Baroness Floella Benjamin is to open the first annual lecture dedicated to educationalist Len Garrison at the Black Cultural Archives next Thursday and the Brixton Blog has two tickets to giveaway!
On Thursday 20 November former BBC children’s presenter Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE will be at the Black Culture Archives to introduce the first annual Len Garrison Memorial Lecture. This year’s lecture will focus on black representations in children’s literature, the media and the impact on children growing up in Britain during 1980-2000. There will also be a special performance from spoken word artist Nat Nye and a tribute poem by Tunde Garrison.
The annual lecture series is dedicated to the Black Cultural Archives co-founder Len Garrison, who was an educationalist, activist, poet and advocate for children’s education and teaching of black history. His vision of building a museum dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating African and Caribbean history in Britain was been to fruition with the opening of Black Cultural Archives in Brixton earlier this year.
Len Garrison was also known for pioneering the ACER (Afro-Caribbean Education Resource) Project, which launched teaching resources into schools and influenced the National Curriculum. The work of ACER throughout the 1970s and 1980s promoted the importance British black children having a greater understanding of their history.
The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session, light refreshments and an opportunity to view the current BCA exhibition ‘Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain’, which closes 30 November. Tickets are £20 (£15 conc.) and available from the BCA website or by calling them on 020 3756 5800.
The Brixton Blog has a pair of tickets to give away! Just send the answer to the following question to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight 18th November.
Which is the children’s BBC programme that Floella Benjamin is best known for presenting?
a.) Play School
b.) Play Days
c.) Play Time
It would be fascinating for Floella Benjamin to tell the community what role she placed in the 30-year battle to establish the Black Cultural Archives.
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