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Gravesham celebrates Black History Month

PUBLISHED: 10:01 16 September 2015 | UPDATED: 11:35 16 September 2015

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A fashion show and a talk on the history of migration will be among the events organised by Gravesham council next month to mark Black History Month.

A fashion show and a talk on the history of migration will be among the events organised by Gravesham Borough Council next month to mark Black History Month.

There will be an exhibition on slavery and immigration into Britain at the Blake Gallery in Gravesend, and a day of celebration on Wednesday, October 28 at the Woodville Theatre.

The event will feature food from around the world, talks on the history of migration, performances and a fashion show and will run from 11am to 5pm. There is no need to book a place - just turn up.

The exhibition opens at 6pm on Wednesday, October 7 and will be open daily until Saturday, October 31, from 9am to 8pm from Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 2pm on Sundays.

Tania McGee, one of the co-ordinators of the exhibition, said: “To me the history of where we came from and what happened to people before us that enables everyone to live cohesively is extremely important.

“We share a community and should share our history too.

“The exhibition is a look through the keyhole at Asian and Black history and migration. We are creating a glimpse into the past which covers lots of aspects including enslavement, human trade, immigration and the creation of the wealthy foundations on which society now stands.

“We would love to hear your stories and will try to include local history in the timeline as much as possible. If you have a story to tell about your migration to Great Britain or your family’s history, please contact me.”

Tania can be contacted on 01474 337822 or at tania.mcgee@gravesham.gov.uk.

On the opening night, the Paul Greengrass Cinema at the Woodville will be offering a free screening of Glory, a 1989 American war drama starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman. You can book tickets at www.woodville.co.uk.

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