Though I was not able to get in to visit the Black Women in Britain exhibition due to queues so long (people having travelled down from as far as Scotland and Australia!), I was also fortunate enough to be invited to donate my African Musical Instruments book which was the least I could do in return for an impromptu birthday present!
The Black Cultural Archive was founded in 1981 with the aim to collect, preserve and celebrate the heritage and history of Black people in Britain. The BCA is the UK’s first dedicated Black heritage centre in Brixton, London in July 2014 with the new location allowing greater access to the archive collection, dedicated learning spaces and an exciting programme of exhibitions and events that explore British history from a unique perspective.
I did meet many of my peers of the 25-30 age bracket and it was great to see some children here too; getting the history to the young ones is of course a great concern I address in my own work, but we also take the time to remember those who passed in the 30 year wait before their dream came to fruition. Len Garrison founder of the BCA died of a heart attack in 2003 aged 59. He was arguably the most important figure in the black British community's exploration and understanding of its history. A historian, poet and educationist, his work in creating and developing materials based on the experience of African and Caribbean pupils gave a major impetus to the development of a multicultural curriculum in British schools.
So come down and celebrate his and our legacy with a coffee (it's free entry after all!) between Tuesday and Sunday!
Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
1 Othello Close, London SE11 4RE
020 7582 8516
The Guardian Newspaper: Len Garrison: Recording the history of black Britons for future generations
Black Cultural Archives website: www.bcaheritage.org.uk