We celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of October in the United Kingdom. To pay tribute to such an important month Undeb Bangor will be working with a number of other organisations.
To coincide with Black History Month the best in new African cinema will be shown in Pontio throughout the month.
Our VP for Sport Tatenda Shonhiwa is proud to be taking the lead on this campaign. As the first black Sabbatical officer at Bangor Students' Union, he will be sharing stories about iconic figures within the black community, past and present.
The Afro Caribbean Society will be hosting an evening called 'Interculture' on the 7th of October 6pm at Powis Hall
Macka B & The Roots Ragga Band will be performing at Neuadd Ogwen on the 7th of November!
Today we're going to tell you about the beginning of Black History in Wales.
Black history in Wales starts around the growth of the slave trade and Welsh abolitionists who brought emancipated slaves back to Wales. We are talking a few centuries of a Black presence in Wales. The presence of Black people in wales has been steady that the oldest multi-ethnic community in Europe nicknamed “Tiger Bay” is in the Welsh capital city Cardiff where Dame Shirley Bassey was born on January 8, 1937. She was a singer from her childhood and her bold voice and perseverance helped her move beyond her impoverished upbringing. She was born of mixed race heritage to father Henry Bassey of Nigerian decent and an English mother. Dame Shirley Bassey reached levels of international acclaim that few other black British performers had seen before, she was also the first Welshperson to gain a No. 1 single in 1959. She recorded numerous hits throughout her career, including the theme songs for three James Bond films: Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker.
She received the Britt Award for “Best British Female Solo Artists” in 1977 and she was made Dame for her services to the performing arts in 2000.
Today we’ll let you know about the connection between a village in Jamaica and Penrhyn Castle in Bangor.
The wealthy Pennant family of Penrhyn Castle profited from two industries, Jamaican sugar and Welsh slate. The Pennant family were involved in the sugar industry and associated slave trade from the mid-seventeenth century. In 1765 Richard Pennant (grandson) married into the Penrhyn estate where he applied the profits from the family’s West Indian sugar plantation to develop the Penrhyn estate. Attention was turned to slate and improving transport links from the quarries to the port of Port Penrhyn with the vast amount of money profited from the slave industry. On the abolition of slavery in 1833, slave owners received compensation from the British government which resulted in the Pennant family receiving a sum for the loss of their 764 slaves. This huge amount of money £14,683 (around 1 and a half million in today’s value) arrived as the Pennant family were completing Penrhyn Castle and the money went towards the costly decoration of the castle.
Tomorrow afternoon at Storiel (October 6th 2pm-4pm) in Bangor, Dr Marian Gwyn will be discussing the origins and history of the Pennants and how and studying this little village can tell us a lot about early colonialism and human exploitation.