Inspiring exhibitions and films exploring cultural heritage paved the way for Black History Month celebrations at Kensington and Chelsea College.
Six films are being showcased at the college in support of the national event, including Fire in Babylon – an uplifting documentary about the record-breaking triumphs of the 1980’s West Indies cricket team.
The daytime screenings are being held in the college throughout October. Five cultural trips are also being organised, including a visit to Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum and Willesden Green Library where students can hear members of the black community share their experiences of 1950’s London.
Students will also have the opportunity to visit the Natural History Museum for an exhibition about Slavery and its impact on the Modern World, as well as learn about Jamaican Plants and Remedies.
The adventurous agenda was organised by the college’s Youth Work Team, who were also responsible for a series of creative displays around the college highlighting iconic black personalities and profiling different countries that have black communities within it.
Elisabet Abeso, an Access to Law Student at the college, said:
The college has organised some really great events for Black History Month. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or not, it’s just fascinating to learn about different cultures. It’s also important to celebrate your roots because you should know where you come from.’
I found the displays around the college showing the different parts of the world that black communities have links to particularly interesting as I didn’t expect Iraq to be on the list! It’s good to discover something new!’
Date published: 11 October 2011