April in London-Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Events

Tuesday 17 April
The Dr. Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture Series – Setting the Scene: The Economic Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Time: 6pm – 9.30pm
Venue: City Hall, Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA
First lecture in the series introducing the Economic Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and re-launching the book Capitalism and Slavery.
Webcast: This event will be webcast. Links to webcasts are added shortly before transmission.

Thursday 19 April
Caribbean Voices on the Transatlantic Slave Trade – Transatlantic Slavery Seminar and Caribbean Book Fair
Time: 4.30pm – 10pm
Venue: London Metropolitan University, 116-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB
Admission: Free
This will be a rare opportunity to reflect on the intellectual and cultural legacies of the transatlantic slave trade from a Caribbean perspective. The seminar will feature the distinguished historian Dr. Hilary Beckles from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus, Barbados). For bookings, email: j.kingmalik@londonmet.ac.uk telephone: 020 7133 3035
Webcast: This event will be webcast. Links to webcasts are added shortly before transmission.

Taking Care of Business in France part 2 – Sandrine Joseph – Arts & Talents

Sandrine Joseph supports the arts in France:

En cr??ant @rts & Talents en 2000, j???ai r??alis?? un r??ve, celui de pouvoir r??unir deux domaines contemporains : les technologies du web et les cr??ations de mes amis artistes. Aujourd???hui la floraison de sites, de blogs, de portails artisitiques et culturels montre la force incroyable que peut d??gager l???union des arts plastiques et num??riques. Visit the Arts & Talents website today.

London and the slave trade


From the 1570s, African people were forcibly brought to London from the African continent. The London newspapers of the 17th and 18th centuries carried advertisements offering slaves for sale, whilst other newspaper advertisements attempted to find runaway slaves. There are also records of slaves being bought and sold on the London Stock Exchange. However, most British slaves were taken from Africa to the British colonies in the West Indies and at the start, slavery remained hidden from the general population. Read more about the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and London’s role now.

Source: Mayor Of London’s Office

Who is Wouter Van Bellingen?

Wouter Van Bellingen (Antwerpen,Belgium, 20 April 1972) is a Flemish politician for the political party Spirit. Before that, he was employed by the city of Sint-Niklaas as a civil servant working on youth and developing world issues.

Since January 2, 2007, Van Bellingen is an alderman in Sint-Niklaas, where he lives. As such, he became the first black alderman in Flanders. He is responsible for the city’s activities related to youths, parties, international projects, civilian affairs and the civil registry and some administrative functions.

Van Bellingen drew media attention in February 2007 when it was reported that 3 couples cancelled their wedding ceremony because they didn’t want to be wed by a black registrar. In response to the event, Van Bellingen decided to organise a multicultural wedding event on March 21, 2007, which is also the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 626 couples were symbolically married by Van Bellingen that day and this event was perceived as a strong anti-racism signal. Read all about the anti-racism event.

Van Bellingen was given up for adoption by his Rwandan mother. He grew up in Sint-Niklaas as the youngest son in a family with 4 adopted children. He is married and has 2 children. He was very active in the different sections of the youth councils in Flanders, and a scouting leader.

Source: Wikipedia