Our African roots exhibition

Our African Roots
Tuesday 11 October - Saturday 7 January 2012

Our African Roots opens at the council run Hackney Museum as part of Black History Month celebrations.

We all know the whole of humanity has its roots in the great continent of Africa - civilisation began there. This thought provoking exhibition explores how Hackney s Africans, from youth to elders, keep and celebrate their own culture in the heart of London. Their personal possessions and their stories, along with photographs, early maps from the Royal Geographic Society and African objects from the Horniman Museum, will reveal how important it is to retain one s own identity.

Ahmed Bockarie Kamara, one of the local people interviewed for the exhibition said: "My first impression, as somebody coming to London from a third world country to a first world country, was one of awe. I loved Hackney when I first came here. It was this melting pot of dynamism. I really thought I wouldn’t meet so many people of my colour. I was surprised that it was completely different from the way I’d imagined it. It was an eye opener. I’ve never lived in a society so metropolitan, so mixed. It made me feel at home, more at ease, more confident about myself and my prospects."

Black History Month is an annual celebration of the contribution that Black African and Caribbean communities have made both locally and across the globe. This year Hackney Council is celebrating ‘Roots, Culture and Tradition’ by highlighting some of the cultural traditions that are rooted within families from Hackney’s Black community.

There is something for everyone including sessions featuring guest speakers, academics, music workshops, seminars, creative writing sessions and film screenings. Most events are free and taking place at Hackney Museum and the Council’s libraries until December 2010. Sometimes you may need to book in advance, so please keep an eye on the Council’s website for new additions and events.

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