Saturday 5th April 1pm-5.00pm

Conference Room,
Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road

Free entry: First come,first served. Please bring a donation

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In association with Inspired Black Women we present three films and workshops on the history and legacy of the beauty of black women. Films include:

Sisters on the Light/Dark Thing (beauty)


Black, Bold and Beautiful (hair)

Yellow Babes (skin)

We will also have reports on the experiences of Black British women in Senegal, Somalia and Norway and men will be asked as to what they find attractive in women.

Plus Who was Carter G Woodson ? Plus, Black Power and the Vietnam War
Sunday 30 March 1pm-5.30pm
Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road SE1, Tube: Lambeth North.                                                                                                                                                             Free entry: First come, first served Please bring a donation

While the media focus on Barack Obama they forget to mention that the first black person to run for President was Shirley Chisholm in 1972. Chisholm was the Garveyite daughter of Guyanese and Barbadian immigrants. After becoming the first black Congresswoman,she  ran for the highest office just 4 years after King was gunned down. Her story is incredible but has been suppressed.This is only the 4th time this film has been screened

The Vietnam war was going on at the same time as the Civil Rights movement. This presentation will look at how the US and French governments were able to get black people to fight in a war for "freedom" when they were seen as less than human in their own countries.

Plus The Getty Archimedes Story
Saturday  29 March 5-8pm
Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach
Tube: Seven Sisters. Bus 149,259,243,476,230 Admission £8.00

* First Black Woman to win MBE  (1973)
* Medal of Service winner Guyana (1987)
* National Black Women Achievement award (1992)
* Fellow of Goldsmith College
* Woman of the Year winner (twice)

This event is brought to you in association with  .

From the 1960's Sybil was a foster parent to hundreds of unwanted children. She rasied £64,000, opened and ran Moonshot in New Cross, the first black youth club in Britain. When the National Front burned it down in 1977 she rebuilt it within 4 years. She was a leader in the New Cross Fire campaign and the post  Brixton negotiations. In the 1980's she set up the Marsha Phoenix  trust  for homeless young women. She is now 82 and still active in Lewisham. This film by Lucia Tanmbini contains interviews with Sybil, family and friends. The rare footage shows how bad racism was in the  80's and how much we take for granted now

Getty Archimede,  from Guadelope, was the first black woman to become a lawyer in France (1939). She became the first deputy parlimentarian in 1946. She fought tirelessly for women and the poor. This historical documentary by Mariette Monpierre will show the similarities and differences between black womens fight against racism in France and the UK

Plus Q & A with Kenyans
Sunday 24 February 2pm-5.30pm
Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road SE1Tube: Lambeth North.
Free entry: First come,first served

Much of the geographic and ethnic divisions currently seen in Kenya were established and  encouraged during British
colonialism. In February the Kenyan people will sue the British government for human rights abuses commited by their forces. Soldiers who had fought loyally for Britain during World War 2 came back to find white Britsh immigrants living on their fertile land while harassing local women.When Kenyan people fought for their independence, as they were'nt allowed to vote, the British invaders used:

* Torture
* Detention camps for up to 70,000 people
* Castration and blinding
* Fatal whipping
* Rape by British soldiers
* Rape with bottles of hot water

The British Army also used Northern Kenya for military exercises. As a result of leaving unexploded munitions behind, hundreds of Maasai and Samburu people have been killed or maimed by unexploded bombs left laying around over the past 50 years. The British fought the case. In 2002, a settlement was reached in which the UK government agreed to pay 7 million plus legal fees

Saturday  23 February 1pm-4pm
BFI Southbank (near Royal Festival Hall) Belvedere Road SE1
Tube: Waterloo. Free entry: First come,first served

** Best Feature Length Documentary, 1994 Image D'Ailleurs (Paris)
** Best Historical Documentary & Audience Special Merit Awards Winner, 1993 National Black Programming Consortium
** Best Use of Archival Footage in a Documentary, 1993 Chicago Film Festival
This film collects testimonies, eyewitness accounts and dramatic re-enactments to tell the life, legacy, loves, and losses of Malcolm X. Filmed in New York to coincide with the release of Spike Lee's feature film Malcolm X, Akomfrah's documentary features songs, citations and interviews to tell the story of the fearless leader who was assassinated in February 1965. Spike Lee; Malcolm Jarvis, Malcolm X's prison friend; and Betty Shabazz, his widow all appear.