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Arise & Honour

17th August 2014
Centenary Remembrance Day Service in partnership with Recognize and the Why are West Indians Project (WAWI) & The Drum service led by Rev Canon Pitts of Holy a Trinity Church, Aston.

6th October 2014

Pilots of the Caribbean - Volunteers of African Heritage in the RAF

Exhibition start date: 6 October 2014 

A brand new exhibition entitled ‘Pilots of the Caribbean: Volunteers of African Heritage in the Royal Air Force' is due to open at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford next Month. The exhibition opening will coincide with Black History Month, a national event celebrating the achievements of Black men and women throughout history. 

Curated in partnership with the Black Cultural Archives, the exhibition will tell the inspirational story of these volunteers, commemorating and celebrating their vital contribution to the defence of Britain, her Empire and Commonwealth. Accompanying video footage and artefacts will bring to life the stories of these brave volunteers. 

24th October 2014

Black Soldiers and WW1 Hosted by Recognize Black History & Culture in partnership with Voices of War & Peace at the Library of Birmingham.

26th October 2014
Recognize day trip to the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.

17th January 2015
Dr Martin Luther King Jr Tribute showcase marking Martin Luther King day at the Library of Birmingham.

31st January 2015

October 2015 sees the 100th anniversary of the British West Indies Regiment and while often overlooked, men and women from Africa and the Caribbean played a key role in the First World War, making sacrifices to stand alongside the ‘mother country’. This discussion event is aimed at community groups and individuals who are already involved, or would like to become part of, projects that focus on the contribution of people from African and the Caribbean.

Participants will have the opportunity to share their work, meet others working on projects, and discuss with staff from Birmingham's Voices of War & Peace and Nottingham's Hidden Histories WW1 Engagement Centres how to develop or expand projects or research.

Recognize will be also be presenting at this event.

The day will also involve a plenary lecture by the author Stephen Bourne.

This event will take place in Brainbox, on Floor 1 of the Library of Birmingham.

Do you have questions about Britain's Black Community and the Great War?  Contact Voices of War & Peace First World War Engagement Centre

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1st - 31st October 2015

Recognize is an exhibitor at the Black History Month Exhibition located at Soho House, Soho Avenue, Handsworth, B18 5LB.  This inspirational event, running from 1st - 31st October 2015 (open to the public at weekends between 11am and 3pm), also includes World War I and II exhibits, Art installations, including 'The Front Room', the Wassifa Sound System, stalls, live music, entertainment and much more.  This free event is supported by Birmingham City Council, BM&AG, Wassifa Inspire and Ladywood Arts Forum.  


17th October 2015

17th October 2015 - Recognize day trip to the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.
Recognize's trip to the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool is a thought provoking day of reflection.

We will be departing from outside The Drum 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU at 8:00am.  Our luxury coaches are fully equipped with reclining seats, seat-belts,on board toilet, two TV's so you can sit back, relax and appreciate your day. 

Upon arrival at the International slavery museum you will be free to view the museum at your own leisure, then explore Liverpool's Albert Docks, restaurants and other museums.

Departing from the Museum in Liverpool at 5:30pm and arriving back in Birmingham approx. 7:30pm

Tickets price: From £12.

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22nd October 2015

During the main 2 days of the conference, delegates will hear from influential attendees from the police senior management and key community partners.  Delegates will also take part in Workshops which will be in line with the conference theme, 'Race, Police and Media'. 

Key Note Speaker will be The Home Secretary, Theresa May.

On the afternoon of the 22nd October a memorial walk will take place to a key significant West Midlands Location where officers and police staff will walk along with community members.  Transport has been arranged to and from the location. 

On the evening of the 22nd October there will be The Gala Dinner which will include a 3 course meal, Awards and Entertainment along with live music to allow relaxed networking with your peers and community partners from across the UK. 

The event coincides with Black History Month, and as such will incorporate a number of events to celebrate the history of Black and ethnic minority staff in WMP.


24th October 2015

Black History Awareness Day:  

Recognize is an exhibitor at the Black History Month Exhibition located at Soho House, Soho Avenue, Handsworth, B18 5LB.  This inspirational event, running from 1st - 31st October 2015 (open to the public at weekends between 11am and 3pm), also includes World War I and II exhibits, Art installations, including 'The Front Room', the Wassifa Sound System, stalls, live music, entertainment and much more.  This free event is supported by Birmingham City Council, BM&AG, Wassifa Inspire and Ladywood Arts Forum.  



