Event organisers in Southampton are looking forward to opening their doors for a month long celebration of Black history.
It's the 11th year Black History Month has been celebrated in the city and community organisations and businesses are getting ready to host activities.
With exhibitions, screenings and musical performances planned, people of all ages and ethnicities can be entertained while learning about the positive contributions that Black people, over the years, have made in the south.
- An exhibition exploring the role of Black women in society by Radian Housing, from 11am to 2pm on Saturday 3rd October, at the Newtown YMCA, Graham Road.
- A presentation of a ‘Black Plaque’ to the Red Cross, in honour of Red Cross volunteer, Mae Street-Kidd (1904–1999). From 11am, Thursday 15th October, at the Royal South Hants Hospital, Mary Seacole Wing at the Healthy Bites Cafeteria.
- First showing of the short film BLACK, which stars Black men from Southampton. From 8pm to 9pm, Friday 16th October at The Stage Door, 78 West Marlands Road.
- The One World Fair, showcasing Southampton's cultural diversity through food, interactive stalls and workshops. From 2pm to 5pm, Friday 30th October, at Southampton Solent University, Sir James Matthews Building.
- Godfrey Brandt's Chords and Lyrics 2, an evening of spoken word poetry and jazz, from 7.30pm on Friday 30th October at Mettricks Tea & Coffee House, 117 High Street.
For a full calendar of events visit, Discover Southampton.
Black History Month has been launched in the South. The four weeks of music, dance and exhibitions aim to promote knowledge of black history and raise cultural awareness. Key themes this year are 'Black Women in History' and a campaign to teach black history in schools. Interviewees: Stephanie Pitter, Black History Campaigner, and Lou Taylor, Black History Month Coordinator.
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The history of music is full of talented people, who never had the recognition they deserved during their lifetimes. That's especially true for black musicians, among them jazz saxophonist Joe Harriott. He died, destitute, in Southampton, in 1973.
He'd been a trail-blazer in the 1960s and now, as part of Black History month, he's finally being brought to a wider audience. Rachel Hepworth joined fans and friends of Joe who gathered at his graveside to pay tribute.
She spoke to his biographer Stella Muirhead; Southampton's Black History co-ordinator Don John; and those who knew him including Concorde Club owner Cole Mathieson, and Marilyn Layton, who nursed Joe in his final weeks.
Don John, Co-ordinator, Black History Month, explains the allure of saxophonist Joe Harriott, who died in poverty in 1973, despite being one of the finest saxophone players of his generation.
Music lovers have gathered in Hampshire as part of Black History Month, to remember an unsung hero of the Jazz scene.
Joe Harriott died in poverty in 1973, despite being one of the finest saxophone players of his generation.
Tributes were paid at his graveside in Southampton.