Black History Month at Leeds Met
While this national celebration is officially in October, Leeds Met's schedule of events runs into November.
The Film Society are showing the following in the Electric Press, meeting outside at 19:45:
16 October - Malcolm X
21 October - The Help
28 October - to be decided.
Professor Kevin Hylton will be appearing at Hackney Picture House, 17 October, alongside Olympic and World Champion Christine Ohuruogu and other celebs from sport in a 'Great Sports Debate' sponsored by Hackney Council's Leisure and Culture Department and organised by WordsofColour.
On Friday 18 October, pioneering Jamaican poet, novelist and essayist Kei Miller will host an evening of Caribbean poetry and thought from 6-8pm in the 437 Rose Bowl, at the University's City Campus.
Kei will be answering questions about his life and work as well as reading from his latest collection of poetry 'A Light Song of Light'.
At the same venue on Thursday 24 October between 6.30pm-8.30pm, veteran socialist educationalist and anti-racist activist Chris Searle will launch 'Footprints', his new edited collection of the early pioneering Black-British poetry of Barbadian Peter Blackman (1909-93).
In addition this event, which is free and open to the public, will see Leeds Met Historian Christian Høgsbjerg reveal the long-lost anti-imperialist play written by the Trinidadian C.L.R. James (1901-89), 'Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History'. James's play, newly edited by Christian, was last performed in London in 1936 with the American star of the stage and screen Paul Robeson in the title role, the first time black professional actors appeared on the British stage in a play by a black playwright.
Leeds Met Islamic Society present The Life of Bilal (AS) presented by Guest speaker Qari Imam Asim (MBE)
22 October, 18:30, Lecture Theatre 2, Woodhouse, City Campus, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On Wednesday 30 October, Black and Minority Ethnic Staff Development will be held for Leeds Met staff in the Rose Bowl, Room 231 from 12:00-13:00.
Our University is committed to understanding and addressing any potential barriers to the development and progression of black and minority ethnic staff and staff are invited to informally discuss and debate whether there are any barriers to development and progression, and what more we could do as a University to support colleagues.
A discussion will be hosted Professor of Equality and Diversity in Sport, Leisure and Education, Kevin Hylton. Lunch will be provided and places must be booked by emailing Amie Harrison at email@example.com.
On Wednesday 6 November, Professor Hylton will also be hosting his inaugural lecture, entitled: 'What is critical race theory and what is it doing in a nice field like sport and leisure?' It will run from 6pm in the James Graham Hall at Headingley Campus.
In this lecture, Professor Hylton will draw on his ground-breaking work on Critical Race Theory, exploring its relevance to sport and leisure theory, policy and practice. As the first black Professor in more than 75 years of Carnegie Faculty history, Kevin brings a voice to the sociology of sport and leisure that reflects an intimate engagement with, and commitment to challenge, the endemic issues that mark race relations in the UK.
On Friday 22 November a book launch event with Curdella Forbes and Desiree Reynolds and hosted by Peepal Tree Press will be held from 6.30pm-8pm in the Rose Bowl Room 437.
Curdella is a critically acclaimed Jamaican author of several novels, short stories and award-winning scholarly work. Currently Professor of Caribbean Literature at Howard University, she will be launching her latest novel 'Ghosts', which is written in English and lyrical Jamaican Creole, recounts the tragic consequences of a forbidden love affair and a family torn apart by injustice.
Desiree Reynolds will be launching 'Seduce', a first novel of full of twists and surprises. Told in the patois of Church Island and prose, Reynolds tackles issues of race, class, body and spirit and the eternal struggle between men and women.