Celebrating Black History Month 2014 at the Millennium Library

Three events and an exhibition for Black History Month 2014 – presented by the University of East Anglia Department of American Studies, the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library and the Millennium Library in Norwich. Come and join us !

Maya AngelouThe Life and Legacy of Maya Angelou – 9th October, Vernon Castle Room, Norwich Millennium Library (6:30-7:30pm)
This event will commemorate the life and work of the African American writer Maya Angelou, who sadly passed away in May of this year. This roundtable discussion will feature contributions from staff from the Department of American Studies at UEA who will discuss various aspects of Angelou’s career and reflect on what her writing means to them.

The Anti-Apartheid Movement in Britain: A Roundtable Discussion – 22nd October, Vernon Castle Room, Norwich Millennium Library (6-7:30pm)20 years after the first democratic elections in South Africa, academics and former activists will lead a general discussion reflecting on anti-apartheid activism in Britain. To coincide with the ‘Forward to Freedom’ exhibition based at the Millennium Library, this roundtable will provide a general overview of the anti-apartheid struggle as well as reflecting on the activities of local activists in Norfolk.

anti-apartheid event

Exhibition: Forward to Freedom: The History of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1959-1994 – Norwich Millennium Library (20th-31st October)
A pop-up exhibition telling the story of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement and its campaigns to support the people of South Africa in their fight against apartheid. The AAM also campaigned for freedom for Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Angola, and against South Africa’s attacks on its neighbours.

12 years a slave

Film and Black History: 12 Years a Slave and Belle – 29th October, Vernon Castle Room, Norwich Millennium Library (6:30-7:30pm)
A discussion of recent films that document black history and the legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Lectures and postgraduates from UEA will examine how Hollywood has dealt with black history and discuss the ongoing political significance of films such as Belle and 12 Years A Slave in terms of how we remember and debate the issue of slavery today.

Contact the 2nd Air Division Library on 01603 774747 or email: 2admemorial.lib@norfolk.gov.uk to reserve your free place.

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