SGREN CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2019 AND 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF BRADLEY STOKE LIBRARY
BRADLEY STOKE LIBRARY EVENT FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2019
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 https://www.urbanwordcollective.co.uk/ Roger Griffith readlist is here https://www.librarieswest.org.uk/client/en_GB/default rogergriffith.co.uk