The Poets Corner Frank Ocean Tribute

Poetic Unity and Black Cultural Archives present The Poets Corner Frank Ocean Tribute An intimate night where Poetry meets the Soul Sensation Wednesday 29th November, 6.30pm-9.30pm Come down to hear your favourite Frank Ocean songs Thinking Bout You, Novacane, Seigfried, Pink + White, & Pyramids to name a few as we merge Frank Oceans Soul with Spoken Word! Line up: […]

The legacy of Notting Hill Carnival: #BCATwitterHour

    On Monday 21 August, we will reflect on the legacy of Notting Hill Carnvial and its origins of community spirit, celebration and tradition. Join us on Twitter @bcaheritage for a special #CarnivalLegacy Twitter Hour between 7pm and 8pm. Notting Hill Carnival is an expression of art and culture in Britain. Its legacy is sustained by black people, […]

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Feast in the Archive: 30th Anniversary of Black History Month

Feast in the Archive: 30th Anniversary of Black History Month Sunday 29 October, 2.00pm – 5.00pm Book online 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Black History Month. To commemorate the legacy and commitment to the teaching of Black history, Friends of Black Cultural Archives will host the second annual Feast in the Archives. Join us […]

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Ira Aldridge Blue plaque unveiling in Coventry

Many of you may be aware of Ira Aldridge the actor, most well known for playing the part of Othello during the 19th century.  Today though a blue plaque is being unveiled in Coventry in honour of Ira Aldridge, who became the first Black theatre manager of the former Coventry theatre in 1828. The Coventry […]

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BCA Youth Forum find gems at New Beacon Books

BCA Youth Forum headed down to New Beacon Books in North London N4 and discovered a treasure trove of literary gems. Read their blog about the trip….   “It was a warm Thursday afternoon and I had not eaten prior my departure for the train station but I did not care, for I was on my […]

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Tribute to Darcus Howe 

Image reproduced by kind permission of Nathaniel Bagot-Sealy Tribute Evening and Community Film Screening Sunday 9th April, 7.00pm-9.30pm Black Cultural Archives will host an outdoor tribute screening on Sunday 9th April 2017, in honour of campaigner for Black rights and leading anti-racist activist, Darcus Howe (1943-2017). We invite the community to come together to honour the work […]

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Derek Walcott

Today is World Poetry day.  As Derek Walcott, the St Lucian poet and playwright passed away last week, it seems only appropriate to re-print a small excerpt of one of his earlier poems.  This is taken from a book of collection of his poems that we have in our reference library under ref 821 WAL. […]

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Black Sound

A new exhibition tracing Black British music’s journey of creative independence. Opens 7 April until 4 November 2017. Black Sound tells the story of 100 years of musical creativity and DIY ingenuity. Overcoming the majority status quo of the music industry, Black British music has migrated from the margins to re-master the mainstream. This exhibition celebrates the pioneers that made it […]

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Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike of 1968: A Strategy of Nonviolent Resistance

Thursday 9 March, 1.00pm-2.00pm Join us for a lunchtime talk on the Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike of 1968.  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 […]