Tag Archives: black history

RESPECT. Film Partnership with Brewery Arts

BOOK TICKETS: 24th Sept 16:30 25th Sept 20:00 26th Sept 14:30 (26th Subtitled Screening) 30th Sept 20:00 Our latest film partnership with Brewery Arts is RESPECT. Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music […]

A 'Stop Racism' poster illustrating the difference between standard dolls and the offensive 'Gollywog' dolls

Are Gollywogs really so racist?

In the past few years there have been several stories circulating in the media about Gollywogs being sold in shops, and reports of Gollywogs being prized collectibles.  One article described the reactions of a couple in Yorkshire simply ‘looking to buy jam’ and instead coming across Gollywogs for sale in a shop. The couple where […]

Protesters march against racism in the police and in support of The Mangrove. Protesters carry flags and placards.

The Mangrove Nine

Author: Sarah Saunders When we think of the civil rights movement we tend to think of the US, hardly surprising when you consider we are predominately taught American examples of the Black struggle.  Most people have heard of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Martin Luther King and the Alabama Church bombing but many […]

The slave trade was hundreds of years ago, why does it matter to Britain today?

If you went to a British school, chances are you learned about the Industrial Revolution; the Spinning Jenny, James Watt and the industrialisation of our towns and cities like Manchester becoming Cottonopolis. You almost definitely won’t have learnt that James Watt once sold slaves as a trafficker. You may just recall being told that the […]

Black Hair, Pride and Prejudice

Black people, Black women in particular, have long been on an oppressive journey with their hair, having to deal with other people’s views on what is and is not acceptable. My own ‘locs’ have been called unprofessional, inappropriate, and unsuitable more times than I can count. I still wear them with pride.  For many hair […]

An Examination of Black British Fashion

Author: Chimwemwe Chirwa Anti Racist Cumbria examines elements of the history of black British fashion, from the black is beautiful movement to the first black supermodel and the present day. Until the advent of the Civil Rights Movement the fashion industry operated its own kind of apartheid, which entirely excluded non-white models from its magazines, […]

What is Black History Month?

Author: Janett Walker – Chair Anti Racist Cumbria. What exactly is Black History Month? In the UK the focus of Black History Month is to celebrate contributions made to British society by black people whilst also sharing the history of black people in order to encourage a greater understanding. Throughout the month of October, schools, […]