Black History Month with Govanhill Baths

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This year marks the launch of Govanhill Baths’ first Black History Month celebration. Join us from the 24th – the 30th of October for a week-long programme of events that we are running as part of Scottish Black History Month.

This programme aims to highlight the structural inequalities which operate on many different levels – personal, social and institutional – and draw attention to the stories of the struggle for racial equality and broaden local knowledge of the accomplishments of BME communities in Glasgow.

Events will take place between the Deep End and the Rum Shack, will be free to attend and feature prominent Southside activists, artists, and cultural historians including Daniel Mwangi, Cheif Amu, Sarra Wassu, Keng Keng, Zamard Zahid and Timm Nunn with the Govanhill Baths Culture Collective..

White Is… (Grove Press): Relaunch and Response

In 1969 a group of young people in the US shared what it meant to be white from their own racial and economic vantage points. This formed White Is… – a book compiled by Preston Wilcox and illustrated by Sandy Huffaker. After its unearthing by Tim Nunn, Grove Press, and the two authors’ estates have permitted the book to be reproduced online for Black History Month 2022. From 1st of October 2022 the book will be available at A Small Drop of Ink with an open response function inviting you to lodge your reactions and interpretations.

Festival of Resistance – Film and Exhibition

Launch event on Monday 24th of October, 6pm – 7:30 pm
The exhibition will show from Tuesday 25th till Saturday 29th October 12pm – 6 pm The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale St, Glasgow G41 2PZ

As part of the Festival of Resistance celebrations in May to mark a year since the victory against the home office, Govanhill Baths commissioned Cameron Nicoll to produce a short film of the day. This film will be screened and will be accompanied by a photographic exhibition of the events by Marilena Vlachopoulou. Join us for a viewing and launch of both the exhibition and Govanhill Bath’s Black History Month programme on the evening of Monday 24th October. Refreshments will be provided.

Symbols of communication

Tuesday 25th 6pm – 8 pm
The Rum Shack 657-659 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G41 2AB

Join musician and holistic community worker, Cheif Amu for a pop-up exhibition of West African art from his collection. The event will be accompanied by a performance where he will explore language, communication, and the meaning of Sankofa.

Chief Amu was born and brought up in Accra in Ghana, but his cultural roots are in the Ewe village in the Volta Region of the country. He sees himself as a traditional bearer and his work as a symbol of communication.

How wars are fuelled by climate change

Wednesday 26th October 7.00pm – 8.30pm
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale St, Glasgow G41 2PZ

Human rights and climate activist Sarra Wassu will lead a panel discussion in which she explores how the struggle for migrant justice is linked to climate justice. Sarra Wassu is 19 years old & currently studying medicine. A well-involved activist who is passionate about climate justice, anti-racism and human rights, Sarra is passionate about educating, raising awareness, and leading protests while working with marginalised communities to build a better future full of equality and equity for all.

The Fabric House – South Asian Women and Resistance.

Thursday 27th October 7.00pm -8.00 pm
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale St, Glasgow G41 2PZ

Zamard Zahid, writer and advocate for racial justice and equality within education, will be reading from her recent writings on South Asian women, resistance and community, explored through her mother’s fabric shop in Govanhill in the 80s and 90s. This reading will be followed by an audience Q&A session.

After 22 years of teaching Zamard left recently to take her activism and writing more seriously. She completed the HarperCollins Black Authors Academy and has had articles published by Holyrood Magazine and The Scottish Black Writers Network. She is also a member of Pass The Mic as a WOC commentator in Scotland. She has made appearances for STV expert voices on issues related to race. She has three children and became a grandmother for the first time last year.

Our Streets, Their Statues: Glasgow’s Colonial Legacy

Friday 28th October 7.00pm-8.30pm
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale St, Glasgow G41 2PZ

In this presentation, cultural historian and anti-racist activist Daniel Mwangi explores the
bloody history behind Glasgow’s public statues.

Art and Activism

Saturday 29th October 7.00PM-8.30PM
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale St, Glasgow G41 2PZ

KengKeng has been immersed in producing activists inspired by and for justice movements from Extinction Rebellion to BLM and migrant justice events for the past 8 years in East London and Glasgow. She will be discussing how she creatively responds to community-based racial and social justice movements. There will also be an opportunity to take some of the art away with you.

Keng Keng is art activist and experimental milliner based in Glasgow. She has been involved with various community-based racial, social and environmental justice movements around Scotland and in London and regularly runs art workshops. Making banners and flags for demonstrations together with other people creates not only a sense of solidarity between participants but also fosters conversations which might otherwise struggle to emerge.