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VIRTUAL: African History at the Tower of London: Black mental health

07 September 2021, 6:30 pm–8:15 pm

African History Tower of London

Harry Cumberbatch MBE pioneered an innovative project that used black history to empower African/Caribbean people with mental health issues

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Sarah Parker Remond Centre / Black History Walks
k.karhu@ucl.ac.uk

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

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

Harry Cumberbatch MBE pioneered an innovative project that used black history to empower African/Caribbean people with mental health issues. Two books, including African history at the Tower of London (2008) were published by THACMHO (Tower Hamlets Mental Health Organisations Health Through History project). They also published Power Writers (2003) a collection of essays about five African activists including Phyllis Wheatley and Oluadah Equiano, who lived in East London in the 1700s and used words to fight for freedom.

Both books were researched and compiled by black people with mental health challenges and they also delivered walking tours and exhibitions on Black History. Service Users improved their self esteem and developed a strong sense of identity while participating.

This interactive session will feature conversational memories with Harry Cumberbatch and Tony Warner, author of Black History Walks in London Volume 1, with videos, music and photographs, plus questions and answers. We will cover:

  • African history in the Tower of London 1500's to 2010
  • Black power writers of the 18th century
  • London, Sugar and Slavery exhibition (Museum of Docklands) and THACMHO role in its curation
  • From Merchant Navy sailor, to bus driver, to first black youth worker in Newham
  • Black British Civil Rights: 1960s to 2000s Race Relations Acts, the fight for equality
  • How history can repair mental health
  • Heritage and intergenerational work with the Tony Cheeseman foundation www.tonycfounation.com 

For more information on THACMHO click here.

Harry Cumberbatch