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Explore the hidden history of African presence in the West End's theatre district. With a recent explosion of Black productions since the events of 2020, we investigate and expose how far back the African/Caribbean presence on stage goes, who the performers were, where they appeared, audience reception and the racial climate at the time. This walk features:Black magicians, escape artists and hypnotistsBest selling Caribbean Calypso and Michael JacksonFamous actors and their roles (much more than just Paul Robeson)Black women producers and sell out showsComedians and Tragedians and their amazing real life storiesEnslaved people and plays on the West End stageUS Civil Rights connections, Pearl, Edric, Harry Black British Civil Rights Activists and the acting colour barThe 'Beyonce' of the 1950s who owned her own castleRacist tropes, stereotypes and how they were overcomeCurrent Black productions you can check out
Watch out for Black History Walks new book 'Black History Walks in London, Volume 1' published by Jacaranda Books in 2021. This is part of Jacaranda's revolutionary Twenty in 2020 initiative to publish 20 books by 20 Black British authors in 2020. An unprecedented feat. 'Black History Walks in London Volume 1' is the 20th of that series but was delayed to this year due to the Coronavirus.
Other coming events:African Animation Ancient to modern1958 Notting Hill Remembering the 'riots' and Black resistanceBlack History River CruiseBlack Heroes in Outer space: creating the future we wantAfrican history at the Tower of London, black mental healthBlack History Bus TourIs Britain responsible for America's Race Relations?