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23 November 2016 by Mitty

exploring Liverpool's Black history at a Sankofa event

I’ve been given a really exciting opportunity work on the Sankofa project, which aims to support Black communities in Liverpool with looking after their precious objects and materials and hopefully making this material more accessible.

This task, as well as being incredibly exciting, is also quite daunting. Many of you might already be aware that Liverpool has the oldest Black community in Europe but what evidence is there of this? And what information do we have about more recent migrations of people of the African diaspora to Liverpool? Read more…

Hot off the Press: Black Panther Newspapers arrive at the International Slavery Museum

31 October 2016 by Sarah

One of the newspaper issues.

One of the Black Panther Intercommunal News Service newspaper issues. Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool

October is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party and Black History Month in the UK. So, what better time to announce our acquisition of twenty one copies of the ‘Black Panther Intercommunal News Service’ than today?  Read more…

Spotlight on: Slavery Remembrance Day

27 October 2016 by Sarah

The Libation ceremony

The Libation ceremony

National Museums Liverpool is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and we are also in Black History Month for the UK.

So in today’s blog, we’re taking a special look at Slavery Remembrance Day, which falls on 23 August. Read more…

Jon Daniel’s supa family reunions

25 October 2016 by Sarah

Barbados family reunion, on board the Jolly Roger. Courtesy of Jon Daniel.

Barbados family reunion, on board the Jolly Roger. That’s Jon, on the right! Courtesy of Jon Daniel.

Jon Daniel, whose collection features in our Afro Supa Hero exhibition, blogs about his earliest memories of family reunions and Bajan heritage for Black History Month, and ahead of the 50th anniversary of independence for Barbados on 30 November. He introduces a very special author too – his Aunty Jean. Jon says: Read more…

Photos from Slavery Remembrance Day 2016

21 October 2016 by Sarah

Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum and Akala on the steps of the Dr Martin Luther King, Jr building.

Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum and Akala on the steps of the Dr Martin Luther King, Jr building. Courtesy of Dave Jones Photography

Almost 9,000 of you visited the International Slavery Museum, part of National Museums Liverpool, in the week of Slavery Remembrance Day this year. Read more…

Anti-Slavery Day and the #JustTell10 Campaign

17 October 2016 by Sarah

Courtesy of Dalit Freedom Network

Courtesy of Dalit Freedom Network

Ahead of Anti-Slavery Day (18 October), author David Skivington tells us in the blog why he’s using his new novel, ‘Blessed, Bound and Broken’ and the #JustTell10 campaign, to raise awareness of the Jogini system in which Dalit women and girls are forced into ritual sex slavery today, in modern India. This is explored in our current exhibition, Broken Lives,  in partnership with the Dalit Freedom Network. David writes: Read more…

“Unbought and unbossed” – Shirley Chisholm for President.

12 October 2016 by Sarah

Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas-ed. Sam Durant. Rizzoli, 2007.

Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas. Ed. Sam Durant. Rizzoli, 2007.

Today’s blog by Dyana Saad is about Shirley Chisholm, the first African American and first woman to run for presidency. She was endorsed by the Black Panther Party. But not many people know of her. During October, which is both Black History Month and marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party, we share her history. Read more…

Black Tommies: British Soldiers of African Descent in the First World War

3 October 2016 by Sarah

black-tommies-blog-size-imageOn Friday 7th October at 2pm, Dr Ray Costello will be giving a talk at the Anthony Walker Education Centre at the International Slavery Museum, focusing on his recently published book, ‘Black Tommies: British Soldiers of African Descent in the First World War’. Ray tells us more ahead of the free talk, part of our Black History Month event series, which we hope you can join:

“This is the first book dedicated to the part played by Black soldiers in the British regular army, rather than colonial units, during the First World War.

“This forgotten group of participants in the First World War are those Black Britons, already resident in the British Isles at the outbreak of hostilities, who enlisted to fight for King and Country. Not least were the locally born Black communities in Britain’s docklands districts, of several generations’ standing in some cases, also answering the nation’s need.

“Members of the Liverpool Black community, the oldest in Europe in terms of continuous presence, are able to trace their roots from the eighteenth century and have fought in all of Britain’s wars throughout the last two centuries. In this talk, the names of some of those who served will be recognised today in the modern Liverpool Black Community.

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“If Black British colonial troops have been long ignored by historians, the existence of any narrative around Black British soldiers enlisting in the United Kingdom is equally unknown, even in military circles. Although Black colonial overseas troops fighting for Britain are only now slipping into books and media, ‘under the radar’, so to speak, ‘home-grown’ and UK-domiciled Black soldiers are still largely unrecognised and deserve to be  more widely popularised”.

View all of our FREE Black History Month events throughout October

 

 

You don’t need anybody’s permission to be a great mathematician

30 September 2016 by Sarah

dr-nira-chamberlain

To open Black History Month, Dr Nira Chamberlain shares his presentation on the Black Heroes of Mathematics.

In this blog, he also shares his inspiring journey to become one of the UK’s top practising scientists today, despite a lack of visible Black role models and his careers teacher advising him to pursue boxing.

Read more…

Nichelle Nichols – an inspirational Afro Supa Hero

21 September 2016 by Sam

Star Trek action figure in original packaging

Lt Uhura figure, Star Trek. Courtesy of Jon Daniel. © Mego Toy Corporation and Paramount Pictures. 1974.

As the cult sci-fi series Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary this month it seems a fitting time to remember the ground-breaking nature of the original series and of one character in particular.

The show’s creator Gene Roddenberry brought together a diverse cast for the key roles to represent his dream of a future where all nations worked together in harmony for the good of the planet. The series might be set in space with a range of fantastical alien species but during the Cold War era it could have seemed just as unlikely to have the Russian officer Chekov working alongside his American colleagues on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.

However, the most influential character of the 1960s series was probably Lieutenant Uhura, played by Nichelle Nichols. Read more…



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