Black Organising in the UK: Caribbean Homes, Black Joy and Resistance

28 Apr
7:00 pm

About this Event

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Since their first arrival in the UK in 1969, Guyanese-born activists and publishers Jessica and Eric Huntley worked tirelessly to create spaces of Black resistance. Their archive shows what life was like for Black communities in the 1960s, and also the ways in which the Huntleys trail blazed home-based sites of Black joy through music, culture, art, community organising and religion.

This event brings together today’s cultural trailblazers to explore the often untold legacy of Black Homes as akin to community centres in the UK. The panel will explore the Caribbean home in the UK as a community museum, and look at ancestral links to the African continent, reflecting on the continuation of the collective community tradition and the oral storytelling tradition. Participants will listen to newly digitised audio archives of the Huntleys and their publishing house Bogle-L’Ouverture, to consider Black-centered and decolonised cultural production in the arts and literary scene.

Three guest curators unpack these archives, bringing together high-profile public figures including academic Kehinde Andrews, online influencer Mikai McDermott and dub poet Mutabaruka, to listen to extracts from the audio archives and relate them to the pressing issues of the day. Themes include exclusion of Black students in education, Black organising in the UK, and decolonising language.

Please note this is a live event and it won’t be subtitled as standard. If you wish to attend and have an accessibility requirement then please do email in advance.

This event is the second in a series of three online educational events by the London Metropolitan Archives Radical Voices: Yesterday - Today. Delving into the sound archives of Guyanese-born activists and publishers Jessica & Eric Huntley. London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) holds the documents of Jessica and Eric Huntley, radical book publishers and pioneering Black political activists, prolifically involved with the British African - Caribbean community's experience. Audio from these archives has been recently digitised by the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH) project at LMA.

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