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Black History Celebration in Midlothian

A colourful celebration featuring talks, music, African dancing and food will take place at Dalkeith Arts Centre on Wednesday 29 October between 4pm and 7pm.

The evening will also feature a talk from Sir Geoff Palmer, Scotland’s first black professor, freeman of Midlothian, who is due to explore historical links between Scottish history and the history of Black people in the Caribbean.

There will also be live music from Ghana born Benny Tettech-Lartey, a BBC Scotland, award-winning musician from Loanhead.

The audience will have an opportunity to speak directly with both Sir Geoff and Benny to learn what Midlothian means to them.

Provost Joe Wallace is also due to attend, he said: “This is a fantastic project showcasing our diversity and multiculturalism in Midlothian. I’d urge everyone to come along and support us, while we celebrate and commemorate such a wonderful and important cause.” 

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Trip to David Livingstone Centre

The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights has organized a day trip to the David Livingstone Centre. The guided tour will take you through his life, giving you an insight into the character, and the adventures and achievements of the man who went from mill boy to Victorian hero.

Cost: £4.50 for adults and £2.50 for children, and free for members of the National Trust for Scotland

Free travel from Glasgow to the David Livingstone Centre will be provided.

Date: Wednesday 29th October 2014

Time: 11am - 3.30pm

Venue: David Livingstone Centre, 165 Station Road, Blantyre, G72 9BY

For more info: Contact Nadia, nadia@crer.org.uk, 0141 418 6530

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Comedy Night with Quincy

Stand-up, presenter, actor and compere, Quincy hosts his own live chat show, is a TV warm up (BBC’s Blouse and Skirts) and has presented on BBC1 Xtra and Klymaxx FM. His live comedy work includes weekends at The Comedy Store, regular weekends at Jongleurs and Jongleurs On The Road, and comedy clubs up and down the country and abroad, headlining and compering. He also tours in large-scale venues all over the UK and as a stand-up and in sketch shows including United Colours of Comedy at the Hackney Empire and Big Sister at The Oval Theatre, The Hackney Empire and Stratford East Theatre.

Winner of Black Entertainment Comedy Award 2005 “Big personality”

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Inspired by Black History Month?

Now Is the Time to start planning for Black History Month 2015.

The Heritage Lottery Fund can provide grants from £3,000 for projects that help people explore heritage. Heritage can be anything from the past that you want to pass to future generations. It could be researching long ago history, learning more about current traditions, uncovering community memories, or exploring the natural or built environment around you.

Come to a workshop to find out more about applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), hear from successful projects on how they did it and meet with HLF development staff to discuss ideas.

Date: Wednesday 22nd October 22,

Time: 1pm-3pm

Venue: The Coalition For Racial Equality and Rights 78 Carlton Place, Glasgow, G5 9TH

Bookings are essential.

Please email nadia@crer.org.uk or call on 0141 418 6530 and advise of any dietary or access requirements.

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Girls on Film

Glasgow Girls is a specially commissioned musical drama for BBC Three and BBC Scotland that tells the inspirational true story of a group of schoolgirls whose petition to save their friend from deportation inspired a movement which would eventually help change immigration practices in Scotland and garnering them the Scottish Campaign of the Year award in 2005.

Come and see the film and also have the chance to meet the real Glasgow Girls.

Date: Friday 24th of October 2014 at 6pm

There will be free refreshments provided.

Venue: Debates Chamber (Level 6), University of Strathclyde Students’ Association, 90 John Street, Glasgow G1 1JH

More info: Roza Salih, 0141 567 5028, ussa.vpda@strath.ac.uk

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From Home Front to Front Line: As Good as Any Man

Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Join author Roy Laycock as he introduces you to Arthur Roberts a Black WW1 Soldier who served with the Kings Own Scottish Borderers and fought at Passendaele.

“As Good As Any Man” tells his life story from the chance discovery in a Glasgow loft of his diaries, memoirs and memorabilia.

