of Black Committee Members grant application was made
to Heritage Lottery Fund for finance to support Black
History Month Celebrations in 2003- 2004. SOB were successful
in obtaining finance £5,000.00.
From the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn
to Cultural Diversity and Community Cohesion.
Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn relates to the equator
lines where the majority of Black and Ethnic minority
people who have made a journey from their paradise to the reality
Through such movements of the nations of people the
creation of Cultural diversity and community cohesion
is now the reflection of changes and challenges in England.
This is about respecting our differences but accepting
that we are all equal and one community.
Equal opportunities should be distributed by professional
educationalists and politicians much more equally, so
that people from The Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn,
especially future generations, be given much better
chances in education for us to work together to achieve
our full potentials, including every other nation in
the cohesive Community must be allowed to play a full
and active role and in a culturally diversity and secure
learning environment where respect for diversity is
The Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn to Cultural Diversity
and Community Cohesion Programme was specifically planned
to involve and educate pupils, Head teachers, Teaching
staff, Parents and the whole communities of peoples,
to develop a personal history to fulfil legacy of our
fore parents, for future generation, of all nations.
diversity of Shades of Black Committee Members planned
programme of activities has informed engaged and educated
individuals that were involved. This has reflected in
the attendance of the Multi-Cultural Community people.
Through the volume of interest generated by local community
people the length of project was extended from October
2004 to December 2004.
The three schools that were involved in the Black History
Month Celebration of Shades of Black programme of activities
· Handsworth Wood Girls school Head teacher,
teaching staff, pupils and parents.
· Wilkes Green Infants and Nursery school Head
teacher, learning mentors teaching staff, pupils and
· Foundry Primary school Head teacher, teaching
staff, pupils and parents.
The three schools presented a wide range of topical
subject reflecting the school curriculum e.g. poetry,
dances and salsa moves their performances and presentation
Kent Moat Library presentation was at Stechford Baptist
Church Victoria Road, Stechford, Birmingham for two
days, bringing books, photographs, exhibition of Black
West Indian heroes for Local Community people participation
and educational learning experience. An excellent presentation.
of Black involvement was an exhibition of the Windrush
era 1950s 1990s memorabilia and artifacts collected
from West Indians (Caribbean Islands). Local people
living in England.
The exhibition was in Handsworth Wood Girls School
for one day in July 2004.
At Wilkes Green Infant/ Nursery for 14 days in November
2004 where SOB Committee Members interacted with pupils
in the classroom lessons. ' 'SOB presentation to the
pupils was about working hard to achieve medals. The
exhibition was about forgotten memories and reminiscing
by artists, which including: dance, drumming and story
At Foundry School for 10 days in December 2004.
Caribbean cuisine tasting was a part of lunch hospitalities
for visitors, visiting parents and teaching staff.
A website is planned, as part of the programme of work
which Shades of Black had undertaking over recent years.
Thus 'Cancer and Capricorn' will not be lost.
The documentation via videos, booklet and website material
will be presented to schools and libraries as research
resources for educational purposes.
of Black Committee Members are eternally grateful for
the opportunity offered by Heritage Lottery Fund in
financing "From The Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn"
to Cultural Diversity and Community Cohesion Project.
Shades of Black Committee Members were delighted to
share this working experience in a creative, positive,
learning and educational environment which was, and
will be beneficial to all who were involved.
The unconditional love and devotion of Shades of Black
for the Multicultural Community people of Handsworth
and Stechford has enabled SOB to present excellent service
delivery to the most valuable people in our local Community
Thank you, all for helping SOB to help others when
you possibly can.
to view the picture gallery for this project.