The Preston Group is hosting a series of events to mark Black History Month

Dominoes at Jalgos Pic: Joseph Gudgeon

Preston Black History Group is hosting a series of events to mark Black History Month in October.


The group is made up of members of the African and Caribbean communities of Preston and the North West, as well as many partners with an interest in black history.

The month of activities kicks off on Tuesday October 4th at 7pm at the Jalgos Sports and Social Club in Rose Street, with Black to the Future.

The event celebrates and showcases the achievements of people of African descent, regardless of their place of birth.

The calendar of events is shown below. They all take place in Jalgos unless otherwise stated.

Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m. – movie night – AKWANTU: The Journey

A film by Roy T Anderson, Akwantu: The Journey is a groundbreaking documentary film that tells the story of the legendary Jamaican Maroons and their valiant fight for freedom.

Tuesday October 18 at 7 p.m. – From Jamaica to Penrhyn

A video presentation on the fascinating history of Penrhyn Castle in North Wales and its links to the Caribbean and the transatlantic slave trade by Keith Dagger and edited by Margaret Singleton of the Preston Black History Group.

Keith and Margaret discovered the history of Penrhyn Castle which was built by slaves from Jamaica. The documentary includes a tour of the castle, interviews about the history of the building and the family who built it.

Wednesday, October 19 at 1 p.m. at UCLan’s Foster Building – Book launch of the new edition of Black England by Gretchen Gerzina

This event is jointly organized by the Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR) and the Center for Migration, Diaspora and Exile (MIDEX) of UCLan. Gretchen Gerzina is the Paul Murray Kendall Professor of Biography and Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her lunchtime lecture will feature the new edition of her just-published classic text Black England. She will introduce characters from the historical text and answer questions about the importance of the book in this new era of Black Lives Matter.

Book on Eventbrite.

Thursday, October 20 at 7 p.m. – Movie night –Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

It is the first comprehensive documentary to explore the Black Panther party, its importance to the broader political and cultural awakening of black people, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: the police , FBI informants, reporters, white supporters and detractors, Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party, and those who left it.

This event is supported by Unite (The Union) N/W 0058 Bamber Bridge and Leyland branch.

Tuesday 25 October at 7 p.m. – Launch of the book England is my Home: Windrush Lives in Lancashire

The Preston Black History Group and the UCLan Center for Migration, Diaspora and Exile (MIDEX) present the results of our latest collaboration. The eleven interviews presented in this book trace more than eight centuries of lived experience within the “Windrush” generation of Preston. Throughout these pages, six women and five men who arrived in Lancashire from the Caribbean in the 1960s and early 1970s tell their stories on their own terms.

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Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m. – Movie night –Choc’late Soldiers of the United States

Choc’late Soldiers from the USA tells the story of 140,000 black American soldiers and thousands of British civilians who crossed a racial divide to forge an unexpected bond. While serving in a separate army, black men and women do much of the “heavy lifting” of the US military by day and introduce the British population to jazz, jitterbug and black American culture by night. . For the first time, black American soldiers experience what it is like to be treated as equals and as Americans. Directed by Emmy-winning director Noel Izon and co-produced by writer Gregory Cooke.

The screening of the film will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Professor Alan Rice, Lecturer in English and American Studies.

Sunday 30 October 4pm at St Matthew’s Church, New Hall Lane – Remembrance Service for the Black Community and Continuing Remembrance at Jalgos

A celebration of the lives of those who have disappeared over the past two years. All welcome.

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