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Season 5 - Black History Conversations       January - April 2022


Black History Conversations have provided over 50 opportunities to explore stories and various aspects of Black History and thanks to everyone who has had the time to take an interest in these sessions.   Special thanks to:

Simon Ferrigno,
who is based in Nottingham; David Alston from the Highlands of Scotland; Professor Sir Geoff Palmer from Edinburgh;  Marcia Dunkley from Wolverhampton; Dr Jim Thakoordin from Luton; Prof Sati Fwatshak from Jos University in Nigeria; Dr Bunmi Oyinsan, who is Nigerian and based in Canada presently - producer of the Sankofa Pan African Series and now a children’s website;  Vivian Crawford, Director of the Institute of Jamaica; Bernard Jankee, Director of the Jamaica Memory Bank; Lisa Y Gabbert from Austin, Texas; and colleagues from Wales: Caroline Sansome, Helen Papworth, Dr Sibani Roy; and so many others who have joined us - both presenting and participating.


Friday 8th April

Here is the link to the recording: https://youtu.be/JJxlyupu0N0


Friday 1st April 

The recording is here:  https://youtu.be/JJxlyupu0N0


Friday 25th March 

Click to watch the recording here


Fri 18th March

Check below for the session recording: 



Friday 11th March 

We welcomed back Dr Richard Anderson to talk about research he has been doing into the testimonies of slavery in missionary sources. 



Friday 4th March 2022

This session following the ‘Unlocking our History’ theme,  provided a chance for others to update their stores and start to develop guidance about the range of areas for local Black History local research - using some great examples of work that we can learn from.

Here is the recording https://youtu.be/wsozovxeYTM



Friday 25th February 2022

This session was part of the ‘Unlocking Black History’ thread that we are currently following - finding out about what is happening to explore and share Black History in local areas or UK counties and cities.

Prof Sati Fwatshak joined us to tell us about a much needed project that he is now working on to collect the many different stories of the local histories of the peoples of Plateau State in Nigeria.   

"History was removed from the Nigerian school curriculum in 2009 – supposedly because students avoided the subject, graduates didn't have job prospects and teachers were scarce. But Nigerians weren't happy with the decision and it has now been reversed.” Ayodeji Olukoju: Distinguished Professor of History and Strategic Studies, University of Lagos in the Conversation:  


Lucy MacKeith told us about her research into 'Local Black History, a beginning in Devon'   http://www.tellingourstoriesexeter.org.uk/   with the brilliant use of a timeline “Telling our stories, finding our roots - Exeter Multicultural History”

Sima Ramkalowan showcased her work for NWREN https://www.flintshireandtheslavetrade.org/

Artist Mfikela Jean Samuel brought us up to date with his latest work and projects in Africa https://mfikelajeansamuel.org/ 

and Artist Carol Sorhaindo joined us from Dominica and she will be sharing her work in a future session

It was an excellent session and many thanks to all involved. The presentations generated great conversations.

The recording is here: https://youtu.be/zo-LCWaf8Fs


The next session is on Friday 18th February 

Click here for the session recording https://youtu.be/ZXLtS7UdHqI


Friday 11th February 



Friday 4th February 2022

Edinburgh Review PowerPoint: Click here


Friday 28th January 2022

Click here for the link to the recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOg4j2LJsX0


Friday 21st January 2022

Independent researcher Ian McCracken joined us to share his research into Glasgow's Black History.

Here is the recording: https://youtu.be/Boyy5VjR42I

and here is a PowerPoint of the links: Click Here


Friday 14th January 2022

The session recording is here  - apologies the introduction to Rachel Lang seems to be missing.

Rachel Lang is the administrator and researcher of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership. Rachel was administrator and researcher on both the first and second projects, the Structure and Significance of British Caribbean Slave-ownership 1763-1833 project (2013-2015) and co-founder of the original Legacies of British Slave-ownership project (2009-2012). She graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA (Hons) in Economic and Social History in 1994.


Click for the link to the recording https://youtu.be/AgrHXB1_URU

The link to Dr Adam Coward's Blog 'Some thought's on Welsh Wool and Slavery - what does it all mean?' 

https://ramblesandstudies.wordpress.com/2019/06/16/some-thoughts-on-wales-wool-and-slavery-and-what-it-all-means/  This blog post includes lots of interesting links. 



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