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:
50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s I have a dream speech
Celebrating Nobel Prize Winners for Literature: first female Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison and Derek Walcott
Centenary birthday celebrations of jazz legend Billie Holiday
BHM 2014 Launch: 3 Black Voices
Saturday 27 September
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.
Wednesday 8 October
Dir: Jonathan Demme, 172mins, 1998, USA, 15
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.
Wednesday 15 October
Dir: Franco Rosso, 91mins, 1981, UK, 15
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.
BHMFilmFest: Poetry is an Island: Derek Walcott
Wednesday 22 October
Dir Ida Does, 80 mins, 2013, Netherlands, Not Rated
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.
BHMFilmFest: Freedom Summer
Wednesday 29 October
Dir: Stanley Nelson,113 min, 2014, USA, Not Rated
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.
BHMBookTalk: Who Killed Hammarskjöld?
The UN, The Cold War, and White Supremacy in Africa – Susan Williams
Thursday 23 October
St Martin’s Tea & Coffee Merchants
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.
BHM Book Talk: S is for Samora
A Lexical Biography of Samora Machel and the Mozambican Dream – Sarah LeFanu
Thursday 30 October
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’.