Have you ever wondered, why people fought so hard to retain the name C.L.R. James above the new Dalston Library? If so, you will be interested in these two exciting and linked events as part of the C.L.R. James Legacy project.
The C.L.R. James lecture (the importance of the black vote) 18:30 to 21:00
BEMA in partnership with: LBH Library Services, Operation Black Vote & Hackney Unites
A lecture followed by a panel discussion, looking at the impact, importance, patterns and relevance of the African/Caribbean vote in Hackney. The degree to which this community has achieved proportionate representation in terms of elected Councilors and the extent to which the boroughs cultural diversity has been reflected in the formulation and implementation of its policies will be examined.
The question to be discussed is: Why vote?
The panel will include Simon Woolley from Operation Black Vote (confirmed), a prominent local black politician and other high profile individuals.
This will be the second annual lecture established following the successful campaign 2011 by BEMA and its partners in the community to ensure that the name of C.L.R James was retained when the library was rebuilt.
Saturday April 13 WEA 96 -100 Clifton Street EC2A 4TP
We are proud to host the first C.L.R. James Legacy Project conference on the Life & Legacy of C.L.R. James. This free conference is organised by the C.L.R. James Legacy Project in partnership with the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA).
The conference takes place on Sat 13thApril 2013 (11am-6pm) and will involve a day of discussions, workshop and performance around C.L.R. Jame’s Life and his relevance today.
Confirmed speakers include Darcus Howe (Broadcaster, writer and civil-rights activist, Mike Dibb (filmmaker) and Selwyn Cudjoe (Wellesley College and co-editor of C.L.R. James: His intellectual Legacies.). There will also be contributions from Ngoma Bishop (BEMA) and Andrea Enisuoh (Hackney Unites) who led the campaign to keep the name of C.L.R. James on the local Dalston Library when the local Council threated to drop it.
Please see attached flyer for more information – though more speakers and participants are being confirmed all the time. If you want to be involved in some way then do please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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