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Betty Makoni speaks and signs book at Aspire Essex Black History Month Event

Event Date: 
October 19, 2012 - 18:15 - 23:25

The day we have been waiting for has come. Zimbabweans living in Essex have formed Aspire Essex and they present to us a special day for Black History Month.
Aspire Essex Black History Month Event

Free entertainment from 7pm till late.
DATE: 19 October 2012
Venue: Towngate Theatre-MIRREN Studio.

Aspire Essex is a newly formed Community group which works together with voluntary community organisations, Community groups in Basildon and other neighbouring Local authorities in helping to break down the barrier of inequality and diversity. Aspire Essex aims to build cohesive, sustainable and diverse communities through organising training and community events such as sports, Black History Month, summer festivals and also encouraging local groups and community members to engage in forum groups.
As a community voluntary group Aspire Essex, has organised the Black History Month with support from Basildon Council, NGDA and other local community organisations leaders. To help celebrate this event we have lined up various rich programmes of events: story-telling, historical walks, theatrical productions, musical and dancing groups and all have history as an integral part of their purpose. Initiatives take place across the UK with voluntary groups, local authorities, primary care trusts, museums and libraries often taking a lead in planning the Black History Month events.
Black History Month is open to participation by everyone and is ideally developed, delivered and managed as an educational and historical awareness experience by Black people – African, Asian and Caribbean heritage and it should be shared by everyone as world history.
Who should attend?
This is a community event and is open to every one
To book
Please Book now to avoid disappointment as the response is too high
• The event is free of charge
• Please call the box office: 01268 465 465
• email to confirm your bookings to :

Free refreshments-outside the studio corridor
Cash bar by the main reception.

Opening Speech
Speaker: Councillor Terri Sargent (Lead Councillor for Communities – Basildon Council)

19.05 Introduction –Aspire Essex by the MC

19.10 Welcome speech-Aspire Essex
Speaker-Alex Chigumira (Sustainable Communities )

19.15 Flame Lilly- Gumboot dance

Black History Month in Basildon and what it means and why do we need it.
Speakers-Ndunge Kivuitu (Manager of Inclusion & Diversity-Basildon Council)
19.35 Fast Cars Singer-Kieran
19.45 Challenges and New developments on our families today.
Talking about her struggle as Black Female writer.
Speaker- Betty Makoni (Founder, Chief executive Girl Child network)

Kayzar Dance Group ( Basildon )
20.05 Real life story telling-Video clip
Speaker-Charmaine ( Basildon)
20.15 Bollywood Bling Dance
Group- Culture Shock (Basildon)
Entertainment –Group Cultured (Basildon)
20.30 Laura Maze singing
1 x song.

20.35 Miriam (Basildon)
2 x songs
20.45 Flame Lilly Dance Group

21.00 Overcoming Challenges in our work places/Nursing perspective.
Speaker-Chad Chatizembwa
21.05 Azonto Dance Audience Participation

21.15 How to maintain our strength and cultural believes
Speaker- Bekezela Nsingo (Founder& CEO-African Mothers Foundation International)
21.20 Poem or Reading
Speaker-Jeffrey Potter( Basildon)

Migration and Multicultural Essex Community, the past and the present (The Great Windrush).
Speaker-Roots ( Founder-Roots Community 1st )
Azonto Dance NGDA Azonto Dancers (Chelmsford)

21.45 Redemption Song
Singer Sharon Peters and her Brother (Basildon)
Thanks giving Speech Speaker-(Chairman -Aspire Essex)

21.55 Refreshments- DRINKS at the Bar- Roots DJ music
22.30 The END.

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