soon be going online. With this kind of activity in another 30 years there maybe be no need for black history month at all…maybe.

Tony Warner is the Director of Black History Walks, they provide monthly talks, films and educational walking tours on Londons’ 2000 years of African history

Comments

Afrikan (Black) History Month is more relevant than ever before given the overt whitewashing of history by institutions like the BBC on a daily basis — For example when the BBC does a history programme about the Romans , they give the false impression that the Romans were White / Caucasian and deliberately leave out the FACT that some prominent Romans were Afrikan — example being that one such Romans was Sepitmus Severimus who was an Afrikan ruler of the UK/ Britin between 193-211 CE/AD who was responsible for re-building Hadrians Wall. Why is the Afrikan contribution to the UK deliberately hidden? It is tio give the erroneus impression that Britain has always been a “White” country which is historically, antrologically and genetically inaccurate.

In Fact Afrikan people have been in the UK from time — before the Romasn, the Vikings, the Anglo-Saxons and the Normans. Again it is inconceivable to talk about British history without the presence or mention of Afrikan people becasue Afrikan history is inter woven into the fabric of British history and vice versa.

It is because of a gross and vile revision of British history by some White British “historians” who have sought to deny or downgrade the Afrikan contribution to the development of Britain that Afrikan (Black) History Month is relevant, not necessarily to re-write history but to tell the TRUTH!!! Truth cannot be hidden under the veil of political correctness or white supremacy, sooner rather than later the truth WILL come out!!


30 years on, it may be more relevant if it was universally called African History Month, and focused on African HISTORY…


If you cannot get to an event what are the best books to read?


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