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Our Work is Vital
It was in 1969 that Groundings with Our Brothers, by Walter Rodney was first published by Bogle-L’Ouverture, a seminal text that went on to inspire confidence in holding conversations about the truth about African history, and making sure that new Black voices were getting platforms to explore identity and culture from a non-colonial perspective, here in the UK and internationally. Today, we know that unlocking the knowledge, and understanding experience of migrant communities has become even more vital than before.
With your help we can share the values of difference, of Black identity, culture and learn about the combatting race discrimination and racism. With your financial support, can share more about the writings, books, activism and community initiatives, and with your networks, we can reach out to allies from all communities to help fund this essential work.
It’s thanks to the generous support of cultural partners, donors, funders, and volunteers that has enabled us to deliver our series of exhibitions, events, conferences and educational programmes, produced in their collaboration. However, times are tough and we need immediate funds to be able to continue this work to educate, eradicate and elevate.
Our campaigns: Jessica Huntley Memorial Fund
Jessica Huntley who passed away in 2013, believed in the power of access to an informed education. Always working as a member of a collective, Jessica was a fearless women. She helped and set up Saturday Schools, was one of the founders of the Black Parents Movement. She (and others) established The International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books to provide access to a wide range of perspectives and undeniably not freely available in the mainstream bookshops in the UK.
After Covid 19, hopefully in Oct 2021, we plan to launch the Jessica Huntley Memorial fund, inaugurated by an annual lecture series, in partnership with the V&A. The net proceeds from this initiative, and others fundraising efforts, will underwrite an annual bursary fund for students of African Caribbean descent, where we plan to make a contribution towards their studies in literature, history, art, social sciences or archives. We are looking to connect with a commercial partner and a higher education body, (college or university) to ensure that this is maintainable bursary fund for at least a period of 10 years.
Our campaigns: Annual Conference 2021
It’s essential for FHALMA to attract new friends and funds to enable us to carry out our vital work: to share the narratives found in the Huntley Archives about the fight for identity, creativity, and innovative activism that combat marginalisation and prejudice.
Our annual conference is a stalwart educational and respected community project in the Black history calendar. We must provide that space and place for innovations, debate, lessons and discoveries. February 2021 may see us deliver a different kind of conference, with digital engagement and social media being a big part of the planning access. However we will plan for a major event to acknowledge and reflect on 40th anniversary of the 1981 Uprisings.
There has never been a better time to double down and find ways to connect communities, combat racism and increase cohesion, something which Jessica and Eric Huntley spent their entire lives acting upon.
Help us to deliver on action. Our ask is to find supporters, donors, volunteers and contributors to empower the community action, campaigning spirit and social change that we wish to inspire through our educational initiatives, visual art/archive exhibitions and public programmes.
If you can’t get involved right now, then do us a huge favour and spread the work by spreading the word. Thank you so much, Friends.