As part of its Black History month celebration, the Department of Politics and International Relations and the ‘Third World Movement’ invites you to an event to discuss how the histories of black peoples have been written, written over, written out and not written.
Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story (African proverb - it refers to the the struggle between the lion and the hunter where the hunter is glorified and the lion is humiliated or not fairly represented because the lion has no voice).
The speakers will discuss topics including the pre-colonial African History, tackling a widespread misconception that African history began only with European intervention and onslaught of slavery. We will also look at race in more contemporary society, racism in the workplace and what it means to be black and British.
Dr Dibyesh Anand, the Head of the Department will open the event, set the context and invite the two keynote speakers.
Dr Reuben Loffman, Lecturer of African history at Queen Mary will talk about pre-colonial history of Africa and its present day significance. He will be followed by Connie St Louis, an award-winning journalist and writer, and a senior lecturer in journalism at City University, who will focus on the notion of race in contemporary society.
The discussions will be followed by poetry, music and entertainment from an array of talented performers. We look forward to seeing you there.