Broadcaster and historian David Olusoga presented the four part BBC TV series called Black and British: A Forgotten History, which looked at the untold stories of black Britons dating back hundreds of years. The stories touch on everything from the Battle of Trafalgar to the First and Second World Wars. The last episode features an interview and the photographic work of Neil Kenlock, who talked about his experiences in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
A new exhibition featuring work by black photographers and drawn from the Victoria and Albert’s collection has opened at two venues – both at the V&A itself and at the Black Cultural Archive in Brixton.
The pictures document the experience of black people in Britain from the end of World War Two through to the 1990s.
Jamaican-born photographer Neil Kenlock contributed to the show, entitled Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s – 1990s, and spoke to the BBC about the images of hope, conflict, struggle – and the anticipation of a better life in the UK.
Video produced by Sylvia Smith & Richard Duebel
Anne-Marie Angelo, PhD Candidate in Duke University’s History Department interviewed Neil Kenlock as part of her research project. While the Black Panther Movement is largely associated with the U.S., Angelo’s dissertation focuses on Black Panther groups in the United Kingdom and Israel. Like their American counterparts, these were potent movements fighting for equal rights and to have their voices heard.
While this short film gives a taste of Angelo’s research, it also features her experience living in Cairo during the Arab Spring. The firsthand experience of a revolution resonated greatly with her research on the Black Panthers.
The music featured in this film includes:
Quality and Anger (Aestrid Byrne) / CC BY-SA 3.0
Human Sacrifice For Beginners (The Emer Mulholland Group) / CC BY-SA 3.0
Invisible Walls (Revolution Void) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
As We May Think (Revolution Void) / CC BY-NC 3.0
During the 70s and 80s Brixton played host to Black Panthers, militant squatters and revolutionary feminists – Channel 4 News meets the era’s key players to find out what became of their revolution.