Black British Civil Rights Heroes, 1596 to 2006
Thursday 29 September 6.30pm-9.00pm
The bias in schools gives the impression that racism and civil rights was an American issue and totally ignores the struggles Black British people endured. Schools and colleges will spend two weeks studying Rosa Parks and US segregationin the1950's but know nothing of the ban on black people working in Oxford street and living in cetain houses This interative presentation will provide the names and achievements of those black people born or resident here that fought against British racism over the last 400 years. Includes Ottobah Cuguano, Robert Wedderburn, Olaudah Equiano, Phyllis Wheatley, Learie Constantine, Mavis Best, Dame Jocelyn Barrow, virginity testing for immigration puroses, deaths in custody, Saturday schools and much more. We will use the BFI Mediateque film resources to show extraordinary scenes of black society since 1906 www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk
Thursday 22 September 6.30-9pm prompt start
Kensington Library Theatre, Phillimore Walk, off High St Kensington W87RX
Tube: High St Kensington
Online tickets only £8.00 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/133532
First Ever UK Cinema Screening !! This film was never released in this country despite being produced by Oprah Winfrey and starring two Academy Award actors Denzel Washinton and Forest Whittaker. See video clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqAYR7CBriA
(On 5th November www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk will also be screening Spike Lees Miracle at Santa Anna at the BFI Southbank which came out in 2008 but was never released here...why ? )
The Great Debaters is a period drama film directed by and starring two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and produced by Oprah Winfrey . Based on a true story, the plot revolves around the efforts of debate coach Melvin B. Tolson (Washington) at historically black Wiley College to place his team on equal footing with whites in the American South during the 1930s, when Jim Crow laws were common and lynch mobs were a pervasive fear for blacks.
The movie also explores Texas during the Great Depression the day-to-day insults African Americans endured and the importance of education,. Also depicted is James L. Farmer, Jr. (Whitaker), who, at 14 years old, was on Wiley's debate team after completing high school (and who later went on to co-found C.O.R.E., the Congress of Racial Equality). Another character depicted on the team, Samantha Booke, is based on the real individual Henrietta Bell Wells, the only female member of the 1930 debate team from Wiley College who participated in the first collegiate interracial debate in the United States. Wells also happened to be a African American poet whose papers are housed at the Library of Congress.
This is a fantastic, educational and inspiring film presented by Images of Black Women and Black History Walks. www.imagesofblackwomen.com www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk
Monday 12 September 6.30-9pm
Kensington Library Theatre, Phillimore Walk off High Street Kensington, W8 7RX
Tube:High St Kensington
Tickets only £9.00 online only from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/133540
Never released in this country! Second only cinema screening !
See video clip here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D90GKozn-Xg
(On 5th November www.blackhistorywalks will also be screening the never-UK-released Spike Lee film Miracle at Santa Anna)
Producer Bishop T.D. Jakes invites you to the marriage of Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton) and Jason Taylor (Laz Alonso, Fast & Furious), who just might be the perfect couple. Unfortunately, their families are a perfect recipe for disaster. Mrs. Watson (Angela Bassett) has an upper-crust sensibility that matches her family's posh estate, where Jason's straight-out-of-Brooklyn mom (Loretta Devine) seems utterly out of place. When the families gather for Jason and Sabrina's wedding, it becomes clear that each side has its traditions...and its secrets. When uptown meets downtown, the truth comes out - and only one question remains. Will this couple endure the hysterical and harrowing trials of love and finally jump the broom
This film was supposed to have a UK release but like Great Debaters, Miracle at Santa Anna, Pride and many other positive black fims.. it never happened. Images of Black Women and Black History Walks are proud to present this movie www.imagesofblackwomen.com www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk