Old Image of Folks Celebrating Black History Month
Photo Credit: Goldsmiths' Student Union

October is Black History Month, and Goldsmiths is showcasing a variety of local and international Black artists, all whom uniquely express their culture, history, and identity using different creative mediums. The Leopard has picked out the highlights, so you can be sure to get involved in the celebration curated by the community.

The Student Union will be screening The Black Panthers: The Vanguard of the Revolution (2015), the feature length documentary which follows the history of the Black Panther Party – a Black nationalist organisation originally founded in 1966 to protect African American neighbourhoods against police brutality. Directed by Stanley Nelson, the film reveals the recorded archives of the movement, including rare footage and interviews with party members themselves.

[12th October / 6:30-8pm @ 309 Richard Hoggart Building]

The Centre for Feminist Research presents 'Afri-Quia' Theatre; a talk by Goldsmiths Theatre and Performance lecturer and artist, Mojisola Adebayo. Up for discussion is her critically appraised play, Muhammad Ali and Me, an autobiographical play that centres around the intersectional identity of growing up as a gay Black girl in foster care – and her extraordinary friendship with Muhammad Ali. Focusing on identities, Adebayo will also highlight the importance of theatre accessible to those with disabilities, the feminist quest for orgasm, and how performance can create connections between a host of diverse identities.

 [13th October / 5-6:30pm @ LG01 Professor Stuart Hall Building]

Look back into the archives of worldwide Black history with Black History resources in Special Collections and Archives and the Goldsmiths Textile Collection. The Library invites you to browse through the ages, from Black and African filmmaking in the Deac Rossell Collection, to feminist music distribution in the Women’s Revolutions Per Minute Archive. The event aims to create understanding about the importance of archives, and their significance upon both the past and the future.

[14th October / 3:15-4pm @ Constance Howard Gallery and Goldsmiths Textile Collection (Deptford Town Hall Building basement) / 4:15-5pm @ Library ground floor Special Collections & Archives (Library ground floor)]

What would it look like if former slaves had adapted to living underwater? Ayesha Hameed answers just that in her audiovisual essay, Black Atlantis. Combining Anthropocene and Afrofuturism, the watery world comes alive with dancefloors, as music and culture continue to evolve even below sea level.

 [17th October / 6:30-8:30pm @ LG.02 Professor Stuart Hall Building]

Lewisham will be taken over by community groups and artists next week, led by Goldsmiths historian Dr. John Price, to commemorate the ‘Battle of Lewisham’. Having taken place on the 13th August 1977, the Battle was the clash between the people of the borough, the police, and the National Front, who were stopped from marching in England for the first time.

[17th October @ Lewisham Shopping Centre]

The following week, homage to Caribbean families will be made in the form of an entire living room recreated in Lewisham by designer Rose Sinclair. Focusing on the home textiles shared by Caribbean Londoners in the 1970s, Sinclair will look at the culture and memories behind something as simple as upholstery in this interactive installation.

[Time/place TBC] 

The Student Union invites everyone to attend A Tale of Two Cities, which will explore the evolution of Black music in Lewisham. Using the mediums of film, poetry, documentary, and of course dubstep, the night will look back at the distressing history surrounding Black identity: from knife crime to gentrification – yet simultaneously celebrating the success and talent born here in this borough.

[18th October / 7pm-1am @ Goldsmiths Student Union]