Black history in the spotlight in Sheffield

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Celebrations are under way for Sheffield’s biggest Black History Month yet - featuring events, talks, activities and trips.

The programme is being co-ordinated by Sheffield University’s Black and Minority Ethnic Students’ Committee.

A night of poetry and performance will be headlined by American poet Tshaka Campbell and at the Showroom Cinema there are showings featuring directors including Walter Mosley and Charles Burnett.

There will also be a live link-up with the National Theatre’s production of Othello starring Adrian Lester in the title role.

Prominent legal officer Nazir Afzal will be giving a talk, as will Zimbabwean princess and women’s rights activist Betty Makoni.

There will also be a visit to a Sikh temple, an art exhibition, a jazz evening and a trip to the Slavery Museum in Liverpool.

“The programme is centred around the achievements and struggles of BME people in the United Kingdom and we think there is something for everyone,” said committee chair Abdullah Geelah.

“We have also been collaborating with the Showroom and Sheffield Hallam University to put on some unmissable events.”