Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


VIRTUAL: 60 Black Plaques and Nubian Jak

30 June 2021, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm

Nubian Jak plaques

Amazing Black British history has been memorialised in 60 black plaques and two statues. The dynamo behind Nubian Jak reveals all

This event is free.

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Sarah Parker Remond Centre / Black History Walks

This is an online event. Zoom link will be sent 30 minutes before the start.

This event is organised by Black History Walks in collaboration with UCL's Sarah Parker Remond Centre

Jak Beula, the man behind 60 historic blue plaques and two statues which all recognise outstanding African/Caribbean people speaks about the plaques and his journey to unveiling them.

The powerhouse institution known as the Nubian Jak Community Trust has installed plaques to African Romans, Bob Marley, Dr Harold Moody, Frank Bates, Amy Garvey, World War Two veterans, musical millionaires, Pan Africanists, radical lawyers, Olympians, classical composers, freedom fighters, politicians, revolutionaries, and many more.

On the 5th July 2021 Nubian Jak will unveil the first and only statue to African and Caribbean nurses. This statue, at Whittington Hospital in Archway, North London follows on from his installation of the African-Caribbean war memorial in Brixton.

What these numerous plaques and statues have in common is that mainstream institutions studiously ignored the call and need for such memorials for decades. These permanent records would not exist but for Jak Beula.

In this online, illustrated session we will review some of the less well -known and famous plaques with rare insights as to how each plaque became a reality.

About Nubian Jak

Dr Jak Beula started his illustrious career as a singer-song writer and model, before becoming a social worker with Islington Council. After working with young people who were disaffected and marginalized by society, he decided to produce an “uplifting” board game which offered positive role models of people of African descent. The game was named “Nubian Jak” and became a multi-award winning success both in the UK, and parts of the US. The Nubian Jak game today now includes books, a mobile app, and an English Heritage approved African history commemoration programme considered by many to be the most well known Black plaque and sculpture scheme in the world.

Cy Grant

Phillis Wheatley

Laurie Cunningham

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