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Sat 22nd June – Windrush Celebration Day

A partnership of organisations in Preston were supported by PBHG and succeeded in receiving government funding for events around Windrush Celebration Day – please check in coming months for updates on events taking place.

Hate Crime Poster

Our partner PC 3448 Ashley Gibson at Lancs Constabulary Diversity Unit has sent us this poster about Hate Crime and how to report it. Please share it widely. Thanks

You can contact Ashley at

Society for Caribbean Studies 43rd Annual Conference

Institute for Black Atlantic Research,

University of Central Lancashire

3-5 July 2019

Draft programme can be downloaded here

Registration now open here…

Preston Black History Group have been invited to make a presentation at the conference. Details will be available when they have been confirmed. Hope you can join us.

Meet the author Reni Eddo-Lodge in conversation with Jade Montserrat – IBAR event

Thursday 4th April at 6 – 7.30pm, UCLan Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema.

Tickets free from Eventbrite

About this Event

Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR) presents:

Reni Eddo-Lodge top 100 bestselling Author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Reading Extracts from her work and In conversation with Award winning artist Jade Montserrat followed by Q&A with the audience.

Reni graduated from UCLAN in English Literature in 2011 and was the Student Union President 2011-12. She has written for The Guardian and The New York Times

Jade won the Jerwood Student Prize in 2017 & contributed the artwork for the Night Tube map on the London Underground in 2018.

Date and Time

Thu, 4 April 2019

18:00 – 19:30 BST


The Mitchell And Kenyon Cinema

Foster Building

58 Kendal St



Black is Beautiful?

Society loves the beautiful.

Indeed, research has shown that those who do not conform

to mainstream ideas of what is beautiful can experience fewer

employment opportunities, fewer career progression opportunities,

low self esteem, social isolation and even poor academic results.

There are certain groups of people who naturally fall outside of

mainstream values of beauty and style: the elderly, disabled, larger

people and certain ethnic groups.

African heritage (black) people form one of these groups.

Since slavery and colonialism black people have been categorised as

ugly. Skin too dark, hair too nappy, body too big.

Is it that black people are ugly or that mainstream values need to

change? If we believe that values need to change, how could this be


In questioning these values, it is important that members of the

affected community have their say.

To this end you are invited to a workshop/discussion on issues around

‘black is beautiful?’


Jalgos Sports and Social club Rose Street, Preston. PR1 3XY.

Thursday 28th March 2019 @ 7.30pm

light refreshments will be provided

The outcome of this event will form part of the basis for a reseach

project to be developed by UClan in partnership with members of

the community.

PBHG Points of Light award

We are proud that our Chair, Clinton Smith, was invited to 10 Downing St in October 2018 to receive a ‘points of light’ award recognising our work and committment to promoting diversity and improving multicultural understanding.

Here’s a link to the Points of Light website

IBAR UCLan » Women’s Spring: Feminism, Nationalism and Civil disobedience conferenc

Angela Davis, painted portrait IMG_6929004, April 10, 2013 | © Courtesy of Thierry Ehrmann.


Review by Lauren Velvick, representing Preston Black History Group


On the 22nd and 23rd of June I was lucky to be able to attend the annual conference organised by the Institute for Black Atlantic Research at the University of Central Lancashire. This year’s conference was titled ‘Women’s Spring: Feminism, Nationalism and Civil Disobedience’ and invited contributions reflecting on struggles for women’s rights around the world, particularly how art, music, fiction and other forms of culture have contributed to these movements. I am not currently a student or academic and I don’t attend conferences of this kind very often, so it was a real treat to be able to hear about the current research that’s going on in universities from Delhi to Washington.


The first talks that I attended dealt with how the concept of the family relates to how nationality and borders are enforced, with Dr Umut Erel giving a keynote speech titled ‘Black and Migrant Women Challenging Nationalist and Racist Politics of Reproduction’. This talk clearly laid out how a web of changing boundaries meaning that it is often impossible for migrant families to exist and thrive in Britain, with integration ‘always constructed as just out of reach’. Materially, this is exacerbated by the way that adult migrants are left with no recourse to public funds, and are thus forced into destitution, creating a feedback loop of poverty. This can be observed in the recent evictions of Syrian refugees in Glasgow by a private housing company; it seems obvious that people who speak little english, with no contacts and no money, will become homeless or worse if they are evicted, but legally nobody has to do anything if somebodies refugee status is not granted on first hearing.


Dr Erel laid out how this state of affairs arises from the concept of a nation being built on the right to exclude, arguing that the first way to fight back against these injustices that dehumanise people in need is to challenge the current policy of ‘no recourse to public funds’ for migrants.


Next I sat in on the ‘Women’s movements in India’ panel which gave a fascinating and vital insight into political and feminist struggles there, but speakers were careful to point out how the lived realities of women differ greatly between the affluent and the poverty-stricken, and should not be homogenised in an attempt to understand the country as a whole.


Particularly interesting to me was Dr Namrata Ravichandra Ganneri’s talk on the women who organised as part of the right wing All India Hindu Mahila Mahasabha party, raising the question of how we can responsibly biographise right wing women as part of feminism. This is something that we must grapple with in Britian as well, given that our only two female Prime Ministers were and are on the right, but experienced the same structural sexism as everyone else, if in different ways as members of the political elite.


The final Keynote that I was able to attend that day was from Prof. Cathy Cohen who advocated for naming the problems that we face, and naming them repeatedly. This emphasis on the power of naming brings to mind Lubaina Himid’s ‘Naming the Money’ series which have been displayed in various museums around the UK this year.


Cohen paid particular attention to ‘the margins of blackness’, criticising the erasure of queer black radicality from narratives of resistance in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s. She also draw attention to our tendency to politically scapegoat, rather than address issues, which can lead to white people only addressing their own marginalisation through right wing figureheads. Cohen ended by affirming the importance of working with what the people in our communities can bring, rather than expecting people to be perfect political subjects, and to build resilience by rolling with the changes and shocks that arise within resistance movements.

Lifetime achievement award for city’s Clinton Smith in honour of his dedication to equality in Preston

Clinton collecting his award.

A campaigner and volunteer from Preston has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award for his selfless dedication to equality in the city.

Clinton Smith was awarded the Lifetime Community Achievement Award at the 2018 Fusion Awards held in Blackburn.

As chairman of the Preston Black History Group, the 67-year-old widened the group’s outlook to support racial tolerance and celebrate diversity in Preston.

Clinton said: “Every so often in life out of the blue comes a really ‘feel good moment’ – for me this is one of those moments.

“In life you choose to carry out certain actions because you have the ability to do so for the benefit of others and the community within which you live and work.”

Clinton, who has worked in maintenance for the Prison Service for 19 years, added: “Preston has changed considerably over the years in terms of its communities and race relations.

“I am pleased to live in a city where we have such a large mix of nationalities and ethnicities all coexisting together in a small shared space.

“The positives for the future in my opinion are that so many of the groups are engaged in conversations together laying the foundation for future generations.”

At the awards ceremony, Clinton thanked Turner Prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid and University of Central Lancashire professor Alan Rice for their time and advice.

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.”