25th October 2015

Recognize  Black Heritage & Culture will be actively supporting this and providing  an exhibition for the event. 

WHEN CHURCH pioneer Reverend Canon Eve Pitts announces she wants to do something, people sit up and take notice – and her current crusade will be no exception.  For Rev Pitts feels it is time the African and Caribbean communities remembered their dead, particularly those who died as slaves, in a national day of remembrance.  “I have thought long and hard about this for some time,” she told The Voice. “Other communities commemorate those who have died and I feel it’s time we also honoured our dead. In fact, I think we must be the only people who don’t mark this in some way.”

Rev Pitts, the first black woman ordained as a Deacon in the Church of England in 1992, already has the first service of remembrance booked in at her Birmingham Church – Holy Trinity in Birchfield – for Sunday, October 25 at 3.30pm.  But her long-term plan is for this to become a national service, in a way similar to the Jewish community’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, which has gained a following in many countries since it was started in 2004.  And she also has a name for the annual event: Arise.  She said: “I want this to be something positive and uplifting because I feel that I have lived because they lived. They have all given us life and this is something we should honour them for.”

Rev Pitts also feels it’s important to hold such a service to set free the next generation from the burden of having slavery as part of their history.  “As a people we still struggle with slavery – in fact we are often viewed as a people with no history before slavery. Maybe if we can combine the past with the present, then our future will be more secure. We can only have confidence in who we are when we embrace all that we are.

“It’s about looking at this period of our history and not being afraid of it, while also not being defined by it in a negative way. I don’t want us to be frozen by the past, but freed from it.  In many ways we have internalised it and felt a great sense of shame about slavery. It has held us back as a people.”  She added: “Slaves were a people to look up to because they retained a strong sense of who they were in the face of unimaginable evil. They brought from Africa to the Caribbean their culture and heritage and never abandoned it – that’s why we need to honour them in this way.  “The barbarity with which they were treated was designed to dehumanise them but their faith sustained them in the face of evil.”

Rev Pitts exudes a fearless wisdom and confidence, never needing to stand in the pulpit to inspire those around her. She feels strongly that Britain still has to find a cultural maturity within itself to recognise and acknowledge the fact that it became one of the world’s richest nations on the back of slavery – something which has been thrust into the national spotlight recently in David Olusoga’s two-part BBC2 documentary Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners.


And Rev Pitts admits that at times she struggles with a Christian faith, rooted in the Church of England, which has played a part in denying the humanity of many of her ancestors.  The mother-of-three who left May Pen, Jamaica with her family as a small child to live in Nottingham, laughs when she says: “People have often asked me why, as a black ordinate, that I am part of the most British of institutions, but I feel I need the rituals and the time for quiet reflection that the Church of England offers.  I’m told that if I was leading a black majority church it would be full every time.”  But there’s no doubt there will be a full church at Holy Trinity on October 25. It will be an authentic service with African drums and poetry readings.


Rev Pitts will be calling on the words of Claude McKay, the Jamaican-American poet and writer, who wrote the famous sonnet:

If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursed lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honour us though dead!
O Kinsmen! We must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one death blow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we’ll face the murderous cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

29th October 2015

Whilst the First World War conjures up images of the European battlefields, lesser consideration was (and still is) given to the Frontline on the African continent.  Over two million people in Africa made huge sacrifices for the European Allies.  100,000 men died in East Africa and 65,000 men from French North Africa and French West Africa lost their lives.

We are delighted to welcome Onyeka Nubia from Narrative Eye as our esteemed guest speaker to provide us with an in-depth insight. Also speaking will be Horace Barnes of The WAWI project; Selena Carty of The Black Poppy Rose project with the event hosted by Garry Stewart of Recognize Black Heritage & Culture.

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Sun 17th January 2016

Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Showcase comes to the Town Hall this January aiming to inform, educate, inspire and entertain.

Guest speakers
Dr Mashuq Ally
Selena Carty
Reverend Canon Eve Pitt 
and more…

Extract from theatre play Rose Parks the Hidden Journey
Gabbidon Band and Friends 
K Dottie 
Abigail Kelly
Robbie Levi
Broken Silence Reloaded 
Robert Cavarlho
Wandarin Dragon
Emmah Beckford 
Little Nugz 
Emma Marie
Laura Ige 
Perry Beeches & Aberdeen Street Gospel Choir
Guest Youth Choir
Star Talent Winners 2016
and more…