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Black History Month marks 70 years of Windrush generation

PUBLISHED: 13:34 03 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:29 03 October 2018

Norfolk Black History Month launch at Norwich City Hall, L-R Abraham Eshetu, Norfolk Black History Month Committee, Councillor Martin Schmierer Lord Mayor of Norwich, Danny Keen, Chair Norfolk Black History Month, and guest speaker Lord John Bird, founder of the Big Issue

Norfolk Black History Month launch at Norwich City Hall, L-R Abraham Eshetu, Norfolk Black History Month Committee, Councillor Martin Schmierer Lord Mayor of Norwich, Danny Keen, Chair Norfolk Black History Month, and guest speaker Lord John Bird, founder of the Big Issue

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Norfolk Black History Month returns throughout October with a busy programme of art, music, film, talks and history events celebrating 70 years of the Windrush generation.

Glenda Forde and Danny Keen with Mary Seacole portraitGlenda Forde and Danny Keen with Mary Seacole portrait

Danny Keen, Norfolk Black History Month Chair, said: “Coincidentally, it turned out to also be the year that a British Prime Minister had to apologise for the dreadful mistreatment of black British citizens by successive governments.

“I am Jamaican and fortunately for me in the early 1970s, I became aware of the Government’s announcement that Caribbean people living in the UK needed to become naturalised, as we were joining the Common Market.

“Despite the injustice meted out to Caribbean immigrants, we won’t let the Government spoil the party.

“We are going to dance to Salsa and groove to Jamaican Jazz during Norfolk Black History Month - there’s lots to celebrate!

“We invite everyone to enjoy and explore the joyous impact of black culture on British society.

“This year we have two major historical landmarks,” Mr Keen added.

Cuban SalsaCuban Salsa

“The centenaries of the end of World War I and the centenary of women being able to vote.

“In World War I, many black people volunteered to fight for King and Empire.

“As a Norfolk resident, I am proud that two sons of Thetford, both of whom had grandmothers who were African slaves, served with outstanding gallantry.

“Major Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, and Captain Noel Glaysier Minns MC, DSO, MD served during World War I when the military rule book banned black or coloured people from becoming officers.

“During World War I Princess Sofia Duleep Singh opened a hospital and tended to wounded soldiers herself, she was also a prominent suffragette, and went to India to promote the rights of her people.”

Dancing Over The Dune by Nancy PatersonDancing Over The Dune by Nancy Paterson

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Norfolk Black History Month Highlights

October 1 to 31, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, Ancient House Museum, Thetford, IP24 1AA: Discover the stories of Thetford’s black World War I heroes Major Prince Frederick Duleep Singh and Captain Noel Glaysier Minns and the work of Suffragette Princess Sofia Duleep Singh.

October 9 to 31, Norwich Millennium Library (ground floor), NR2 1AW: Windrush and the American Civil Rights Movement – Danny Keen art exhibition. A selection of work that Danny Keen created in the 1960s in response to the American Civil Rights Movement.

Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, right, with the Loyal Suffolk Yeomanry in Bury St Edmunds in 1901 Credit: Ancient House MuseumPrince Frederick Duleep Singh, right, with the Loyal Suffolk Yeomanry in Bury St Edmunds in 1901 Credit: Ancient House Museum

October 10, Stage 2, Theatre Royal, Norwich, NR2 1RL, 7.30pm: Britain on Film, Black Britain, featuring film from 1901 to 1985. Free event, but tickets must be booked in advance.

October 14, The Hub Cafe Bar, Sheringham Little Theatre, NR26 8RE, 7.30pm to 10pm, ticket £10: Jazz & The Windrush – a salute to the music of the 1940s with Vic Brown & The Band

October 16, Norwich Millennium Library, NR2 1AW, 7pm to 9pm: Caribbean Voices: celebrating a century of Caribbean women’s writing, hosted by Dr Claire Hynes, UEA.

October 18, Revolution De Cuba, Norwich, NR2 4TL, 9pm to 1am: Jose Ferrera & his Cubanda, Salsa Extravaganza.

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October 24, Sheringham Library, NR26 8EB, 11am to 12pm and Cromer Library, NR27 9HS, 2pm to 3pm: African Drumming with Millicent Chapanda. Workshop costs £3 per person. Book via Sheringham Library, t 01263 822874.

October 25, Horsford Cricket Club, NR10 3AQ, 7pm, ticket £5: An evening with former England cricketer, Devon Malcolm with Jamaican buffet dinner. Please book in advance, email rob.kelly@live.co.uk.

October 28, Norwich War Memorial, NR2 1NH, 11am: Commemorating the black volunteers of World War I.

October 28, The Cafe Bar, St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2PG, 1pm to 3pm, ticket £6: Jazz & The Windrush – a salute to the music of the 1940s with Vic Brown & The Band.

November 3, St Michael Church, Coslany, Norwich, 5pm to 9pm: Pablo Fanque Norfolk’s Black Legend, celebrating 250 years of the circus, an evening of entertainment for all the family. T 01603 568364 for tickets.

For the full programme of events visit the Norfolk Black History Month website.

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