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Nottingham 'proud' to celebrate Black History Month

BLACK HISTORY: Viv Anderson, the first black player to represent England and a key member of Nottingham Forest’s European Cup winning side

WHEN IT comes to celebrating and recognising the contribution that African and African-Caribbean people have made to the UK over the many hundreds of years they’ve been a part of the country’s social fabric, Nottingham has plenty to be proud of.

The city’s impressive African/African-Caribbean heritage includes people like George Africanus, a West African former slave who made his name as the city’s first black entrepreneur in the 1700s, Viv Anderson, the first black player to represent England and a key member of Nottingham Forest’s European Cup winning side, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, this year’s BBC classical young musician of the year.

Also, Len Garrison, cultural historian, voted one of the greatest 100 Black Britons, Lyn Gilzene, local activist and campaigner, and Olympic gymnasts Becky and Ellie Downie.

Many ex-service personnel, like Oswald George Powe who fought during the Second World War. Powe, born in Kingston, Jamaica, joined the RAF in 1944, when he was only 17.

Councillor Toby Neal, Executive Councillor for Equalities, Customer Focus, IT and Technology said: “Nottingham has a long and proud African and African Caribbean heritage so it’s great that there is such as wide range of events taking place in the city to celebrate Black History Month this year.”

Venues holding Black History Month events include the New Art Exchange, Nottingham Contemporary, University of Nottingham, Nottingham Castle, Lakeside Arts, Nottingham Playhouse and the Theatre Royal/Royal Centre.

A Black History Month events programme can be downloaded at www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/whatson

You can also get updates via Facebook at /BlackHistoryNottm or Twitter @BHMNottm

More information on Black History Month nationally can be found at www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk

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