In this special event to mark Black History Month, Roger Griffith (author and Chair of Ujima Radio) takes us through his journeys to justice. He talks of his travels in America, where he discovered a shared heritage through slavery and identity from the civil rights struggle. Highlights include seeing the inauguration of Barack Obama and visiting the scene of the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King. Griffith connects this personal story to the Caribbean and the Windrush generation that brought him to Bristol. He will also give insights on current race issues, readings from his book My American Odyssey: From the Windrush to the WhiteHouse and a brand new poem.
Following the talk there will be a special screening of:
Britain on Film: Black Britain
Striking, illuminating and sometimes surprising images of black culture, community and characters are uncovered in these richly varied short films, the third programme from Britain on Film on Tour. Explore the vital history of black Britain in these incredibly rare depictions of black British life on screen between 1901 and 1985. Watch miners in the collieries of Edwardian Lancashire and Yorkshire; and soldiers from across the Empire joining the services to fight for King and 'mother country' in World War I.
See rare colour footage of multi-racial Cardiff in 1957, a Nigerian wedding in Cornwall in 1964 and touching interviews with black school-leavers in 1965. Witness growing racial tensions, communities in search of their roots and partying on the streets of Notting Hill during Carnival. Revealing new voices from across a century of vast and turbulent social change in the UK, Britain on Film: Black Britain offers audiences the chance to explore stories of migration, community and the struggle against inequality - and an opportunity to celebrate vivid black British life and culture on screen.