Interview with a Legend: Arthur Torrington CBE

Interview with a Legend: Arthur Torrington CBE

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mercredi 3 février de 18:30 à 20:30

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This illustrated talk and interview will explore the five decades of multi-media Black history productions of Arthur Torrington CBE

Mr Torrington is co-founder of the Equiano society and the Windrush Foundation. Both organisations have produced numerous events, documents and films to record and promote at least 200 years of African and Caribbean people in Britain. We will cover:

  • How and when the term 'Windrush' became a household name
  • Re-naming streets and buildings, how to do it
  • The history of the Black church and economic empowerment
  • Getting Olaudah Equiano on the National curriculum
  • Filming Caribbean World War 2 veterans for posterity, lessons learned and archiving
  • Publishing Black stories and getting them read
  • Black activism in the 1970s compared to the 2020s
  • Behind the scenes of the struggle

This is an online event delivered via Zoom. The link will be sent to your email address one hour before the start. Please check your JUNK mail

Other coming online events from :

  • African Women Resistance Leaders: Political and Spiritual course Part
  • African Odysseys Black Films and White Power
  • Black Presence in the National Gallery
  • African Graphic Novels; the rise of Black superheroes
  • The economic impact of African hair, local and global
  • The Black history of video games
  • Hip hop to Opera via Negro Spirituals
  • Black history bus tour
  • Black history river cruise
  • Darcus Howe day
  • African Animations day

About the Speaker

Arthur Torrington.

Born in Guyana, Torrington attended St Ambrose Primary School and Tutorial High School, and went in Britain as a teenager in the 1960s.

Torrington joined forces with Sam King to establish the Windrush Foundation, in 1996, to ensure that the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush would be appropriately marked and celebrated; as reported in the Guyana Chronicle: "Using their own resources, Arthur and Sam went around the country, gathering together as many people as possible, with stories of the Empire Windrush and what would come to be known as the 'Windrush Generation'. ... Their goal was to turn the 'Empire Windrush' into an iconic symbol, representing early Caribbean migrants and their contribution to the rebuilding of Britain after WWII. It worked and the 50th anniversary turned out to be a huge success, spawning books and TV and radio documentaries. Sam, who had sailed on the 'Empire Windrush', was among those who met Prince Charles at St James's Palace for an official ceremony to mark the occasion." In 2018 the Windrush Foundation led the project "Windrush70" to mark the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush.

Torrington also co-founded in London in 1996 a community organisation named the Equiano Society, to publicise the achievements of Olaudah Equiano and his 18th-century African contemporaries, including such figures as Ignatius Sancho and Ottobah Cugoano, who made outstanding contributions to African and European literature.

In 2014, Torrington curated the touring exhibition Making Freedom, which opened at the Black Cultural Archives, marking full Emancipation in the Caribbean that took place on 1 August 1868.[7][8]