Black History Month
Is Here

Black history is not just for October. At Writing on the Wall, it is the time of year when we shine additional light on Black achievement and on the Black artistic talent that we work with all year round. This year, we welcome one of our international What’s Your Story? partners, Nazeem, from The Gambia, and from California we are joined on Zoom by Professor Stephen Small for a BHM edition of ‘Small Talk’.  We also welcome Ashleigh Nugent, the poet and performer extraordinaire, as our Writer on the Bloc, that’s offering free workshops, masterclasses and one-to-one support for writers as part of our online writing centre, The Writer’s Bloc. WoW Young Writers take over Tate Liverpool, led by former Young Writer, Blue Saint, to explore and develop creative responses to the outstanding Black visual art within their collections.  The month features live and online performances from the Time to Breathe Writers, who first met in the wake of the murder of George Floyd to discuss and write about trauma, racism and anti-racism.

Black history is not just for October. However, until we have a level playing field, we will continue to use BHM as just one vehicle to celebrate, educate, debate, and campaign for racial justice and equality.  So how are we, as a society, doing in terms of levelling up that field? The events of 2020, most significantly the global Black Lives Matter Movement and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Asian communities, dramatically raised public awareness of racial disadvantage. All manner of companies and organisations across all sectors pledged to make real changes in employment practices, service delivery and the education of our children and young people. Then in March 2021 came the bombs

hell, the monumental slap in the face that was the government’s report into racial disadvantage. The Sewell report claimed that institutional racism was a myth, and warned against bringing ‘victim narratives’ into education. A war was launched against any narrative that didn’t fit with the Churchillian view of good ‘ol Blighty. This government backlash was accompanied by a physical backlash with the rise of racist attacks on Black and Asian people. So in this 40th anniversary year of the 1981 Uprisings, when communities rose up against institutional racism and racial violence, we have invited to the Museum of Liverpool, activists, artists and academics from those inner-city areas to ask them – how level is the field of racial equality?

WoW’s BHM2021 is designed to inspire, enthral and to challenge. We look forward to seeing you there.

Our Black History Month programme was supported by Liverpool City Council, Edge Hill Institute for Creative Enterprise and Arts Council England

Black history is not just for October. At Writing on the Wall, it is the time of year when we shine additional light on Black achievement and on the Black artistic talent that we work with all year round. This year, we welcome one of our international What’s Your Story? partners, Nazeem, from The Gambia, and from California we are joined on Zoom by Professor Stephen Small for a BHM edition of ‘Small Talk’.  We also welcome Ashleigh Nugent, the poet and performer extraordinaire, as our Writer on the Bloc, that’s offering free workshops, masterclasses and one-to-one support for writers as part of our online writing centre, The Writer’s Bloc. WoW Young Writers take over Tate Liverpool, led by former Young Writer, Blue Saint, to explore and develop creative responses to the outstanding Black visual art within their collections.  The month features live and online performances from the Time to Breathe Writers, who first met in the wake of the murder of George Floyd to discuss and write about trauma, racism and anti-racism.

Black history is not just for October. However, until we have a level playing field, we will continue to use BHM as just one vehicle to celebrate, educate, debate, and campaign for racial justice and equality.  So how are we, as a society, doing in terms of levelling up that field? The events of 2020, most significantly the global Black Lives Matter Movement and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Asian communities, dramatically raised public awareness of racial disadvantage. All manner of companies and organisations across all sectors pledged to make real changes in employment practices, service delivery and the education of our children and young people. Then in March 2021 came the bombshell, the monumental slap in the face that was the government’s report into racial disadvantage. The Sewell report claimed that institutional racism was a myth, and warned against bringing ‘victim narratives’ into education. A war was launched against any narrative that didn’t fit with the Churchillian view of good ‘ol Blighty. This government backlash was accompanied by a physical backlash with the rise of racist attacks on Black and Asian people. So in this 40th anniversary year of the 1981 Uprisings, when communities rose up against institutional racism and racial violence, we have invited to the Museum of Liverpool, activists, artists and academics from those inner-city areas to ask them – how level is the field of racial equality?

WoW’s BHM2021 is designed to inspire, enthral and to challenge. We look forward to seeing you there.

Our Black History Month programme was supported by Liverpool City Council, Edge Hill Institute for Creative Enterprise and Arts Council England

Speakers Include

Mayor Joanne Anderson

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Stephen Small

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Ifem ‘Iffy’ Onuroa

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Ngunan Adamu

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Kim Johnson MP

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Blue Saint

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Nazeem

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Leila Hassan

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Natalie Denny

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Ashleigh Nugent

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Professor Erinma Bell, MBE DL

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Lawrence Hoo

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Events

1981 Liverpool 8 Uprisings: 40th Anniversary Exhibition

Writing on the Wall and Liverpool Record Office presents an original exhibition remembering the 1981 Liverpool 8 Uprisings.

