Learn about Leicester's Afro-Caribbean History: Tuesday 20 March

Posted by ep256 at Mar 19, 2018 11:32 AM |
As part of the Library's student volunteer-led Black History Project, our Archives and Special Collections will be showcasing the highlights of what we've uncovered so far.

The Library's own Black History Project, a volunteering scheme which started in October 2017, has seen our students explore the vast UoL and Leicester Mercury Archives to uncover the history of Leicester's vibrant Afro-Caribbean community.

Volunteers from a wide variety of academic backgrounds and levels have spent the last few months compiling boxes of material from the last fifty years, chronicling the high and low points of a community that has roots in Leicester stretching back over 60 years. From grassroots political activism and success, to student protests against discrimination, to the riots of the 1980s and through decades of cultural performances and festivals, we've uncovered a fascinating treasure trove of vital local history.

On Tuesday 20 March, you're invited to see that history on display. Between 11am and 1pm, we'll be holding a drop-in session in Special Collections (located in the Library basement), where students and staff are welcome to come by and look through some of the highlights so far. There'll be a range of original photographs, newspaper cuttings and student media on display, detailing the nuanced history of the local black community.

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