Leeds Celebrates Black History Month 2004

By Caroline Lewis | 01 October 2004
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photo shows a steel pan, or drum, shining brightly as player's hands are reflected in them

Steely pan - the roots of black culture will be clebrated all over Britain in October.

Each October, Britain marks Black History Month with events that recognise the contributions and sacrifices of black people. Leeds will be hosting several events to celebrate the cultural heritage of people of African and Caribbean descent who live in the city.

Getting off to a lively start on October 2, the RJC Dance Black History Event at the Mandela Centre will focus on black and ethnic minority cultures in Leeds’ Chapeltown and Hareshill areas. From 12.30 to 15.00, watch dance and film and get involved in audience discussion.

The Moving Here website contains a whopping 150,000 items on the subject of migration to England. From October 4 to 22, Leeds Library and Information Service will be holding learning sessions on accessing the site, and submitting stories and pictures recording personal experiences of moving and living here. Get in touch with your local library in the city to find out more details.

Shows a screenshot of the Moving Here website

Moving on... The Moving Here website is a great resource for anyone researching black migration to the UK.

On October 18, Professor Walvin from York University will give a speech on transatlantic slavery and local heritage. A Shared History is a free event at Leeds Metropolitan University, starting 18.00.

Various events are going on at the Leeds West Indian Centre, including a social and educational event on October 10, with presentations, singing and workshops. A Celebration of Steel Pan will take place at the same venue on October 31, with storytelling and a performance by the Ebony Youth Steel Orchestra.

For more details of what's going on in Leeds for Black History Month, visit the website.

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