Black History Month starts in Stocky

STOCKPORT’s 11th Black History Month was launched last week with a musically illustrated talk.

AWARD WINNER:Performer Tayo Aluko sang spirituals and spoke about African history

AWARD WINNER: Performer Tayo Aluko sang spirituals and spoke about African history

The event explored African pre-slavery history, Africans’ resistance to white domination over the centuries, and the election and inauguration of USA President Barack Obama.

The illustrated talk was held at Brinnington Community Centre and organised by Stockport Council in partnership with Brinnington Community Association.

The event supported this year’s theme of ‘Music and Arts Connecting Communities in Neighbourhoods’.

More than 100 people listened as award winning singer and performer Tayo Aluko sang spirituals, as composed and sung by enslaved Africans and their descendants and spoke about historical and more recent figures who fought for freedom, justice and independence.

Tayo, said: “I finish by suggesting that the fight for equality, peace and justice is a tradition to be appreciated, embraced and continued by all people of African descent, to be linked to the struggle against all forms of oppression worldwide.”

Councillor Sue Derbyshire, executive member for communities, said: “This event was a positive and inspiring start to Black History Month in Stockport and I am delighted that so many local people were able to attend. As a Council we recognise and value the diversity of our local residents.”

For more information about events taking place during BHM in October visit http://www.stockport.gov.uk/blackhistory

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