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Black History Month 2013

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by David Vincent (subscribe)
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Black histories remembered
Birmingham's Black History Month returns this October for a packed programme of visual art, music, talks, performances and more.

Here's Weekend Notes' Top Five events.

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Autograph ABP Archive In Focus: Back In The Day
1. Autograph ABP Archive In Focus: Back In The Day
A selection of photographs from the archives of renowned photo' agency Autograph ABP, that highlights the work of John Goto, Bandele 'Tex' Ajetunmobi, Raphael Albert, James Barnor, Colin Jones, , Neil Kenlock, Vron Ware and Syd Shelton. Taken over a period of more than three decades (though with an emphasis on '68-'78), the images range from social documentary (with scenes of protest and inner city racism) to staged portraiture, and aim, as the on-site exhibition text states, to "offer insight into the experiences of black people during an uneasy era signified by civic turmoil, racial discrimination and a wider struggle for social justice."
Fri 27 September to Thu 31 October
The Drum Arts Centre, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham B6 4UU
10am-5.30pm weekdays, Sat-Sun open alongside only events only
0121 333 2444

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Hurvin Anderson: Reporting Back
2. Hurvin Anderson: Reporting Back
A new exhibition by Birmingham-born painter Hurvin Anderson, with works inspired by his life in Handsworth and also time spent in Trinidad in 2002.
Until Sun 10 November
Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS
11am-6pm Tuesday-Sunday (closed Mondays)
0121 248 0708

3. Dreams of the Black Panthers: An in-conversation with the Black Panthers
JoNina Abron-Ervin and Lorenzo E. Ervin, former members of the US Black Panther party, recount their stories, as well as the history and legacy of the Black community's resistance against racism and state oppression. The Black Panthers were a political party active in the US who came to prominence domestically and internationally as part of the Black Power movement during the 1960s, although their influence has continued.
Sat 12 October
The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham B6 4UU
To book contact The Drum Box Office 0121 333 2444

4. Benjamin Zephaniah: Multiculturalism An Urban Sermon
The poet, writer, TV and radio presenter, and occasional actor Benjamin discusses multiculturalism. This subject has a deeply personal importance for him and is of huge political, economic and social importance for the modern city. Look out for Benjamin in BBC2's hit drama, The Peaky Blinders
Wed 9 October
Birmingham Cathedral, Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2QB
10 / 8 (Concessions)

5. The Pomedy Show
The show is described by organisers as "an eclectic mix of Jamaican Poetry and Comedy celebrating laughter, love and learning for the entire family and community," and debuted in 2009 in Jamaica before arriving in the UK in 2011. For 2013, the line up includes Oliver Samuels, Mutabaruka, Joan Andrea Hutchinson, Ity and Fancy Cat, Oral Tracey, Rohan Gunter, Dr Michael Abrahams and Ping Wing, plus - of course - writer, reggae artist and Pomedy founder, Yasus Afari. A varied night of Jamaican humour.
Sun 27 October
The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham B6 4UU
10 (8) Concessions, More on the Door
To book tickets contact Box office 0121 333 2444

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Why? Celebrate the achievements, contributions and struggles of African, Asian and Caribbean peoples
When: October 2013
Where: Various venues, Birmingham
Cost: Various prices.
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