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Black troops were welcome in Britain, but Jim Crow wasn’t: the race riot of one night in June 1943

Black American GIs stationed in Britain during the war, these in Bristol, were given a warm welcome by their hosts but treated harshly by their white US Army comrades. brizzlebornandbred, CC BY-NC-SA

Here is a link to an interesting article by Prof Alan Rice – PBHG’s partner in Academia.

Alan has published widely in African American Studies, Transatlantic Cultural Studies and also in Ethnic Studies. His latest monograph project Creating Memorials, Building Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic (Liverpool University Press) was published in 2010 and was written with the help of an AHRC research grant. The paperback edition was launched in April 2012 at the International Slavery Museum and the event with live jazz can be viewed here.

Sunday 21 October – Digging Deep – Coal Miners of African Caribbean Heritage, National Narratives from around the UK

Sunday 21st October 2018
Jalgos Sports and Social Club,
Rose St, Preston PR1 3XY
Exhibition opens 4.30pm
Guest Speaker: Norma Gregory 5.15pm

Norma Gregory, Historian

Norma Gregory (1969-) was born in Nottingham and is a historian of African Caribbean
experiences, in relation to the British context. She has a passion for oral history, photography and publishing and uses creative media as a way of sharing with others, new insights and undiscovered heritage.
• St Mary’s University, Twickenham London (BA Hons. English Literature/Language
with Theology & Religious Studies)
• UCL Institute of Education, University of London (MA. Effective Learning / Pedagogy)
• University of Nottingham (PGCE/GTP Certificate in Education, Secondary English)
• Liverpool John Moores University (Post. Grad Certificate in Learning Mentoring)
• College of North East London (CONEL) Radio & Print Journalism (City & Guilds) 1996,
(Awarded in 1997) Distinction.
For over twenty-seven years, Norma has researched and produced quality, heritage-related educational materials, helping to develop, expand and enrich available heritage as well as helping to address misrepresentations of history. From print to broadcast media, publications, exhibitions, displays and memorials, Norma has also conducted talks and presentations to enhance public knowledge, regarding the inclusion and celebration of diverse histories within mainstream settings. Through her social enterprise and as director of Nottingham News Centre CIC, founded in 2013 (see, Norma regularly sponsors and supports events and activities that promote heritage, education, inclusion and equality for all. “I believe that it is through education, that I have had the chance to become the woman I am supposed to be, dedicating my life to improving and advancing education through heritage and inclusive knowledge transfer, thus helping to promote inclusion and a deeper understanding for all. Thank you.”


Lancashire Science Festival 28th-30th June 2018

Lancashire Science Festival is back with a bang and this year’s public programme is set to be bigger and better than ever before. Join us for our Family Day on Saturday 30 June to enjoy a spectacular showcase of the wonders of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and more. Our action-packed programme is taking place on the University of Central Lancashire’s Preston Campus between 9.00am and 5.00pm. We are pleased to announce that our public programme remains free of charge and open to all. Check out some of our amazing shows, workshops and drop-in sessions.

PBHG will be there – please come and join us!

Preston Standing Together Against Racism – Community Event

Date Saturday 24 March 2018
Time 11:00am – 1:00pm
Location Preston Flag Market, Cheapside, Preston, PR1 2PP
Cost Free

Organisations from Preston are hosting the 5th annual free event to show their commitment to community cohesion and tackling racism.

Part of the Lancashire Commonwealth Celebrations 2018, this event will mark the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the Commonwealth.

The Community Day will be a chance to celebrate Preston’s unique characteristics of the city’s long tradition of tolerance and respect for all its citizens and visitors.

Come along and enjoy the free performances and music from various local artists, as well as stalls housing numerous organisations providing information.

The Standing Together Against Racism event is organised by Preston & Western Lancashire Racial Equality and Diversity Council, Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council, the University of Central Lancashire, UCLAN Creative Communities Group, the Black and Minority Ethnic Forum and have the support of a wide range of community groups.

IBAR Conference – Women’s Spring: Feminism, Nationalism and Civil Disobedience

Upcoming conference organised by IBAR in partnership with: Collegium for African American Research (CAAR),  50.50, the Cornelia Goethe Center (Goethe University, Frankfurt); International Development and Inclusive Innovation, Strategic Research Area (The Open University), De Gruyter Open.

The conference has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 706741 and from CAAR. 

21-23 June 2018, University of Central Lancashire, Preston,

Details Here

Keynote speakers (confirmed):

  • Prof. Cathy J. Cohen, The University of Chicago;
  • Dr Umut Erel, International Development and Inclusive Innovation, Sociology Department and International Development and Inclusive Innovation (The Open University);
  • Prof. Lubaina Himid, 2017 Turner Prize Winner, University of Central Lancashire;
  • Prof. Dr. Helma Lutz, the Cornelia Goethe Center at Goethe University, Frankfurt;
  • Prof. Ewa Mazierska, University of Central Lancashire;
  • Prof. Toby Miller, University of California, Riverside; Loughborough University London
  • Pragna Patel, Southall Black Sisters;
  • Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis, Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London.
  • Lara Whyte, Open Democracy.

LUBAINA HIMID: HARD TIMES Art Exhibition at Harris Preston by Preston’s Turner Prize winning Artist, Lubaina Himid 2 March – 3 June 2018

Preston Black History Group members are excited to be involved in the advisory group for Lubaina’s exhibition. We are doing our best to make it as accessible as possible and hope you will make the trip to visit this enjoyable and thought provoking exhibition. There are a series of events planned alongside the exhibition, see the Harris website for details

The Harris Says:

We are delighted to be showing an exhibition of the work of The 2017 Turner Prize winner and Preston-based artist Professor Lubaina Himid MBE.  

The Harris has had a long relationship with Lubaina, showing her work on a number of occasions including most recently Moments that Matter (2012).

Lubaina has chosen the title Hard Times with reference to Charles Dickens’ novel, inspired by his visit to Preston during the workers’ Lock-out of 1853.

Happy Birthday Phil

Spectrum Association gave Phil the best birthday party – PBHG were there to help him celebrate. Nadine made chicken and rice, Clinton provided fried plantain and Bernie and Andy made saltfish fritters as well as a lovely spread of sandwiches, pies and sausage rolls. What a treat!!

Mel made a fabulous birthday cake with a real Carnival feel to it.

The ‘boss man’ was in his element.

PBHG slideshow review of 2017

Here’s our review of 2017 – a great year!


The Life and Times of Tommy Meade.

5pm at Jalgos Sports and Social club, Rose St Preston. A social evening of games, jokes, masquerades remembering Tommy Meade and raising funds for the recent hurricane disasters in the Caribbean. Free event – all welcome.

Black History Month 2017 events at Coffee Nubia in Manchester

28th Sep – Do We Really Need Black History Month?

5th Oct – RIP Dick Gregory, Black Activist.

12th Oct – The poetry of Claude McKay.

19th Oct – Harry Belafonte & the Civil Rights Movement.

26th Oct – The Legacy of Dr Sebi?

2nd Nov – Remembering the 1907 Earthquake in Jamaica.

9th Nov – Post-war Britain: Caribbean Migration & Resistance to Racism.

Hosted by Linford Sweeney

Coffee Nubia, 155 Princess Road, Manchester M14 4RE at 7.30pm

£5.00 contribution

Refreshments on sale