Hackney Museum Sankofa Exhibition and Black History Season

Sankofa – why Britain celebrates Black History Month

24 September 2013 – 4 January 2014

Sankofa is the African Adinkra symbol meaning the wisdom of learning from the past to build the future.

This exhibition looks back over 75 years of the history of African and African Caribbean people in this country and the rise of Black History Month, from its 1926 American origins as Negro History Week to its beginnings and development here 25 years ago.

On display will be rarely seen archival material relating to grassroots, national and global campaigns from groups such as the Black Parents Movement, Teachers against Racism and Hackney Black People’s Association.

Find out how people came together and rose up against the injustice of discrimination; how individuals set up organisations to educate, empower and inspire a new generation of British youth, especially those of African heritage.

Alongside this you can see changes in style, fashion, music and technology from Sugar Minott to Ms Dynamite, from Hip Hop to Dubstep, from Afro’s to Locs, from Super Nintendo to I-phone.

Come and add to our ‘Tweet’ wall to tell us your thoughts for the next 25 years for Black History Month and how to build a future without racism






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