Town prepares for Black History Month

AS BLACK History Month approaches, a series of inspirational lectures is set to take place in Ipswich.Featuring such topics as black boys' progress in schools to campaigns for equal political rights, the Umija lectures will give a unique insight into the status of the black community in the UK today.

AS BLACK History Month approaches, a series of inspirational lectures is set to take place in Ipswich.

Featuring such topics as black boys' progress in schools to campaigns for equal political rights, the Umija lectures will give a unique insight into the status of the black community in the UK today.

The talks, which coincide with October's Black History Month, are organised in Ipswich by the Nia Project – and nia in Swahili means progress.

The talks, held to celebrate the achievements of black professionals, are set to coincide with annual Black History Month in October.


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Verna Wilkins, founder and managing director of the Tamarind publishing company, will kick off the annual Umija lectures.

She will be speaking at the central library in Northgate Street, Ipswich on Thursday August 28 at 7pm.

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As well as successfully running her company for 13 years, Ms Wilkins is the author of 27 picture books and seven biographies for young people.

Simon Woolley, the national co-ordinator of Operation Black Vote – which encourages black people to exercise their democratic rights - will take to the stand next.

He will be speaking in the ballroom of the Great White Horse hotel in Ipswich's Tavern Street on Thursday September 18 at 7pm.

Covering black education – especially the position of young black boys in schools – Dr Tony Sewell will speak on Monday October 20 in the Nickleby Room at the Great White Horse hotel, starting at 7pm.

Last but not least, it will be the turn of Professor Morgan Dalphinis who talk about the role of linguistics in black society today.

He will be speaking on Thursday November 27 at 7pm in the Nickleby Room of the Great White Horse hotel.

Admission to all talks is free and refreshments will be available.

For more information contact Del White, on 01473 221715.

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