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2023 - 2024 Black History Programme
Black History Month 2023
My live Black History Month sessions Celebrating the Achievements of Black Women kicks off at Coffee Nubia on the 10th October.
All presentations are interactive and uses quizzes, questions and answers, and discussions to ensure an enjoyment and educational experience.
All sessions will begin at 7.30pm and everyone is welcome!
My book, "Dreams of Freedom: A Collection of Jamaican Short Stories", will also be on sale at a reduced price of £8 each.
There will be a small charge for the use of the space.
Other Black History Month 2023 Events
Thursday 4th October
Tuesday 17th October
"A Brief History of Black Music"
by Linford Sweeney
See above, Tuesday 17th October
Monday 9th October
These sessions are mostly open to Trafford Borough Council residents.
Wednesday 25th October
'A Selection of Women of the
US Civil Rights Movement'.
Wednesday 25th October
Thursday 12th October
To book your place, please go to Eventbrite:
Manchester Black History Group
Manchester Black History Group was developed to provide education in Black history to everyone.
Regular events are usually held at Coffee Nubia (find out more) in Manchester, including Just Write which is a creative writing group designed to encourage new writers and support existing writers in their development.
Other sessions and classes include programmes focused on ancient, medieval, and modern Black history topics and issues, films, and tours.
For more information email
Linford Sweeney specialises in delivering
the following programmes:
Black History in Pictures
A slide show highlighting some positive and some not seen before images of black people from the Ancient Egyptians through to modern times.
The above slideshow depicts drawings and photographs of ancient Egypt & Egyptians.
Dreams of Freedom
This book, a mixture of historical and contemporary short stories, is a first collection of short stories written by Linford Sweeney and published in 2016.
It brings to life past events about slaves and slaves masters and captures the spirit and times of the early 1800s during a turbulent period of slavery in Jamaica that had lasted from the 1500s until the mid-1800s.
The stories in this book also covers more recent childhood memories (based on the author's own life in Jamaica), family life, death, love, and even a ghost story thrown in.
This book was published in 2016 and available from Lulu. Signed copies can be purchased directly from me by email. Click here.
An important project that translates the real life stories of pioneering people, the Windrush generation and their children, who came from challenging colonial environments to uncharted waters and 'The Mother Country'.
Hercules Productions, with its inspirational actor and founder Marcus Hercules, created opportunities for a project that involved intergenerational work and produced a film, drama production, and book.
For the book, Linford Sweeney interviewed selected people from two community groups in Manchester, co-edited their stories, and this was published by Hercules Productions in 2015.
This book is available on Amazon.
European ways are not African ways,
no respect for the intuition of ancient days,
Not this logical, restricted, and stagnant flow
instead a spiritual freedom and creative glow
All our history was designed to define us, combine us and refine us.
All their history did was to confine us, consign us and undermine us.
And yet we survived, through all the pain,
and still as strong and dignified people we remain.
The sacred laws of Ma'at - Truth, Justice and Harmony,
Spiritually connected to the divine universal ceremony;
where each enchanting, distant and pulsating star,
was admired, celebrated and worshipped from afar
In unity there was ubuntu: I am because you are
no need for greed, disunity, strife or war;
where African principles stood boldly to witness
daily dances and celebration of togetherness.
There was a great king of Mali, Mansa Musa was his name;
the world's richest man, even today remains the same.
A man of kindness, dignity and great compassion
Who built a great empire and ruled a unified nation,
where there was thirst for knowledge, and Timbuktu
became the great African learning centre to rise anew.
Bless the ancestors, the wise ones, and even the fools,
since upon their backs were written universal rules;
build civilisations that lasted thousands of years.
Today we salute their achievements in joy and tears.
©2015 Linford Sweeney
For more poems like this go to: My Poems
Inspiration for Historians
People From Black History
Lindy Delapenha - footballer
Runoko Rashidi was a historian, essayist, author and public lecturer based in Los Angeles, California, and Paris, France. He is the author of Introduction to the Study of African Classical Civilizations] (1993) and the editor of Unchained African Voices, a collection of poetry and prose by Death Row inmates at California's San Quentin maximum-security prison. He also supported the work of controversial scholars like the late Ivan Van Sertima.
J A Rogers
Joel Augustus Rogers was a Jamaican American author, journalist, and historian who focused on the history of Africa, as well as the African diaspora. After settling in the United States in 1906, he lived in Chicago and then New York City. He became interested in the history of African Americans in the United States.
Carter G Woodson
Carter Godwin Woodson was an American historian, author, journalist, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was one of the first scholars to study the history of the African diaspora, including African American history.
Cheikh Anta Diop
Cheikh Anta Diop was a Senegalese historian, anthropologist, physicist, and politician who studied the human race's origins and pre-colonial African culture. Diop's work is considered foundational to the theory of Afrocentricity, though he himself never described himself as an Afro-centrist.
John Henrik Clarke
John Henrik Clarke was an African-American historian, professor, and pioneer in the creation of Pan-African and Africana studies and professional institutions in academia starting in the late 1960s.
Dr Ben Jochannan
"Dr Ben" was an American writer and historian. He was considered to be one of the more prominent Afrocentric scholars by some Black Nationalists, while most mainstream scholars, such as Mary Lefkowitz, dismissed him because of the basic historical inaccuracies in his work, as well as disputes about the authenticity of his educational degrees and academic credentials.
Dr Joy Degruy Leary
Dr. Joy Angela DeGruy is an author, academic, and researcher, who previously served as assistant professor at the Portland State University School of Social Work. She is current president and CEO of DeGruy Publications, Inc. She is most known for her book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, originally published by UpTone Press in 2005 and revised and republished in 2017 by JDP Inc. DeGruy and her research projects have featured in news and activist coverage of contemporary African-American social issues.
Robin Walker is a historian considered to be the UK’s most preeminent African scholar. Robin has been teaching and lecturing in African World Studies, Egyptology, and Black History for nearly three decades. He is a best-selling author with over sixteen books to his name, including the critically acclaimed work When We Ruled.