‘And Still We Rise’ Black History Month 2021

Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre and Education Trust presents Black History Month 2021 

‘And Still We Rise’ 

We have an exciting programme of activities planned for Black History Month this year, Details of the programme are below, and will be updated on this blog post throughout the month, as well as on our social media.

1981 – The Year Moss Side Exploded!

Black History Workshops for ages 13-18 years.  

1.30pm- 4.30pm  every Saturday throughout October at four Manchester Libraries. 


Want to know more about Manchester’s history? Come and learn about the 1981 Moss Side Uprisings in a free workshop delivered by Manchester’s own Black History tutor, Linford Sweeney – who was there when it happened. A creative writing/spoken word workshop will follow which will be delivered by our poet in residence Shirley May, founder and director of Young Identity.

The sessions will enable the participants to creatively respond to the issues raised by the uprisings 40 years ago as well as the Black Lives Matters protests over the last 18 months, using words and poetry to connect stories of the past with the present. You will also be offered the opportunity to perform your own creation or have your poetry performed by a spoken word artist at a sharing event in Manchester City Centre on 28 October 2021 (details provided in the session).

Sat 2  Oct at The Powerhouse, Moss Side M14 4SL –  to book call 0161 227 3758  

Sat 9  Oct at Central Library, Manchester, M2 5PD  = to book https://1981mossside.eventbrite.co.uk  

Sat 16 Oct at the Avenue Library, Victoria Ave, East Blackley M9 6HW –  to book call 0161 219 2393  

Sat 23 Oct at The Forum library, Wythenshawe, M22 5RX –  to book call 0161 227 3770  


Black History is World History

Black History is World History educational sessions, in partnership with Manchester Libraries at Central Library Search Room on Ground Floor every Wednesday Evening in October for Adults. 6, 13, 20, 27 October 5.30pm -7.30pm (MCC commission) Suitable for age 14+ 

Come along to a series of free workshops which will take you on a whirlwind exploration of black history through the ages.  Manchester’s own Black History Educator Linford Sweeney will deliver each session with his unique interactive and discussion-based workshop style in Central Library’s search room – after hours.  Each workshop will focus on a particular time period starting from Ancient Africa through to the Windrush Generation and UK Civil Rights. The workshop will provide a good overview of each period with lots of further reading to begin your own Black History journey. Participants can choose to attend any of the sessions as a standalone workshop on that period   or can book onto all four.  

Places are limited:  please follow the link(s) below to book.

6 October – Ancient African Civilisations and Empires.  https://blackhistoryworldhistory1.eventbrite.co.uk  

13 October – Trade, Enslavement, and Resistance.  https://blackhistoryworldhistory2.eventbrite.co.uk  

20 October – Black British History to 1945.  https://blackhistoryworldhistory3.eventbrite.co.uk  

27 October – The Windrush Generation and UK Civil Rights.  https://blackhistoryworldhistory4.eventbrite.co.uk  


Thursday 28October at Central Library   

And We Rise; Together.

In partnership with Manchester Libraries

1.30 pm – 3.30 pm:  Performance and Protest Poetry.  A Young Identity curated event where material gathered from community workshops are woven together to produce spoken word and poetry performances by the co-facilitators. There will be readings and new works by produced by the artists that will be shared at the event and an interactive element where the audience can join in and create their own protest poetry.  

3.30 pm -5.00 pm: ‘I Predict a Riot’ two-part documentary film screening in partnership with North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University.  Both films will be shown on a rotation.

Places are limited – to book please follow this link:  https://andwerisetogether.eventbrite.co.uk 

5.00 pm – 7.00 pm:  Nathan Geering’s critically acclaimed short film ‘Still A Slave’ followed by a live lecture delivered by Nathan and an audience Q&A.  The film is a powerful and artistic response to the social media comments that undermined the Black Lives Matter movement. It illustrates the many ways black people are still bound by society metaphorically and physically.  Refreshments provided.

Places are limited.  To book please follow the link. https://nathangeering.eventbrite.co.uk  


Outreach and engagement activities 

The Year of Our Moss Side 1981: From Uprising to Healing and Change, workshops with young people.  workshops with young people and Louise Da-Cocodia Education Trust.  We will be sharing content from workshops led by Theatre Director Tian Glasgow throughout October. 

Throughout October Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust in partnership with Manchester Libraries will be running community workshops led by Young Identity Artists reminiscing and exploring histories exploring the issues that led up to the Moss Side Uprisings (migration, lack of employment,  discriminatory education, housing systems and practice, stop and search)  

Blog posts and social media

Keep an eye out on our website and social media for staff and guest blogs, reading lists and play lists   

https://www.racearchive.org.uk  @AIUCentre  #AndStillWeRise 

Collage of covers of the books mentioned in the blog post

Black History Month Reading List: And Still We Rise: Moss Side and Beyond

Rearranging the ‘social kaleidoscope’?: Looking back at the 1981 Moss Side ‘disturbances’

Collage of book covers

Black History Month Reading List: Black History is World History

Playlists on Instagram:

Black British

Black Global