Black History Month

Black History event lights up Central Croydon

Posted on October 23rd, by The Croydon Citizen in Culture. No Comments

David Marino Jr reports on a Black History Month event featuring music, poetry, education and more

Black History Month was in full force in Croydon Saturday, as the Black Cultural Open Day event celebrated African/black culture in a free multimedia presentation featuring music, poetry, education and more.

The event, held at the Project B bar from 2 pm to 7 pm by Black Futures UK, a … Read More »

Event review: Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers Uncovered – a talk by Paul Crooks

Posted on October 17th, by Ola Kolade in History. 2 comments

Black History Month comes to Croydon via an enlightening talk by historian Paul Crooks

October is a unique month in our yearly calendar, fêted by our attempts to lay off the booze in exchange for raising awareness and funds to battle the ‘big C’. For some of us, we get to rekindle our inner child by playing dress up and our high-street retailers get a small boost … Read More »

Event celebrating black culture coming to Croydon

Posted on October 2nd, by David Marino Jr in Culture. No Comments

The day will feature poetry, reggae, African history, and more

The Black Cultural Open Day event will be a celebration of black/African culture to coincide with Black History Month.

The event is being hosted by Black Futures UK, a Croydon-based advocacy group that helps people of African descent gain meaningful employment, as well as provides resources for those attempting to attend university.

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Event review: From Shame To Strength, Friday 30th October

Posted on November 19th, by Katie Rose in Culture. No Comments

Not victims, but victorious. Katie Rose listens to a group of women who seek to empower others

On Halloween weekend and the penultimate evening of Black History Month, celebrating Women in Leadership, it felt absolutely fitting to attend an event exploring the deep and often hidden issues faced by women. Having recently shared a profound discussion about empowering young people’s voices with Magdalene Adenaike on … Read More »

Event preview: South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival 2015

Posted on October 12th, by Marek Slodkowski in Culture. No Comments

Marek Slodkowski welcomes the return of the film fans’ favourite to South Norwood and Thornton Heath

So, South Norwood and Thornton Heath, you totally smashed your very first Free Film Festival last year!

You had packed venues, smiling faces, Patrick Swayze lip syncing “And I owe it all to you-ooooou!” from the Dirty Dancing sing-along still ringing in everyone’s ears as they stepped out, dazed and … Read More »

Does Croydon need its own Martin Luther King?

Posted on October 30th, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

As we approach the end of Black History Month, Sean Creighton our local historian, reflects on the impact Martin Luther King had on Croydon from across the Atlantic.

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.’”

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Remembering Paul Robeson’s musical activism

Posted on October 28th, by Sean Creighton in Culture. No Comments

Local historian Sean Creighton takes a look at the musical impact of Paul Robeson and his lasting legacy

Call Mr Robeson was the last show at Croydon’s Warehouse Theatre before it was forced to close in May 2012. This powerful one man performance by Tayo Aluko is a tribute to the African American actor, singer and political activist Paul Robeson. Having made Britain … Read More »