Tours, Talks and Walks
Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike of 1968: A Strategy of Nonviolent Resistance
Thursday 9 March, 1.00pm-2.00pm
In 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, the Labor Movement and the Civil Rights Movement came together in a monumental struggle for human and public employee rights. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. championed the cause of these 1300 sanitation workers who went on strike demanding their basic rights to organise a union, to gain a living wage, and to receive the respect and dignity due all working men and women.
PhD student Sharon J. Reives joins us for a lunchtime talk on the Memphis Sanitation Workers and Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign. Reives’ is a theatre maker who addresses social justice through her work and she is currently researching theatre and performance at Anglia Ruskin University.
Evelyn Dove: Britain’s Black Cabaret Queen
Thursday 27 April, 1.00pm-2.00pm
Stephen Bourne celebrates the life and career of the glamorous London-born singer Evelyn Dove, the subject of his latest book. In the booming cabaret age of the 1920s and 1930s she thrilled audiences around the world. Her movie star looks captivated those in her presence. During the Second World War she kept the home fires burning with her appearances on BBC radio. Following the talk Stephen will be signing copies of Evelyn Dove: Britain’s Black Cabaret Queen.
Samuel Coleridge Taylor
Thursday 25 May, 1.00pm-2.00pm
The London-born composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) has been the subject of biographies, articles, web sites, CD booklet notes, a novel, and entries in encyclopaedias. Yet he remains elusive as a person, misunderstood as a musician, and a victim of the innocent prejudices of commentators. Jeffrey Green, independent historian, will provide an insight into his life, using often overlooked documents from BCA’s collection to reveal pieces of the truth.