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COME TOGETHER: Educationalist, social analyst and consultant Professor Gus John will be the main speaker at the dinner event

SEVERAL BLACK men are gathering in Leicester this weekend to discuss their role in society.

The all-male dinner and discussion, bearing the title, The Role of Black Men in Our Society, is to be held on Saturday November 19 at the African Caribbean Centre in Leicester.

Organisers told The Voice that the dinner hopes to unite men of African descent to address issues affecting men in the black community.

“(The aim) is getting the men…. wherever they have originated from to come together as African heritage men (and) as brothers to know one another and encourage each other,” said David McFarlane, executive member of event organisers The Clarion Voice, an organisation aims to educate the black community about politics.

McFarlane continued: “In the county of Leicester, black groups or people of African heritage groups can be quite spread and not mix with each other.”

“It will be good to see men come out,” he added.

Educationalist, social analyst and consultant Professor Gus John will be the main speaker at the dinner event, organised by the Clarion’s male sub-committee.

“We believe the only way that we as people of African heritage are going to make progress in this society is when we come together and unite and this is one of the main objects of this exercise,” explained McFarlane, whose group was set up two years ago to tackle the lack of black representatives in politics and increase black interest in participating.

He told The Voice that it is important for the group to get the definition of African heritage right.

He said: “African heritage is defined as people from the continent as well as the Diaspora that would include African Americans, African Caribbean’s, African British etc. When I say African heritage, it’s not just people from the continent. We’d rather use that term because even people from the Caribbean - the majority descended from Africa.”

There will be an array of food available, which McFarlane said is an important part of the gathering: “We will be having different types of foods from the African continent as well as from the Caribbean and elsewhere so people can have a taste of each others food. It sounds simple but it does make a huge difference for people getting to know each other.”

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