St Paul’s/Bank Black History Walk

Sat, 29 February 2020 13:30 – 15:30

In 140 minutes your guide will take you through hundreds of years of the African presence and contribution to London’s way of life. Discover secret alleyways and enormous buildings all connected to Africa and the Caribbean in ways which the owners do not want you to know. Find out about Black loyalists and African revolutionaries. Uncover the submerged links between racism, trade, religion, slavery and politics which are still evident in the very streets and buildings of the oldest part of London. This walk features:

  • Ancient African architecture
  • African influence on European romance
  • British wealth, African resources
  • Secret societies, world economics and the church
  • African Female Resistance leaders
  • African-American soldiers
  • Black freedom fighters in 1700’s London
  • Race,Class,Gender,Economics, Science, literature and much more.

    “Thank you very much for the grand tour of the oldest part of London. That was a tour of a lifetime and most enlightening. Yes, I realise more than ever before how our ancestors and countries contributed to the wealth, growth and grandeur of the British Empire” Professor Norman Maphosa, Vice Chancellor, Solosi University, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

    ‘We enjoyed the walk, and I think it has very much enriched our study of the 18th-century novel and colonialism. I especially appreciated the way in which you used different locations in the City to bring out the connections (unexpected to students) between London wealth, imperial capitalism, and colonial exploitation of Africa and Africans during the era of colonization and slavery. Your presentation was lively and approachable, humorous at times, but deeply knowledgeable and with an activist edge. I’m sure this Black History Walk will be a memorable part of my students’ experience of studying abroad in London. I’ve copied my program administrators so that they have the information about the Walks, and you’re free to quote any of this if you like.’ Elizabth A Bohls, Associate Professor, English Department, University of Oregon

    Other coming events from BHW
  • Black History bus tour March 7th 2020
  • Black History river cruise March 8th 2020
  • Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s, Soho, Elephant & Castle, Notting Hill
  • Tutankhamun’s hidden African history 1st March
  • Heroic Black Sailors of the 1800s 9th March
  • Queen of Sheba, Andromeda and Black women in European art 15th March
  • Black presence in the National Gallery
  • Jim Kelly, Kung Fu and Black British Civil Rights 29th March
  • How to move to the Caribbean and live Good March 15th
  • Harriet Tubman plus Q&A with director Kasi Lemmons 25th January

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