3.30-5.30pm Look How Far We’ve Come Community Talk Film & Workshop
The Look… Community Talk event consists of the screening of the ‘Look How Far We’ve Come: Commentaries On British Society And Racism’ vox pops documentary with contributions by people with diverse backgrounds, ranging from academics, politicians, lawyers, nurses, to equality and community activists, including the likes of Prof Paul Gilroy, Prof Gus John, Lord Herman Ouseley, Lord Anthony Lester, Lord Taylor, David Lammy MP, Diane Abbott MP, Tony Benn, Ken Livingstone, Dawn Butler, Marc Wadsworth, Waveney Bushell, Eulett Roberts, Henry Bonsu, Lee Jasper, Toyin Agbetu and Zita Holbourne opine on how far Britain has come in dealing with racism and race equality issues. Followed by ‘How Does Racism Manifest Itself In Croydon?’ workshop covering Council, Police, Health Service, Education and Employment. To purchase ‘Look How Far We’ve Come: The Race/Racism Primer’: http://bit.ly/TX2eRN.
5.30-6.15pm British Black Music: Garveyite-inspired Songs Records
BBM Sound System ploughs through a number of conscious records from the British black music canon that have Garveyite themes, but are by no means all roots reggae tracks! Sing-a-long is encouraged!!
6.15-7pm Look How Far We’ve Come Community Talk Feedback Presentation
Rapporteur Sean Creighton provides overview from workshop and notes participant feedback. A full report will be published on local blogs and also feed into local initiatives
7.00-8.30pm Do You Know Croydonites Samuel Coleridge-Taylor & Neil ‘Mad Professor’ Fraser + John Archer? Film, Presentations & Q&A
History consultant Kwaku leads on these mini biographies which highlight African British classical composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor‘s Croydon connections; reveal the work of record producer Neil ‘Mad Professor’ Fraser, who has run a successful music business in Croydon for over 30 years; plus a focus on the life of John Archer as a race-man and pan-Africanist, whilst historian Sean Creighton focuses on the politics, and how he dealt with the outbreak of World War I as the 1913/1914 Battersea Mayor.
8.30-9.30pm Bob Marley Songs Of Love, Sufferation, Redemption & Emancipation Live Music
The evening rounds off with Pauline Thomas & Band performing songs from the Bob Marley songbook which speak to themes dealt with by pan-African icon Marcus Garvey as a way of marking the centenary of the founding of Garvey’s UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association).