William Cuffay and Kennington Common

On 10th April 1848 the largest crowd that had ever yet gathered for a demonstration assembled on Kennington Common (now Kennington Park). An estimated 250,000 people were readying themselves to march to Westminster and deliver a petition bearing over 3 million signatures to Parliament. The body even more alarmed at the thousands of soldiers, policemen […]

Black Heritage Centre Update

In April 2012 we announced with great sadness that the contractor (Kilby and Gayford) we had appointed to convert Raleigh Hall on Windrush Square into the UK’s first Black heritage centre went into administration. Upon hearing the news BCA’s staff, trustees and numerous stakeholders have worked tirelessly to secure a replacement contractor, and it is hoped […]

Thank you!

We’ve been amazed by the response to the call for Oral History volunteers on the Staying Power: Photographs of Black Britain 1950s-1990s. Thank you to everyone who applied. Over the next couple of months the volunteers will be trained in oral history interviews skills and transcriptions. Much excited it tried expensive in Value absolutely the […]

William Davidson – Cato Street Conspiracy

On 5th November many families will be enjoying firework displays and lighting bonfires in memory of Guy Fawkes’ failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in Davidson[/caption] Born in 1781, William Davidson was the son of the Jamaican Attorney General and an hopewell pharmacy enslaved Black woman. At the age of 14 he […]

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Director’s Letter – 25 Years of Black History Month

This year we have the pleasure of celebrating 25 years of Black History month in Britain. As we reflect on this focal point for Black presence, it is important to take a moment to consider that Black History Month is the promotion of the experiences and achievements of Black men and women throughout history. Black […]

Director’s Letter – 25 Years of Black History Month

This year we have the pleasure of celebrating 25 years of Black History month in Britain. As we reflect on this focal point for Black presence, it is important to take a moment to consider that Black History Month is the promotion of the experiences and achievements of Black men and women throughout history. Black […]

Caribbean Through a Lens

Caribbean through a lens’ is an exciting 18-month community collaboration project, co-produced by The National Archives in Richmond, about a set of incredible early photographs from the 1860s – images that span nearly 100 years of Caribbean colonial history. These have been taken from a broader photographic collection of Foreign and Commonwealth Office images. As […]

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25 Years of Black History Month

Since 1926, Black History Month (BHM) events have been celebrated in the USA during the month of February. In the UK, the origins of BHM are widely attributed to Akyaaba Addai Sebbo. Akyaaba worked at the Greater BHM continues to promote Black History and education through nationwide events in October. First published in September 2012 […]

Spotlight: The World’s basketball Festival held in London

This Olympic summer – Brixton’s iconic cultural roots will bear fruit again – with BCA at the heart of it. On Saturday 30th June the World Basketball Festival will be held on Brixton’s core, Windrush Square home to Raleigh Hall where the new BCA

Spotlight: The World's basketball Festival held in London

This Olympic summer – Brixton’s iconic cultural roots will bear fruit again – with BCA at the heart of it. On Saturday 30th June the World Basketball Festival will be held on Brixton’s core, Windrush Square home to Raleigh Hall where the new BCA