Date: Monday, November 1, 2021

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Blue Saint at TATE Liverpool: WoW Young Writers 1-2-1 Session

Join WoW in partnership with TATE Liverpool and Artist Blue Saint for the first of our FREE WoW Young Writers TATE Socials as part of Black History Month. In this event, we will be joined by Liverpool Artist Blue Saint for a discussion on two Collections featured at TATE ‘Whose Tradition?’ and ‘Democracies’. There will be …

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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Blue Saint at TATE Liverpool: WoW Young Writers Workshop (11-15yrs)

Join WoW in partnership with TATE Liverpool and Artist Blue Saint for the first of our FREE WoW Young Writers TATE Socials as part of Black History Month. In this event, we will be joined by Liverpool Artist Blue Saint for a discussion on two Collections featured at TATE ‘Whose Tradition?’ and ‘Democracies’. There will be …

Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

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Blue Saint at TATE Liverpool: WoW Young Writers 1-2-1 Session

Join WoW in partnership with TATE Liverpool and Artist Blue Saint for the first of our FREE WoW Young Writers TATE Socials as part of Black History Month. In this event, we will be joined by Liverpool Artist Blue Saint for a discussion on two Collections featured at TATE ‘Whose Tradition?’ and ‘Democracies’. There will be …

Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

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Speakers

Stephen Small

Stephen Small

Stephen Small is a Professor in the Department of African American Studies and African Diaspora Studies where he has taught since 1995; and he is Director of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (since June 2020). He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley…

September 30, 2021

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Mayor Joanne Anderson

Mayor Joanne Anderson is the City Mayor of Liverpool. She was elected after serving as a councillor two years and is Liverpool’s first female Mayor and the first black woman to be directly elected as a Mayor in the UK. Joanne has nearly three decades of experience as an equality,…

October 13, 2021

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Ifem ‘Iffy’ Onuroa

Ifem “Iffy” Onuora (born 28 July 1967) is a Scottish former professional footballer, manager and current equalities coach for the Professional Footballers Association.As a player he was a forward from 1988 until 2004. He notably had spells with Swindon Town and Gillingham and spent his entire career playing in England. He also played in the…

September 30, 2021

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Ngunan Adamu

Ngunan Adamu is a producer and presenter for BBC Radio Merseyside and a BBC International multi-platform trainer. Adamu is also the founder and CEO of iWoman Academy. iWoman Academy is a 12-week empowerment course set up by women to empower and upskill participants using radio production techniques as a wellbeing tool to better enable women to gain employment, return to…

September 30, 2021

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Kim Johnson MP

Kim Johnson was elected as the Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside in December 2019. She won with 41,170 votes and 70.2% majority. Johnson, a former adult social care worker, became Liverpool’s first black MP. A Unison shop steward and anti-racism campaigner, she was deputy chair of the union’s National Black Members…

September 30, 2021

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Blue Saint

Daniel Sebuyange, known professionally as Blue Saint, is a Congolese and British rapper, singer-songwriter, spoken word poet, actor, producer and designer. Over his music career he has developed an eclectic musical style that draws on a range of influences and genres, often combining and blending elements of hip-hop, RnB and electronic…

September 30, 2021

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Nazeem

Nazeem is a prolific singer-songwriter and guitarist from Gambia. He is also a peace ambassador and founding director of his NGO, Dole Ndawi. He uses the transformative power of music to build resilience and positive change within communities and amongst young people. His music is widely available on digital music…

September 30, 2021

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Leila Hassan

Leila Hassan was employed by Institute of Race Relations from 1970. Hassan went on to become a member of the Race Today Collective. She also co-organised the Black Peoples Day of Action march in 1981 that saw up to a reported 20,000 participants. Hassan was the deputy editor of Race Today…

September 30, 2021

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Natalie Denny

Natalie Denny is the force behind Skywriters. Her roles include writer, activist and Programme Manager for Anthony Walker Foundation.  Natalie is chair of The Period Project Merseyside, a voluntary led initiative providing women and people who have periods with menstrual items and campaigning to #endperiodpoverty and, Merseyside Together Against Racism and…

September 30, 2021

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Ashleigh Nugent

Ashleigh Nugent is a writer, performer, and Creative Director at RiseUp CiC. He has written for poetry anthologies, academic journals, magazines, blogs and theatre. His latest work, ‘LOCKS’, is a novel based on the time he spent his 17th birthday in a Jamaican detention centre. ‘LOCKS’ won the 2013 Commonword…

September 30, 2021

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Professor Erinma Bell, MBE DL

In 2003 Erinma became a co-founder and CEO of her own formidable charity known as CARISMA - Community Alliance for Renewal Inner South Manchester Area. Known in short as CARISMA Services. This is a front-line community-based group set up to offer life-chances for people in the community by giving them positive alternatives other than violent street, gun and gang crimes www.carisma.me.uk. Erinma employs successful models, which ‘build social capital’; educate…

September 30, 2021

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Lawrence Hoo

Lawrence Hoo is a Bristol-based poet and educator whose work throws light upon the life experiences of Britain’s marginalised communities.  After a youth spent in and out of the care system, Lawrence has engaged with disadvantaged children of all age groups in schools as well as within the United Nations…

September 30, 2021

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