ICONIC figures from history will be celebrated in Sheffield this autumn as part of national Black History Month.
Sheffield University has teamed up with Museums Sheffield, The Showroom Cinema and the city’s Off The Shelf literary festival to present a series of concerts, talks and films at venues around the city.
Over six weeks, the events will explore influential figures in black culture and society, promoting knowledge of black history, its heritage and roots and its impact on modern society.
“I think we’re all guilty of existing in a bubble at times, unaware of the struggles of those around us due to race, class or sexuality,” said University of Sheffield concerts manager Stewart Campbell.
“We hope this project will highlight the struggles and celebrate the achievements of some amazing individuals.
Highlights include a performance by jazz legend Gary Crosby, acknowledged as one of the country’s pioneers of British Black Jazz.
There will be a pre-concert talk by Dr Jason Toynbee of the Open University, who will discuss his research project, What is British Black Jazz?
The Showroom Cinema will screen a number of documentaries exploring racial equality and discrimination.
Among them is The Black Power Mix Tape. The footage, shot by Swedish journalists between 1967-1975, follows their journey through the Black Power Movement in America.
The documentary Soundtrack for a Revolution will also be screened.
It tells the story of the American civil rights movement through music, including the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in meetings and jail cells as they fought for justice and equality.
“It’s exciting to see events and venues all over the city coming together to support the same thought-provoking message and it will make a worthy and interesting addition to the vibrant cultural landscape of our city,” added Stewart.