Staff Reporter (19 October, 2020)

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For Black History Month there is We Are Here, an exhibition of highlights from Black Women’s history in the Feminist Library’s collections that covers many campaigns, groups, and organisations. This rich collection of materials includes posters, badges, flyers, archives, periodicals spanning some five decades of the feminist movement’s history.  

Many of the items give an insight into campaigns, groups, and organisations in London during the 1980s and 1990s; ranging from solidarity events and political organising to social and cultural events.

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Virtual Exhibition
Alongside the on-site exhibition, a virtual version of the project has been created for those who are unable to visit the Library. This can be accessed on the Library’s website: http://feministlibrary.co.uk/black-history-month-exhibition-we-are-here/
We Are Here was curated by Nana Opoku, producer and multimedia artist, and Minna Haukka, Kone Foundation funded artist and Coordinator of the Feminist Library Curatorial team, and Vanessa Giorgo, independent curator.
Nana Opoku said: “Feminism is diverse and for black and brown women a terrain of complicated alliance. This exhibition seeks to celebrate and highlight the work Black Women have contributed towards the movement. Many of the materials we’ve assembled were created pre-digital age even before the term Intersectional Feminism was even coined. And still, the messages are as potent and applicable to the current times. I’m excited to see how the visitors engage and respond with the content within our new space.”
Webinar Event
The Library will continue with its recent programme of online events with a related ‘We Are Here’ Zoom Webinar on Friday 30th October, 7 pm. Tickets £5 (unwaged £0) Link
Lola Olufemi, author of Feminism Interrupted; Disrupting Power will be in discussion with Stella Dadzie, an educationalist, historian and co-founder of OWAAD. Dadzie is set to release her highly anticipated new book A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery and Resistance.
The exhibition will be adhering to current social distancing guidelines.
Masks will be required for entry. Hand sanitizer will be provided and access to the exhibition space will be in limited capacity. Access will be limited to ensure that social distancing guidelines are fully met.
The Feminist Library, The Sojourner Truth Community Centre, 161 Sumner Rd, Peckham, SE15 6JL
Throughout October and November: Wednesday, 11am – 5pm, Friday, 12pm – 6pm, Saturday , 12pm – 6pm, by appointment, email admin@feministlibrary.co.uk to book.
Phone: 0207 261 0879


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