Grassroots Community Meeting 5 Includes Rare Screening Of ‘Blacks Britannica’
Sunday, 22 March 2015, 2-5pm
To book: http://bit.ly/1wJA6UT
This fifth Grassroots Community Meeting is to discuss what gains Black (African & Asian) people have made within British society viz a viz race and class, 50 years after their struggles and activism along with support from progressive factions led to the enactment of the 1965 Race Relations Act (RRA), the bedrock of all the subsequent equality legislations.
The event, which takes place the day after UN Anti-Racism Day (officially International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) marks the the 50th anniversary of the 1965 RRA and the first anniversary of the death of film-maker David Koff, whose rarely seen documentary, ‘Blacks Britannica’, precedes the discussions.
The 1978 documentary became a cause célèbre when following a court case, the original US commissioning public broadcaster was allowed to air a re-edited version after refusing to broadcast Koff’s uncompromising cut, whilst no UK broadcaster would broadcast a film British politicians protested in and out of Parliament gave a “horrific view of racism” and Black immigration and integration in Britain. Contributors include Steel Pulse, and you can see contributions by Colin Prescod, Claudia Jones, A. Sivanandan, and Darcus Howe here or below.
The not-to-be-missed screening is followed by a discussion with a panel including community activist and TUSC parliamentary candidate Nana Asante, ‘Blacks Britannica’ researcher Margaret Henry, former Steel Pulse member Mykaell Riley.
Come and add your views to the discussion!
It is an opportunity to meet, discuss and set actions to help transform our communities.
Be part of the solution.
Light refreshments provided.
Limited space – please pre-book via Eventbrite.
Organised by Nana Asante/The A-Connexion, in association with TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question) and BBM/BMC (BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress)
(Harrow & Wealdstone stn/stop buses 140, 182, 186, 340)