Black History Month

The theme of Black History Month is to focus on celebrating being Black or Brown, and to inspire and share the pride people have in their heritage and culture.  Black History Month happens in the USA in February and is also known as African-American History Month.  In the UK Black History Month happens in October.

In addition in the United Kingdom, Windrush Day was introduced in June 2018 on the 70th anniversary of the disembarkation of passengers of HMT Empire Windrush on 22nd June 1948 at Tilbury Docks who were migrating to the United Kingdom. Though Windrush Day is not a bank holiday, the 22nd June is an observed day. According to the United Kingdom Government the purpose of Windrush Day is to encourage “communities across the country to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants”.

TAPSO - Festival of Britain, July 1951

Lt. Joseph Nathaniel Griffith – the Bajan that taught a band to play

This is the story of Bajan Lt. Joseph Nathaniel Griffith who was the Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra (TASPO)  musical director which debuted at the Festival of Britain at the South Bank Exhibition in London on 26th July 1951.  At the time TASPO was probably the most technically advanced steelband in the world.  Bajan: Lt. Griffith …

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Dr. C. J. Davis - The Good Black Doctor

Christopher James Davis (1842-1870) – Le Bon Docteur Noir

Christopher James Davis was born at Whitehaven, St. Philip, Barbados on 23rd April 1842.  He was baptised on 4th June the same year. He was the youngest of 10 children. His Father, John Thomas Davis, was a Carpenter. His mother’s name was Mary Ann.  His family were Wesleyan Methodists.  Christopher Davis worked as a schoolmaster …

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Sun Valley Steel Band- colorized

Cecil Ward (Bajan Cecil) – early pan pioneer Trinidad

Bajan John Archer was so notorious in Trinidad & Tobago at the turn of the twentieth century that his nickname “Badjohn” entered that nation’s vocabulary. He was one of many Bajans who contributed significantly to Trinidad & Tobago’s history and culture. Take for instance pan, that quintessential Trini art form. It’s early development was accelerated …

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Bajan: John “Bad John” Archer

How “badjohn” became a word

badjohn – nounA man willing to use violence and who likes being known as a dangerous person; a ruffian, hooligan or miscreant.  An illusion to Bajan  John “Bad John” Archer, a criminal who figured prominently in Trinidad in the early 20th century. Of the countless jailbirds to tread this island, none has cast a longer …

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Marcus Garvey presiding at the 1922 UNIA convention

Bajan Garveyites

The Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) which was established by Marcus Gavey in New York City’s Harlem district in 1916. His ideas were known as Garveyism. A number of Bajan Garveyites played important roles in the UNIA and its conventions or were otherwise noteworthy in the international affairs of the movement. Bajan Garveyite: Clifford Bourne …

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Errol Barrow, Statesman, PM Barbados, RAF Navigator - crew graduation No. 31 OTU RAF Debert, Nova Socia Canada - 7 April 1944

F/O Errol Barrow RAF Navigator World War II & Prime Minister of Barbados

Errol Barrow: Statesman. The father of Barbados independence. The 1st and 4th Prime Minister of Barbados. RAF Navigator during World War II with 48 sorties logged between 23rd September 1944 and 26th March 1945 totalling 103 hours and 25 mins combat flying time with 88 Squadron 2TAF. Statesman: Errol Walton Barrow (21st January 1920 – …

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Mignon Inniss Ford

Mignon Lorraine Inniss: 1905 to 1995

Mignon Lorraine Inniss was born on 19th November 1905 in Barbados.  In the early twenties, she immigrated to New York City where she studied Business Administration at the Braithwaite School of Business.  Here she met a group of Ethiopian dignitaries who were recruiting skilled African-Americans to help in Ethiopia’s development. Mignon immigrated to Ethiopia with …

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Olaudah Equiano

Olaudah Equiano 1745 to 1797 (Slavery Abolitionists)

Olaudah Equiano was a slavery abolitionists. He was born in 1745 in Effaka to the north of Benin which is the capital of the land now called Guinea. The village was ruled by the King in Benin but there was little contact between the two towns. Olaudah Equiano’s father was an elder, or chief, of …

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