The diary entries – ranging from May 1917 to March 1918 – were written by Arthur Roberts while he served initially with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers before being transferred to Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1917. He details what life was like for him during the First World War, how he survived the Battle of Passchendaele, and how he escaped unscathed when a German shell killed a dozen men round him. Yet Arthur was an otherwise unknown man – what was the rest of his life like? 

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The Fierce Urgency of Now

There are times of crisis and injustice in human history when great incisive minds see clearly and speak with passionate clarity about the way forward. They capture the mood and will of the people at that time and give it an inspirational voice.

As part of Black History Month we are presenting some of the great speeches from the movement for equality and justice not just because they are important records of Black History's great struggle for self-determination, but because they continue to energise and galvanise today’s listener.
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CRER Debate: Should Scotland Apologise for its Role in Slavery?

Over recent years, the debate about Scotland’s involvement with slavery has gained momentum. Whether you agree or not, Scotland’s complicity in its slavery past is a topic that inspires fierce debate among academics, the public and the media.


For Black History Month 2014 CRER brings to you key speakers including award winning writer Chris Dolan and Professor Sir Geoff Palmer, to argue for and against the need for Scotland to apologise for its role in this vile trade.

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The Black Minstrelsy in Scotland

This interactive lunchtime event will discuss the black faced minstrel shows from America at a critical time in the battle for “hearts & minds” on the issue of slavery in the southern states of America – in the two decades prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. The great emancipation campaigner Frederick Douglass, then in Scotland, denounced the shows as rooted in racist bigotry.

The presentation will be delivered by Dr Eric Graham, Honorary Post-Doctoral Fellow, and Scottish Centre for the Diaspora, University of Edinburgh. Project consultant to the Structure & Significance of British Caribbean Slave ownership project (UCL) and author of Burns & the Sugar Plantocracy of Ayrshire.

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The Great Black Quiz Night 

Could you name the Black Football player who captained Scotland to a 6-1 victory over England?

Which famous Crimean War nurse said “I am a Creole, and have good Scots blood coursing through my veins. My father was a soldier of an old Scottish family.”

Which brave woman drew national attention to segregation in the American South when she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white person?

Who was the first Black politician to be elected to office in Scotland?

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Date: Wednesday 8 October 2014

Venue: Rutherglen Town Hall, 139 Main St, Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire G73 2JJ

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £6

Call our Box Office on 0141 613 5700 or visit us online at www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk 

WALTER TULL, the first black officer in the British Army is portrayed in powerful new play, touring this year in celebration of Black History Month.

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Black History Month is an opportunity to mark the struggles and successes of Black people in the past and present; issues which may have been forgotten about or are absent from our history books and the education system.

In Scotland, it has been celebrated since 2001. Here, Black History Month has encompassed the history of African, Caribbean and Asian people in this country; people who often have a direct link with Scotland through slavery or colonialism. It is a time to acknowledge the contributions, sacrifices and achievements that have been made which inspire us, but also a time to remember, and take the opportunity to apply the lessons of the past to build upon our future.

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The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) launched Black History Month 2013 in style on Wednesday 25th September at the Street Level Photoworks, Trongate 103 in Glasgow.

The launch was opened by the Lord Provost of Glasgow City Council, Councillor Sadie Docherty, and the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sports, Shona Robison MSP. Both welcomed October's month long celebration of the contributions and lives of black and minority ethnic communities in Glasgow and Scotland’s heritage.

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"The Movement today for freedom cannot be pushed back anymore than a tidal wave can be pushed back by hand. That which seeks to destroy the freedom of Man, seeks to destroy the soul of Man."


Medgar Evers, May 31, 1959

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Shelia Washington, who was instrumental in organizing the Scottsboro Boys Museum.
Justice at last for the Scottsboro Boys

After over 80 years, a gross injustice has at last been righted in the U.S. 







It was an intriguing old photo from a Glasgow newspaper that had belonged to my Dad that led me to find out about the tragic tale of the Scottsboro Boys.  The old Press photo showed a black woman heading up some kind of demonstration in the 1930s, the time of the Depression.  Her prominence was unusual at the time on the double count of her gender and her colour.  

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