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The American histories behind Chicago's Live The Spirit Big Band's latest compositions are contrasted by African British histories

Friday 25 October. 5-7pm. From Martin Luther King To Paul Stephenson in 1963. From Race Riots In Chicago To Cardiff in 1919. How Far Have We Come?
On the eve of the UK premiere of Live The Spirit Big Band’s ‘A Deferred Dream Or A Dream Come True?’ and ‘1919’, the leader of the Chicago jazz band, Ernest Dawkins, will make a presentation on the historical background to the compositions. Dawkins will show how examining the legacy of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, famously delivered at the 1963 March On Washington For Jobs And Freedom, inspired the ‘A Deferred Dream Or A Dream Come True?’ composition, and also give the background to the history of the Chicago race riots of 1919, which inspired ‘1919’. History consultant Kwaku will contrast this with a presentation on the British experience, by covering the Paul Stephenson-led Bristol Bus Boycott and its legacy, and highlighting the Cardiff race riots, one of the many race riots across British cities in 1919. This will be followed by a Q&A session. Harrow Civic Centre 1, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2XY (Harrow & Wealdstone, 3 minutes walk through station car park; Harrow On The Hill, then buses 140, 182, 186, 258, 340). For more information or to book Harrow BHM events: www.HarrowBHM.eventbrite.com


Ernest Dawkins | talks


Date and Time:

28 October 2013 at 9:00 am


1 hour



Harrow Civic Centre
Station Road

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