In Conversation 100 Great Black Britons
Past event archive
31 October 2013, 19:00-20:00
- Late Shift
Mary Jane Seacole (née Grant)
by Albert Charles Challen
The success of Barak Obama, the first US president of African descent, has raised the aspirations of Black people in Britain, catalysing a debate on past, current and future achievements. Earlier this year, a petition with over 36,000 supporters, including high profile personalities, helped retain Great Black Britons Mary Seacole and Olaudah Equiano on the National Curriculum. What are the issues, challenges and impact of black achievement in Britain today? And who should we be calling Great?
Patrice Lawrence (Every Generation Media) will chair a debate on black achievement and British identity with Rev Rose Hudson–Wilkin, The House of Commons Speaker's Chaplain, Elizabeth Pears, News Editor, The Voice newspaper, Dean Atta, writer and poet and Patrick Vernon OBE, Founder of 100 Great Black Britons.
To celebrate the re-launch, DJs Dave VJ and Lindsay Wesker, authors of the groundbreaking book on underground music and black radio, Masters of the Airwaves, will be playing ‘80s and ‘90s music from 6pm to 9pm in the Gallery’s Main Hall.
Nominations for the new list of 100 Great Black Britons will start in 2014, For more information, please visit www.everygeneration.co.uk