Black History Month 2021

The Black Lives Matter movement is more than a moment in history. As per the term ‘movement’, it will continue and remains perpetual and will continue to bring change. This is so because we still contend with misguided comparisons with other marginalised communities. The intersectional nature of our existence across such communities remains misrepresented and underrepresented, and there are still instances of being sick and tired.

We mark this month to celebrate, revere and commemorate. Black History Month can be a time to focus on Black contribution to the world as a means of trying to redress the imbalance caused by appropriation, mechanisms of socialisation and erasure. We can unify, regardless of our ethnicities, in celebrating the evolving awakening of a world where the dominant lenses have been forced to shift, and where we are witnessing this in representation in this industry.

We invite you to consider your role in decolonisation, regardless of your ‘race’, and how you will utilise your privilege through your art, to contribute positively to create your own historical moments.

To celebrate Black History Month at ALRA this October, our students get to take part in an Enrichment session with a special guest speaker, attend a haiku workshop, work with Black artists, and receive weekly emails of Black artists who have inspired ALRA staff.

ALRA’s Equality and Inclusion Cohesion Lead, writer and poet, Sonia Watson-Fowler, has written three wonderful haikus:

Enlightened you lead.
Focused, resilient stance,
To Spur Emoja!

Love will choose its path.
Attempts to suppress this truth,
Sully beauty’s code.

Look how dark they are!
Once taunted for their flesh tone,
These Black Diamonds shine.

Throughout the month, we will be sharing student submissions of performance art. The first one is from Nanette Ababio which you can watch on our IGTV here.

The second piece is Aurelie Burton interviewing Hugh Quarshie, which you can watch here.

Academy of Live and Recorded Arts