Find out more below about Black History Season 2010 and the Emancipation Project:
Black History Season has its origins as far back as the 1920s in America. Now in its 21 year of being in Britain is there any point to dedicating a whole month to Black history?
African Renaissance is the theme for the forthcoming Black History Season.
According to Leicester City Council African Renaissance, “identifies African/African Caribbean history and prompts the discovery of past and progressive achievements across the Diaspora.”
Black History Season promotes the history and contribution that African and Caribbean communities have made to Leicester, helping to understand the present through our past.
Emancipation Project 2010
The Emancipation Project 2010 consisted of the following:
- Trip to Liverpool’ International Slavery Museum
- Freedom Exhibition 01 August – 07 August
- Community BBQ/African Cuisine
- Emancipation Walk 2010
- Premier of the film ‘Who was Edward Juba’?
The majority of our planned aims and objective were fully achieved and the results have been instrumental in raising awareness of how we can come together and achieve togetherness as one people.
For the Liverpool trip, we had over 60 members of the community who participated specifically Somali, African Caribbean and Mixed Heritage. As for the Emancipation Day itself, there were over 80 Emancipation Walkers. The overall attendance was about 200 people of which the majority were young people.
One of the most important observations was the willingness of those involved to not only do the event again but also to come together and do it again. The weather was generally fine on the day of the event. We were able to complete the Emancipation Walk (7 Mile Walk from Rothley Court to Nelson Mandela Park). The film and the exhibition went down remarkably well. The film was repeated on the hour from 10.30am right through to 19.00pm with the largest audience being the morning premiere and the 18.00pm showing. The exhibition was well attended.
The food available was well presented, with a variety of choices amongst which were the Zimbabwe Style Community BBQ, Somali Cuisine and Vegan Cakes from the Rastafarian Community.
Liverpool International Slavery Museum
On the 30 July 2010 the Black Future Project and St Matthews Community Solutions Centre took a group of young people between the ages of 11 – 19 with their parents and members of the community to the Liverpool International Slavery Museum. This was in partnership with the ACCF Summer Programme.
The trip was part of our Emancipation Project whose aim was to give those of different cultural background as well as those from an African Caribbean Culture an insight into African History.
The trip featured communities from the African Caribbean, the Somali and Mixed parentage heritage. The museum has lots of information around Slavery and Liverpool’s links to it. The upper two floors of the museum are dedicated to the ‘Our Story’.
By Tariq Zampaladus
Community Cohesion Team Leader
African Caribbean Citizens Forum, E-Rapport Magazine, Summer/Autumn Edition, 2010, p. 3 – 4.
Donated by Carol Varley: African Caribbean Citizens Forum