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5-WEEK COURSE:

THE AFRICAN FIGHT:

THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF WWI AND THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME

5TH, 12TH, 19TH, 26TH OCTOBER AND 2ND NOVEMBER 2016


During this brand new course, we will investigate the turbulent relationship with Europe and African nations from the end of the 19th century to the early 20th century. We will discover how African people went from fighting against European nations such as Britain, to fighting for them on various fronts.


Students will explore the African contribution on several continents, during World War One, including key events such as the Battle of the Somme and evaluate the effects of the war for Africans in the diaspora in the 20th and 21st centuries.


This will be a 5-week comprehensive course for all abilities.



THE THIN BLACK LINE OF SOLDIERS: WHEN THE DRUM BEGINS TO ROLL

TUESDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2016

6.30PM-8PM

THE LIBRARY AT WILLESDEN GREEN, 95 HIGH ROAD, LONDON, NW10 2SF

2016 marks 100 years since the start of the Battles of the Somme - the bloodiest series of battles fought during World War I that saw approximately 1.2 million soldiers lose their lives.

 

Historians have begun to uncover the stories of soldiers of African descent who took part in the Battles of the Somme and many other campaigns during the war. What is often not understood is that people of African descent from all over the world fought for both sides. Men, who were blighted by combating oppression and bowed by colonial regimes, broke their backs to work and fight in the war.

 

Their contribution to the war would have significant effects on the course of the 20th century and the future of colonialism.

 

Join the historian Onyeka who uncovers fascinating information on the 'thin black line' of World War I


AFRICA IN WORLD WAR I

FRIDAY 19TH AUGUST 2016

10.30-13.00

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

Join Narrative Eye, in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum, as we explore the battles and conflicts that took place during the First World War on the African continent.

Looking at rare materials held by the Imperial War Museum, we will discover how the First World War impacted the lives of people in Africa. This event will be a great educational experience for the whole family.



THE CENTENARY EVENT

TUESDAY 26TH JULY 2016

7PM-8.30PM

WESTBOURNE STUDIOS, 242 ACKLAM ROAD, LONDON, W10 5JJ

Join Narrative Eye for the latest event from the Battle of the Somme Project which seeks to explore the rich history surrounding the African contribution to the First and Second World Wars, and the influential impact made by many African colonial troops.

This event will provide an array of presentations and talks as an educational and inspiring event for the entire family.


THE AFRICAN FIGHT IN WORLD WAR I

 FRIDAY 22ND JULY 2016

1.30-2.15PM

PEPPERPOT DAY CENTRE, W10



BATTLE OF THE SOMME AT PIMLICO LIBRARY

TUESDAY 24TH MAY

5.30-7PM

THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME PROJECT

Battle of the Somme Booklet.pdf

The Battle of the Somme Project will investigate the presence and contribution of Black soldiers during this key battle of World War One.

2016 will mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in which there were Black soldiers present from Britain, the Caribbean, and Africa.

This project will include a 5-week course, museum visits, a new play and other activities to celebrate the contribution these soldiers made to the Battle of the Somme and WWI.


For more information, please email

 info@narrative-eye.org.uk or call 07837 293 224