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Hyson Green Cultural Festival Celebrates Black History Month

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As part of events marking the celebration of Black History Month, the Hyson Green Youth Centre played host to another organiser of activities commemorating the occasion. Abdoulie Jah who is the head of the organisation and a common figure in the Hyson Green area in an interview with Mojatu Magazine said in other to compliment this year’s theme; “Black Migrations”, the need to create a link between Blacks in the diaspora and those back home in Africa was paramount. Mr Jah also emphasised that the occasion avails them the opportunity to continue what they have been doing in creating cohesiveness between Blacks from African and Blacks from the Caribbean.

According to Mr Jah, exhibiting the typical village life of Africans is a platform where Black culture, tradition and heritage could be showcased meaningfully and it would add ingredients to the journey of root tracing. He also joined the call for the integration of Black History into the school curriculum which he emphasised, will open children to cultural diversity and tolerance. He also
pointed out that there are so much good things to learn about Black History that Slavery and crime.

For Mr Jah, their organisation continuously challenge BAME communities to improve awareness in the area of Black history, culture and heritage. “Every summer, we organise in collaboration with the Hyson Green Youth Centre, a cultural festival which gives members of the BAME community the opportunity to exhibit their culture and heritage in grand style musical performances and arts and artefacts which attracts hundreds of people from all walks of life. This is what we mean by diversity and networking”, Mr Jah revealed.

He called on parents to join them in their venture to craft a culturally aware future for their children and encouraged them to involve the children in the crusade. He also challenged youths to be more active positively in their communities and pave a
brighter path for the younger ones. The five days event was also characterised by a display of African and Caribbean arts which attracted the presence of a Masai Cultural group from Kenya and members of the community.

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