Gary Younge 'Free at Last: Reclaiming the forgotten stories of Black History'

Gary Younge 'Free at Last: Reclaiming the forgotten stories of Black History'

Tue 20 October 2015 19:00-20:30
Francis Close Hall Campus, room TC001

Black History Month gives us all a chance to rescue stories that have been discarded, correct stories that have been mistold and elevate stories that have been downplayed. Black history is not a subgenre of history. Nor does it stand apart from other histories. It makes no more or less sense than American history, Jewish history or Tudor history. Nor is it any more or less diverse – black historians don't agree on everything just because they're black. Partial, interconnected, necessary, it is the world's history told either about or through the prism of a particular group of people.”


Gary Younge, a feature writer and columnist for The Guardian and The Nation, is the author of several books such as No Place Like Home: A Black Briton's Journey Through the American South (1999), and The Speech: The Story Behind Dr Martin Luther King Jr's Dream (2013). His writing both in relation to the civil rights movement, race in the US, and current global affairs, make him one of the key voices on race relations in our time. After 12 years living in the USA Gary is moving back to the UK and has agreed to be a guest speaker during Black History month in Cheltenham.

We are delighted to welcome Gary to the University.

Date: Tuesday 20th of October, 7pm-8.30pm

Venue: Francis Close Hall Campus, room TC001

Price: £5 

(staff/students free but you will still need to 'buy' your free ticket.)

There will be a guestlist on the door (no physical tickets issued) and there will be refreshments served afterwards.

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