Jim Kelly,Kung Fu and Black British Civil Rights

Sun, 29 March 2020 14:00 – 18:00

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

About this Event

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

This session will be jointly delivered by Andrew Muhammad, The Investigator and Black History Walks

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.

Other exciting events from BHW in 2020

Black History River Cruise 7th March

Black history Bus Tour 8th March

Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s, Soho, Elephant & Castle, Notting Hill walks

Tutankhamun’s hidden African history 1st March

Heroic Black Sailors of the 1800s 9th March

How to move to the Caribbean and live Good! 15th March

The Fela Kuti story (film) BFI Southbank

The Toni Morrison story (film) BFI Southbank

The Black history of video games

Black women as superheroes (film)

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