A HOST of speakers gathered in Derry at the weekend for the city’s first Black History Summit.
The event, which aimed to “celebrate the extraordinary rich and varied cultures of people of African descent living in Northern Ireland” took place at the City Hotel.
Organised by the North West Migrants Forum (NWMF) and jointly hosted by Rev Andrew Forster, Bishop of Derry and Raphoe and Catholic Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown, the event brought together religious, political and community leaders, with community organisations to explore black history and its relevance through both educational and celebrational workshops.
The programme featured speakers including Dominque Day, Chairperson of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, Dr Livingstone Thompson, Chairperson of African and Caribbean Support Northern Ireland, Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty International, Dr Philip McDermont, Ulster University, human rights activist, Beverly Simpsons, and Gary Middleton and Declan Kearney, Executive Office Junior Ministers.
There was also a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of people of African descent through music, spoken word and dance.
Lilian Seenoi-Barr, NWMF Director of Programmes, said the event provided a great opportunity to “reflect and learn about the connection between black people and European countries”.
“No matter where we come from, or our background, it’s important for us all to have a better understanding of black history,” she said.
“Understanding the roots of racism can help us to break down barriers of racism and prejudice.”Tags: