Black History Month Glasgow 2016



1 – 31 October, 2016

CRER offers a full programme of events at various venues throughout the city.

‘CRER hopes you enjoy this year’s programme of events and that you will be encouraged to play your part in challenging racism in Scotland.’

Some Highlights from the Glasgow Programme


Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) Black History Month Launch 2016

Glasgow Launch

Thu 29 Sep at 18:00, Merchant City

Come and join CRER in celebrating Black History Month 2016! The event will mark the beginning of a month long celebration of the contribution made by Black men and women to Scotland’s heritage. This year’s MC will be Scotland’s Makar Jackie Kay and speakers will include Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security & Equalities. Refreshments will be provided

Trades Hall Of Glasgow, 85 Glassford Street, Merchant City, G1 1UH

CRER Black History Month 2016 Tour: Slavery and Abolition

Saturday, 1 October 2016 from 14:00 to 16:00

George Square, Glasgow, G2 1DU

Slavery and Abolition

Dr Micheal Morris, Liverpool John Moore University

Glasgow’s George Square was laid out in 1781 and the statues, erected between 1819 and 1902, are designed to celebrate scientists, writers, military figures, politicians and royals But these sculptures and monuments largely tell
a sanitised story of Empire – whether a clean story of trade from the Clyde, or an orderly procession of colonised peoples paying tribute to a monarch. Doctor Michael Morris’s walk and talk looks to highlight a more difficult context and to provide counter-narrative to this cleaned up history. Join him as he reveals a hidden history of Scotland’s complicated involvement in slavery associated with each and every one of the statues on display.


There’s Glass Between Us

– a collection of portraits by Glaswegian photographer Kim Simpson.

Perspective Cafe supports:
in association with McCune Smith

1 – 14 October, 2016

There’s Glass Between Us is a collection of portraits by Glaswegian photographer Kim Simpson. The series explores the invisible yet prevalent barriers people of colour face in Western society throughout their daily lives.
This series has been inspired by the on-going experiences faced by Kim through raising her mixed-race daughter, in a Scottish town. The series aims to generate conversations about Race, Visual Norms, Perception and encourages viewers to question their own belief systems.

Creative writer, Laura Mueni Bilton, will be giving a spoken word performance inspired by the series during the launch. Complementary drinks reception, courtesy of Barefoot Wines & FOAL.

Free Donations Welcome
Event on Facebook

McCune Smith Cafe, 3 – 5 Duke Street, Glasgow G4 0UL


Michael Kiwanuka National Tour

Thursday 6 October, 2016

The Art School Glasgow

Playing a part of his Black History Month UK Tour Michael Kiwanuka will is very pleased to announce a full tour of the UK

The shows will follow the release of the young British musician’s second album, Love & Hate, released on the 27th May.

Last week, Michael announced his return with the Hiro Murai directed video for first single, Black Man In A White World to widespread acclaim.

Watch the video

Love & Hate was produced by Michael in collaboration with Danger Mouse and young British producer Inflo, and marks a bold, confident and ultimately significant second step for Kiwanuka

The Art School Glasgow, The Art School: GSA Students’ Association, bn20 Scott Street, Glasgow



Culinary Legacies of Colonialism:
An Anti-Colonial Menu

Sunday 2nd October, 2016

£10 (includes film ticket and two course meal)

Tickets available here through Eventbrite 

An Anti-Colonial Menu looks to discuss ancestral delicacies from the African continent pre-colonial rule. This one off dine and view event looks to discuss the politics and heritage of African cooking as one of the most diverse, yet least experienced, least understood cuisines in the world, through the research of historical foods and lost recipes from all of Africa – with the idea that the hangover of colonial rule also extends its legacy within the everyday food experience.

This communal dining experience will be followed by the film Black Girl.

This event is brought to you by Black History Month, Soul Food Sisters, Africa in Motion Film Festival, Küche and African Challenge Scotland.  Event on Facebook

Black Girl

La noire de… (Black Girl) | Ousmane Sembène | Senegal/France 1966 | 1h5m | French with English subtitles | 12

This recently and beautifully restored version of Black Girl is pioneering Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène’s first feature film, and is one of the first features by a director from sub-Saharan Africa. The film tells the tragic story of Diouana, a young Senegalese woman who finds work as a childminder for a French couple in Dakar. When the couple return to the south of France, she goes with them, dreaming of a life of luxury and fine clothes on the Côte d’Azur. However, things don’t turn out as she planned. A very moving and beautifully filmed portrayal of the gradual breakdown of a fragile, young woman, this is a great opportunity to see one of the genuine classics of African cinema.

Kinning Park Complex
43 Cornwall Street
G41 1BA

Mama Africa and the African Children’s Choir



Street Level Photoworks, 15th October 2-5pm
Free & unticketed, all welcome.

Glasgow’s African Caribbean Women’s Association present an afternoon celebrating black women and featuring a performance from the African Children’s choir.

This event coincides with the ‘New Shoots Old Roots’ exhibition at Hillhead Library (07 Oct – 20 Nov). For details see Black History Month 2016

Images taken from the New Shoots Old Roots project.


Kim Simpson: Girls & Their Mothers

Street Level are hosting/supporting several exhibitions to coincide with Black History Month.

03 – 27 October

Another chance to see this poignant series during Black History Month at Eastwood Park Theatre and Gallery, Eastwood Park,, Rouken Glen Rd, Giffnock G46 6UG and Barrhead Health & Care Centre, 213 Main St, Barrhead, Glasgow G78 1SL.

More information at Street Level Photography

Havana Glasgow Film Festival Launch

Friday 7 October, 2016

7.30 p.m.

Celebrate the Twin Cities of Glasgow and Havana with the launch of Havana Film Festival  11 – 19 November, 2016

Bread and Butter, 74 Buchanan Street, G1 3AG

Free event – register for attendance



Civil Rights, Past, Present and Future
Delivered by Anita Shelton
Admission Free.
To register email

Friday 7th October
Doors Open: 5.30pm
Lecture: 6.00pm -7 p.m

Anita will reflect on her own experiences of the civil rights movement in the USA and give insight into current civil rights  issues in Scotland and beyond.  


STUC Centre,      
333 Woodlands Road       
Glasgow, G3 6NG

 Black History Month Glasgow Listings

Glasgow Festival of Americana 2016 at CCA, 8 –9 October, 2016
Reverieme The Glad Cafe 14 October, 2016 with Crawford Smith

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