Focus on Black History

To help celebrate October’s Black History Month, Buckinghamshire libraries have been working with a local arts and heritage community organisation to compile exhibitions at five outlets.

To help launch the library exhibitions, Gareth Williams, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health, Councillor Mimi Harker OBE, and Jacqueline Roberts, Chief Executive of St Vincent & the Grenadines 2nd Generation (SV2G), visited High Wycombe Library.

Put together by High Wycombe-based SV2G, the exhibitions feature in libraries in Aylesbury, Buckingham, Burnham, Chesham and High Wycombe throughout October. The exhibitions are the result of three projects SV2G has focused on recently:

‘A Steelpan Town’ explores the history of steelpan music, the musicians and the instrument itself in High Wycombe. The project captured the main steel bands that were formed in High Wycombe.

Many steelpan musicians from St Vincent and the Grenadines settled into High Wycombe from the late 1950s. The New Sound Crusaders Steel Band became famous when in 1971 they won the national TV programme ‘Opportunity Knocks’ for six consecutive weeks.

This exhibition is showing at Aylesbury, Buckingham and High Wycombe libraries.

‘Coming Back Home’ is an intergenerational project that documented the testimonies of Vincentians’ personal experiences and stories with three generations in High Wycombe.

The project explored their experiences and memories from migration and settlement through to identity and everyday life. Also, with British-born Vincentians’ caught between two cultures, their journey and experiences were also documented.

This exhibition is showing at Aylesbury and Burnham libraries.

SV2G has put together a selection of Black History Month booklists, featuring popular BAME authors. The booklists include:

  • Young, Gifted and Black – books for primary school age
  • Young Adult fiction – books for secondary school age
  • Black & British.

View the booklists on this page.

Jacqueline Roberts, Chief Executive of SV2G, added:

‘It is important locally and in the wider diaspora to share our knowledge of our past history and culture.’

Gareth Williams, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health, said: ‘These exhibitions are an engaging celebration of Black History Month, vividly highlighting the contributions that black people have made to the UK over many generations.’

Info:
Visit the Buckinghamshire Libraries’ Black History Month page for more details of the exhibitions.

Pictured:
The exhibition at High Wycombe Library.

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