South Gloucestershire Race Equality Network (SGREN) made local history with their first ever Black History Month 2019 event which coincided with the 20th anniversary of Bradley Stoke Library. The occasion was commemorated by the Mayor of Bradley Stoke Tom Aditya. 

An electic night of spoken word, poetry and music was held by Shaun Clarke’s Urban Word Collective who showcased artists with inspirational words Amani Kofi, Pearl Kofi and the inimitable Fellow Dread. African Drums were provided by Blaggy and Joe Bongos on and guest open spots were provided by Mel Lewis, Alphert, Alphonse and the Chair of SGREN Shiv Sama. 


Author, SGREN co-ordinator and consultant Roger Griffith hosted the event and provided context on Black History Month paying tribute to its founder Carter G. Woodson in a poem. 

By the end of the night the audience were up dancing to the African rhythms and beats! SGREN would like to thank sponsors South Gloucestershire Libraries, South Gloucestershire Council and CVS South Gloucestershire. 

Martin Burton Cultural Services Manager for South Gloucestershire Council said ‘In addition to their range of words and music they also contributed their passion and enthusiasm which both entertained and challenged the audience. Although the quality was extremely high, the evening was very informal and included participation by members of the audience who were encouraged to read or sing during the evening.’ 

Urban Word Collective’s latest book is out now  Roger Griffith readlist is here  

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Black History Month 2019 Readlist 

To mark Black History Month 2019 LibrariesWest have launched a reading list featuring books chosen by Roger Griffith (@rogerg44), a successful West of England author, social entrepreneur and local radio personality. The book list features authors from around the world featuring writers lived experience. Roger has selected, biographies, poetry, history, current affairs and books for young people. Roger said “This is a very personal list of books that will challenge people’s thinking and help understand the rich and varied lives from across the African diaspora. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did selecting this list! Please let me know what you think and feel free to let me know your personal favourites and why.”


Click the link here for the full link 


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