Jim Kelly,Kung Fu and Black British Civil Rights

Sun, 2 May 2021 15:00 – 17:30 BST

Jim Kelly’s film and cultural legacy and the link to Black British self defence against racist attacks in the 70s/80s. ONLINE

Jim Kelly was an African-American martial arts legend at a time when the Black Power movement was on the rise in the USA. His films made money around the world but also had a cultural impact especially in England where the Black community was under constant physical attack. His career was halted by Hollywood when he refused to play negative roles despite his box office appeal .This interactive presentation will cover:

  • Kung Fu movies, Black British and Caribbean culture
  • Jim Kelly’s influence on fashion, culture and martial arts
  • His fight for positive Black imagery
  • Black British life in the 1970/80s ;racist attacks going to, at and coming from school
  • Social commentary in Three the Hard Way
  • The Bruce Lee connection
  • Testimony from actual London street fighters 1950s to 1990s

About the Speaker: Andrew Muhammad is one of the United Kingdom’s leading Black History and Culture Specialists. His lively energetic presentations are designed to explore African history and culture in a fun manner.

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