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Brighton’s hidden Black and Asian history

Brighton’s hidden Black and Asian history
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  • On October 3, 2015

It’s Black History Month here in the UK, a vitally important, and really truly interesting event in our calendar. We at bjournal wanted to tell you a bit about the things going on in the coming weeks to commemorate such an important month in the calendar.

Brighton and Hove untold is a fantastic place to start when trying to understand black history in Brighton and Hove. Started by the members of Brighton and Hove Black History, they were inspired by the work of Bert Williams MBE, who organised walking tours of some of the most prominent places in Brighton’s hidden Black and Asian history. Brighton and Hove untold allows you to do a mobile tour of these places, using QR codes at each location. They also have a website where you can watch one of Bert’s walking tours and find out more about each location, as well as links to further information which is a brilliant way of discovering the rich history of the Black and Asian residents of Brighton and Hove. You can find out more about the walking tour and each location here.

Throughout the month Sussex University are holding events across Brighton and Hove from film screenings, lectures and finally a celebration event, all to commemorate Black History Month. The talks range from slavery to discussing class and gender as well as race, with films such as ‘Good Hair’ with comedian Chris Rock exploring the history of African-American hair, to films discussing white privilege. All events are free and would make for some very interesting viewing. They are scattered all across the city from the lecture theatres in Sussex University to the Shoreham Centre. The multicultural festival is on today at the Shoreham Centre all day, and you can find out more about that and the other events here

“The talks range from slavery to discussing class and gender as well as race, with films such as ‘Good Hair’ with comedian Chris Rock exploring the history of African-American hair, to films discussing white privilege. All events are free and would make for some very interesting viewing. They are scattered all across the city from the lecture theatres in Sussex University to the Shoreham Centre.”

As well as all these fantastic events, Three the Hard Way is coming to Brighton on the 17th of October. The name Three the Hard Way derived from Jamaican DJ culture where male DJ’s would travel around clubs and work together and respond to each other’s sets. This has been re-appropriated by three female artists from the midlands of completely different backgrounds. They have toured the country, inviting everyone to explore their experiences, ranging from personal to political and to celebrate diversity. This is following on from a workshop of which anyone can attend. You can find out more about the workshop and the show here, along with information about how to buy tickets.

So there are quite a few things going on in the coming weeks in commemoration of such an important month in our calendar. To find out more information about Black History Month, as well as information about other events going on across the country, head to the website www.blackhistorymonth.org

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