Tuesday 7th October – 6pm – Arts Building room 201
BEMA Black History Month 2014 continues with a double screening of films that illustrate the struggles and resistance of the Black community in the UK, against racism and police brutality.
The films cover both past (Mangrove 9) and present-day (Injustice) incidents and struggles, and the screenings will be followed by a discussion on what has changed, what hasn’t, and what we as BME people in the UK should be doing now in defence of our communities.
Mangrove 9 (1973):
Mangrove Nine tells the story of conflict between the police and the black community in Notting Hill at the start of the 1970s.
The central incident of the Mangrove affair took place when a deputation of 150 black people protested against long-term police harassment of the popular Mangrove Restaurant in Ladbroke Grove.The protest – policed by 500 police and a plain clothes police photographer – later led to nine arrests and 29 charges. The nine were Barbara Beese, Rupert Boyce, Frank Critchlow, Rhodan Gordon, Darcus Howe, Anthony Innis, Althea Lecointe Jones, Rothwell Kentish, and Godfrey Millett.
The high profile trial at the Old Bailey lasted for two months finishing in December 1971 with five of the defendants being completely acquitted. Most strikingly, the case made legal history when it delivered the first judicial acknowledgement of ‘evidence of racial hatred’ in the Metropolitan police force.
The struggles for justice by the families of people that have died in police custody.
In 1969 David Oluwale became the first black person to die in police custody in Britain. Many others have died since then. None of the police officers involved have been convicted of these deaths. In this documentary, the families of these victims ask “Why not?”
This is a blow by blow account of the relentless struggles of the families as they find out how they lost their loved ones in extremely violent deaths at the hands of police officers.
Injustice documents the horrific loss of life at the hands of the state and it’s attempts to cover up these killings. The British police have been responsible for hundreds of deaths and have walked free.The families of the dead want justice and they will not stop until they have got it.