Micaelia Clarke BA (HONS)
3 years ago I visited my local library to take out some books on black history to teach my child at home. There were only 4 books on slavery found at the library itself and 0 books on black history in all of Hertfordshire Libraries. I was disappointed. After various unfruitful attempts to get more books on black history available. I decided that maybe those interested in the importance of ‘the black voice’ as I call it, being heard, seen, valued, appreciated and protected, needed to come together and aid the manifestation of The National Black History Museum, Library and School of Cultural and Creative arts.
My background is in professtional Theatre and Television. I graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts with a BA (Hons) Degree in Performance(Musical Theatre Option). Finishing in my 3rd year early, to join the original Westend cast of ‘Ragtime’ The Musical with west end star Maria Friedman at the Piccadilly Theatre London, beginning a long and healthy careea in the industry.
After becoming a mother, I continually experienced unhealthly incidents of racisim, and discrimination in its many forms, from starting new mummy friendships at baby groups, to accessing employment, setting up community projects and or events, and new business.
For many years I ignored it, I kept myself to myself. I covered my voice.
I started home educating my son and really wanted him to have a mind of understanding for other cultures, economic backgrounds, opinions, lifestyles, different to his own with value, knowledge and respect placed on his own.
Society of course, plays a big part in this education. It unfortunately brought me to a disapointing experience at the library.
I thought to myself, instead of complaining about it, why not see what I can do to solve the situation.
Following the resent death of George Floyd in America, it made me think about my own child’s future. I was blessed to be given the opportunity to be trained and educated at one of the most prestigious drama schools in the UK, I thought to myself, why is’nt there a space for black history to be taught, remembered, respected and valued in the same way.
I decided to use my skills to open the The National Black History Museum Library and School of Cultural and Creative Arts and create a local group (Black Voice Letchworth) to support those of Black African & Caribbean heritage in my own town.
All services I provide will go toward fundraising for this.
Black Culture, Art, Literature,Talent and rich history has, does and continues to contribute to the world in such a wonderful and beautiful way. It’s voice however is continually put to one side and undervalued.
I want to create a space where the black voice is heard seen and appreciated.
On top of all of this, I am a wife and a student doing the best I can to make the world better and encourage others to be better.
Black History is UK heritage! Black History is UK culture! Black History is history!
Let’s get out there and celebrate it together!
ABOUT BLACK VOICE LETCHWORTH
Who we are:
Black Voice Letchworth are a group of like minded individuals who have come together to support those of Black African and Caribbean heritage and those raising children of Black African and Caribbean heritage within the community.
To provide support for the black community in Letchworth by providing a safe space for black culture, heritage and opinions to be heard, voiced and seen. To build relationships with other organisations that will benefit and support the black community in Letchworth . To open and fundraise for The National Black History Museum, Library and School of Cultural and Creative Arts.
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WHO’S THIS GUY?
Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa (1745 – 1797) was a writer and abolitionist. Taken from southern Nigeria as a child, he was sold as a slave in the caribbean. Gustavus eventually bought his freedom in 1766 to go on to write his autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano in 1789. This aided the development of the British Slave Trade Act 1807, which abolished the slave trade.
His story reminds us of the importance of ‘The Black Voice’. The part it plays in our past, present and future.
THE NATIONAL BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM LIBRARY AND SCHOOL OF CULTURAL AND CREATIVE ARTS
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