Black History Month
Nottinghamshire 2019

What is Black History Month?
It began in the 1920's in the USA, where it is celebrated in February, initially as a Week.

It became a month long in the early 1970's and has now become an established part of the social calendar.

It was first celebrated in the UK in 1987 in London before spreading over the whole country. It is celebrated in the UK in October.

The aim is to celebrate the place of black people in our history.


Why is it important?
Black History Month is designed to counter the bias in our society in favour of white people and specifically towards the way that history is told from a white point of view. It is also intended to challenge the assumption that black people have not made a significant contribution to society.

Britain's first female black headteacher

Learie Constantine - fighting racism in the UK

First Black Woman MP

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Black History Month 2019: What is it?

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What's going on in Nottinghamshire

There are lots of things going off in Nottz to celebrate Black History Month. There will be cultural events, discussions, films, documentaries, lectures, workshop and a whole lot of fun.

Here are some of the highlights.

Ballet Black: Triple Bill featuring Ingoma Tuesday 15 October, 7.30pm

Nottingham Playhouse Wellington Circus Nottingham, NG1 5AF

Celebrating their eighteenth year, there’s always excitement when Ballet Black take to the stage. Their popular programme contrasts dramatic and inventive storytelling in a lively showcase of modern ballets, returning for their second year at Nottingham Playhouse.

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19 October 2019, 12pm - 1.30pm

New Art Exchange

With a collective understanding that Blackness is not a fixed notion and is experienced differently by members of the black community; join us for an open conversation that focuses on intersectionality, commonplace and everyday existence.

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Black Men Walking 2019

Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 October 2019, 7.30pm

Nottingham Playhouse Wellington Circus Nottingham, NG1 5AF

Maybe they should have cancelled, but they needed the walk today. Out in the Peaks, they find themselves forced to walk backwards through two thousand years before they can move forwards.

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Getting the Third Degree By Dougie Blaxland

Wednesday 23 October 2019, 7.30pm

Nottingham Playhouse Wellington Circus Nottingham, NG1 5AF

This compelling new drama tells the powerful and deeply moving story of Laurie Cunningham who came to prominence with West Bromwich Albion in the late 1970’s. The first of the black footballing trio famously dubbed ‘The Three Degrees’ – Laurie Cunningham, with his swaggering style and dazzling skills forced favourable comparisons with the legendary Pele.

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26 October 2019, 1pm - 4pm

New Art Exchange

Facilitator Mellonie Page leads a contemporary dance workshop with performing arts. Through dance, devising, debate and performance set to Solange Knowles' song, Don't Touch My Hair, this workshop explores the topic of 'hair petting', the touching of black or mixed raced people's hair without their permission.

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