The Black Cultural Archives: Towards a National Institution

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Date / time: 20 February, 6:30 pm

King's College London

The Black Cultural Archives: Towards a National Institution


Paul Reid, Director of the Black Cultural Archives: ‘The Black Cultural Archives: Towards a National Institution’, 20 February

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The launch of the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton on 24th July 2014 marked truly a historic occasion for African and African-Caribbean communities in the UK. Thirty-three years after the founding of the organisation, thousands of people gathered for the opening of BCA’s new homes at 1 Windrush Square, Brixton. In 1981, the founder members (teachers, parents and activists) set out to establish a ‘Black museum’, seeing Black Cultural Archives as part of the continuum of the Black liberation struggle. The organisation has accomplished a great deal but the objective was never just to open a building but to establish a lasting national institution with a social change agenda. This talk reflects on the journey so far… from concept to future vision.

Venue: Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s College London, Strand Campus, The Strand – Monday February 20th, 6.30 pm. There will be a drinks’ reception at 5.30 pm in Chapters Bar, directly above the Safra Lecture Theatre.

All Welcome, free entry.

Directions: Enter the Strand Building next to Somerset House, pass through Reception and continue along a long corridor on the ground floor to a foyer where there are two large staircases on the right. Chapters is up these, turning right at the top. The Safra Lecture theatre is at the bottom of the staircases, on the ground floor, just beyond them on the left.