African Caribbean Citizens Forum reports about BHS 2006 in Rapport Magazine:
The Leicester Black History Season will run from the end of September to the end of November 2006. The season gives the African and African Caribbean communities in Leicester the opportunity to share aspects of our histories with each other and with the city’s other communities.
The theme for this year’s activities, initiatives and events is “Celebrating Black Women”
In keeping with the role play for the past three years, the African Caribbean Citizens Forum is supporting non-arts based organisations from our community and voluntary sector to play an active part in developing and presenting events for inclusion in this year’s season.
A range of suggestions for activities are being developed. Our recently appointed BHS Community Engagement Co-ordinator, Daniel Robinson, said:
“I am really excited by the potential for this project. Black History in general is not taught in mainstream education, so it is no surprise that the contributions of Black women to the development of our community have been rather neglected. This season gives us a small opportunity to redress that imbalance ….. The kinds of ideas that groups are bringing forward are really inspiring. The groups are already coming up with ideas like Networking events, Monologues, Pamper sessions and the like. These really give me hope for our future generations and makes working on the project a real joy….
Giving some insight into what is being planned, Daniel continued:
“There is still plenty of opportunity and scope for groups to get involved … work together and develop ideas for this year’s season. My role is to support, facilitate and co-ordinate their activities. It is a bit of a tall order on the very few allocated hours. I know that if we want to get things done, particularly in the community we have to work extra hard, I have the capacity and commitment to make the ideas come to life….”
The season is a significant highlight in the communities’ cultural calendar. Celebrating Black History is a necessity and a privilege.
African Caribbean Citizens Forum, Rapport Magazine, Summer Edition, 2006, p. 5.
Donated by Carol Varley: African Caribbean Citizens Forum