BLACK HISTORY MONTH LEICESTER

Having hosted Black History Season (BHS) in 2012, Serendipity has since been awarded the tenure for the next three years by Leicester City Council. Held in October, Black History Month promotes the history and contribution that African and Caribbean communities have made to Leicester, helping to understand the present through our past.

The themes for the next three years of Leicester Black History Month are:

2013
50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s I have a dream speech

2014
Celebrating Nobel Prize Winners for Literature: first female Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison and Derek Walcott

2015
Centenary birthday celebrations of jazz legend Billie Holiday

 

 

BHM 2014

 

The Black History Month programme is now live. Below are the events presented by Serendipity; to see the full schedule of events go the Visit Leicester website or have a look at the online brochure.

 

BHM 2014 Launch: 3 Black Voices

Saturday 27 September

7.45pm

Curve

£10

 

Black History Month 2014 launches with a celebration of talented vocalists. Iesher Haughton, Femi Santiago and Leicester’s own Bizzi Dixon, who all recently appeared on BBC One’s The Voice, will come together for an exciting evening of entertainment hosted by stand-up comedian John Simmit.

 

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BHMFilmFest: Beloved

Wednesday 8 October

7.00pm

Phoenix Cinema

Dir: Jonathan Demme, 172mins, 1998, USA,  15

£5

Beloved, based upon Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name, centres on the life of Sethe, a former slave. When mysterious young woman arrives at her house, Sethe is forced to face the secrets of her past that have haunted her for years.

 

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BHMFilmFest: Babylon

Wednesday 15 October

7.00pm

Phoenix Cinema 

Dir: Franco Rosso, 91mins, 1981, UK, 15

£5

A dramatic story set in South London at the beginning of the Thatcher era, Babylon depicts the struggles of a young Black British man as he faces racism, fanaticism and disillusion. With a backdrop of Reggae Sound Systems, the film has an encapsulating soundtrack featuring Aswad, Dennis Bovell, I Roy and Yabby U. 

 

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BHMFilmFest: Poetry is an Island: Derek Walcott

Wednesday 22 October

7.00pm

Phoenix Cinema

Dir Ida Does, 80 mins, 2013, Netherlands, Not Rated

£5

This rousing documentary reveals an intimate portrait of Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, as it visits his art studio, his childhood home and his current residence on his beloved native island of St. Lucia. Walcott speaks openly about the personal meaning of his work, the significance of art for humanity and the film celebrating his poetry.

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BHMFilmFest: Freedom Summer

Wednesday 29 October

7.00pm

Phoenix Cinema

Dir: Stanley Nelson,113 min, 2014, USA, Not Rated

£5

Marking the 50th Anniversary of ‘Freedom Summer’, this insightful and thought provoking documentary looks back at the summer of 1964, when more than 700 student activists took segregated Mississippi by storm, registering African-American voters, creating freedom schools and establishing the intergrated Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

 

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BHMBookTalk: Who Killed Hammarskjöld?

The UN, The Cold War, and White Supremacy in Africa – Susan Williams

Thursday 23 October

3.00pm

St Martin’s Tea & Coffee Merchants

Free

 

Susan Williams examines the mystery surrounding the death of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) in 1961, wrecking his mission to bring peace to the Congo. A Rhodesian inquiry blamed pilot error, but a UN inquiry reached an open verdict. In response to Susan’s book, an independent Hammarskjöld Commission was set up, which recommended reopening the UN inquiry. Agreeing there is new evidence, Ban Ki-moon has now referred the matter to the UN General Assembly.

 

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BHM Book Talk: S is for Samora

A Lexical Biography of Samora Machel and the Mozambican Dream – Sarah LeFanu

Thursday 30 October

3.00pm

St Martin’s Tea & Coffee Merchants

Samora Machel led FRELIMO, the Mozambican Liberation Front, to victory against Portuguese colonialism in 1974. This biography draws on stories, speeches, documents, and the memories of those who knew him to present many faces of the man that Nelson Mandela called ‘a true African Revolutionary’.

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