AN artistic exhibition based around Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have Dream’ speech will be the centrepiece of Burton’s celebrations for Black History Month.
Work by David ‘Stickman’ Higgins will be on show at Burton and South Derbyshire College throughout October to mark the international event, which celebrates the lives, achievement and legacy of black communities and individuals in the UK and the world at large.
Activities during Black History Month have been organised by the college in association with East Staffordshire Rights and Equalities Council(ESREC) and Burton Caribbean Association.
Ron Miller, chairman of Burton Caribbean Association, said: “We as an organisation pride ourselves on supporting the community at large and in particular we feel privileged to highlight and showcase the many achievements of the African- Caribbean people who, since settling in the UK en masse some 60 plus years ago, have strived to positively contribute to the betterment of society on a whole. We hope that all the people from the community will come along and join us in our celebrations.”
This year’s celebrations will mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous speech, which called for an age of equality for people of all races.
Artist Mr Higgins said the speech had directly influenced his exhibition Objects of Remembrance, by encouraging him to think about themes of equality and the development of people.
The artist, who describes his heritage as ‘trans-global’, said: “I dream of finding culture through objects.”
He has created art through a number of objects which he said will help people to ‘question what’s important’ in African, Caribbean and European heritage.
The industrial revolution and the slave trade are also themes running through his work, which will be on show from Wednesday for the rest of October.
Celebrations will end with an event at the Caribbean Association on October 25, when people from the black community will showcase their talents and Caribbean refreshments will be served.