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Welcome - April 2022 Update

NB this is a working website
- this page is to help you find out more about Black History Conversations

With more than 60 fascinating Black History Conversations, we have created a great range of resources and now we are using the sessions as workshops that are free and open to join in, with presenters and discussions, as we develop 'Unlocking Black History' as a resource site with links and articles. 

First of all 'Welcome' from the team that started out with Black History Lunchtime Conversations as a new project in October 2020 as a response for Black History Month and Black Lives Matter, when we all felt the need to understand more about the stories and the truth about Black History, and to find out what others were doing. 

The Black History Friday Lunchtime Conversations were set up with support from researcher Simon Ferrigno from Belong Nottingham, a refugee led group who research local history and African links, 'Slaves and Highlanders' led by David Alston who has published a book of his research and Liz Millman from Learning Links International a community researcher focussing on Colonial History as our shared history.

Liz, Simon and David have been joined by a number of others during the past year as we develop our skills and our network. We are especially grateful for the support of Marcia Dunkley from Black Heritage Walks Network. 

The Zoom sessions are free, friendly and informal, covering a wide range of themes, giving academic and community researchers to share their findings.

Several themes are emerging - and we are following these up.

The Black History Book Club is an idea closely linked with this and we are encouraging local groups to get set up, with ideas and support from the authors invited to speak on Friday lunchtimes.

For example: Prof Chris Evans talk on his book 'Wales and Slavery' Click Here  provides a great introduction to Welsh connections to the Slave trade and Colonialisation. 

If you are interested in the History of Africa - a UNESCO Project created 20 episodes with the BBC - well worth watching on YouTube:  Click Here for Episode 1 or click here for the page on this site that lists and provides links for all 20 Episodes of the History of Africa 

We are exploring ways to better share the resources we are finding out about, and the resource of recordings we have created over the past year - check our progress at 'Unlocking Black History'

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