Diversity Matters Black History Festival 2016

In the lead up to Black History Month, we’re excited to announce our Black History Festival; a dynamic mix of events and projects organised by Diversity Matters and various community platforms, to ensure discourse around the history of Africa and its diaspora isn’t limited to one month of the year. 

CLICK HERE to join our Facebook event with booking links to events!

Join us on the 29th Sept at UAL High Holborn for a special guest lecture with Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate – the great-nephew of the late Emperor Haile Selassie I, discussing “The Era of Emperor Haile Selassie I, His Role as one of the Founders of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), and His legacy in the 21st Century and Challenges of African Migration“.  CLICK HERE to book.


18.00 – 18.30 Registeration and pre-order book collection

18.30 – 21.00 Event starts followed by networking, book signing and Ethiopian cuisine coutesy of Delina – Ethiopian food with a passion (suggested donation £5).

This lecture will be recorded and video will be available on Diversity Matters blog

More info and discount available on pre-ordering your copy of “King of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia” by Asfa-Wossen Asserate (published by Haus Publishing), coming soon! 

This is a superb, magnificent and totally gripping biography
– Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of The Romanovs

 ‘a fascinating biography
– Libby Purves

 ‘Today, after centuries of oppression, a billion Africans are finally winning back the substance of their freedom but it is proving a long, vexed and sometimes violent fight. Asfa-Wossen Asserate’s masterful, insider’s account of Haile Selassie, the African emperor who led Ethiopia’s struggle against colonial fascism only to deny liberty to his people, stands as inspiration and warning to an entire continent.
– Alex Perry, author of The Rift: A New Africa Breaks Free

 ‘This magnificent biography by the German-Ethiopian historian Asfa-Wossen Asserate […] is diligently researched and fair-minded; [Haile Selassie] is at last accorded a proper dignity. The book is manifestly a riposte to Ryszard Kapuscinski’s The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat
– The Guardian

This Black History Festival event is organised by Kai Lutterodt (Diversity Matters founder) and UAL Diversity Matters Society. Supported by UAL (University of the Arts London), UAL G.E.M.S (Black Staff Network), SUARTSHaus Publishing, Black History Walks, African Histories Revisited. To support this event or other Diversity Matters events, contact Kai kai@diversity-matters.org.uk


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