Mary Seacole

Crimean war veteran nurse and original lady of the lamp Mary Seacole’s reputation after the Crimean War (1853-1856) rivalled Florence Nightingale’s. Unlike Nightingale, Seacole also had the challenge to have her skills put to proper use in spite of her being black. A born healer and a woman of driving energy, she overcame official indifference …

Film Night in London – Sisters in Law

African Film and Meditation Evening You are warmly invited to attend this free introductory meditation event for the African Caribbean community. This is an excellent opportunity to learn one of the meditation practices we offer, for calming and focusing your mind and opening your heart. Beginners are welcome, as are those with more experience who …

London Schools and the Black Child Education Conference

London Schools and the Black Child is the major education conference concerned with closing the achievement gap in London for African-Caribbean heritage children. The 2007 conference will reflect on the major achievements so far and identify strategies to address the challenges that remain. Date: Saturday 8 December 2007Time: 9am to 5.30pmLocation: The Queen Elizabeth II …

She’s the most powerful black woman in the world. Why can’t I stand the sight of her? by Candance Allen – An African American Living in London

Candace Allen has spent her whole life cheering on fellow African-Americans who have battled their way to the top. Yet the extraordinary career of Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, fills her only with revulsion and anger. Here she explains why: Wednesday December 5, 2007The Guardian I am African-American. We are a sentimental people …

Summer Diversity Internship Programme 2008

Graduating is much more than having a degree. Developing your talents and skills through a varied and challenging training programme will give you excellent future career prospects. On the Summer Diversity Internship Programme, you will join a central government department for six to eight weeks; you???ll get a real insight into the wide ranging opportunities …

Novlette Rennie-The UK’s first black female Chief Executive in the sports sector

Novlette Rennie was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. The UK’s first black female Chief Executive in the sports sector, this award recognises Novlette???s contribution both to the world of sport and to race equality in general. Involved with sport for over 30 years, both professionally and personally, in a variety …

Claudia Jones – Founder of the 1st Black Weekly Newspaper in Britain

Claudia Jones was born in Trinidad, a British colony. Her family moved to Harlem, New York, where, from age 9 she lived in conditions of extreme poverty. When Claudia was 12 her mother, a garment worker, died of exhaustion and poverty. ‘I couldn’t attend graduation classes because I didn’t have a dress. Our family was …

Black Students in the UK Excel From Corporate Mentoring

For Immediate Release BLACK STUDENTS EXCEL FROM CORPORATE MENTORING The ACDiversity mentoring programme has achieved an 87.50% GCSE pass rate for 2007; this is 27.50% above the Governments benchmark of 60%. In partnership with some of London???s leading institutions, the ???Mentoring and Enrichment Programme??? was created for the black youth to support their development and …

England’s 1st Black Queen – Queen Phillipa of Hainault 1314-1369

Michael Packe in his book King Edward III gives a delightful description of King Edward III and Queen Phillipa’s first meeting: “He spied on the unwitting sisters, and pounced on the youngest of them, Philippa by name’, at the time eight years old and nearest in age to Edward, who was nearly seven years. He …

A Look At Brenda King-Speaker at the 1st Black European Women’s Congress in Vienna

Hopefully you watched the video of Brenda King’s opening remarks at the 1st Black European Women’s Congress last week in Vienna. Brenda emphasised that when she was invited to attend the Congress she made sure that she wrote her abstract personally. Now I want to give you a look at her role in Brussels on …

Uncomfortable Truths-the shadow of slave trading on art & design-200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

2007 marks the bi-centenary of the parliamentary abolition of the slave trade. It is a landmark year, not just in British history but in human history, signalling the end of 400 years of slavery. To commemorate this the V&A is running a number of activities throughout the year. 1. A series of contemporary works in …

Michelle Obama in London update for non-US residents

Amendment to the rule on non-US guests: At all price levels they are able to attend if the contributions have come from the account of US passport holders. As admission to all events will be determined by the confirmation of payment email printout, the recommendation is that you and your guests arrive together or that …

Sites of Memory – 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

The English Heritage Organization has put together a tour in England related to the abolition of the slave trade. “When the stories behind our local streets and landmarks are told they can give us a glimpse into the history on our doorstep. The late 16th to early 19th centuries – the period of Britain’s most …

While you’re in London – Inhuman Traffic: The Business of the Slave Trade (more on the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade)

This small exhibition explores how the Transatlantic Slave Trade functioned. It covers more than 500 years, including the Parliamentary Abolition of the Slave Trade in 1807. It features resistance leaders including Toussaint l’Ouverture, Olaudah Equiano and Nanny of the Maroons, and their continuing legacy of the struggle to end enslavement. Admission freeUntil 6 April 2008Room …