Sep 13 2013

Harrow BHM 2013 Youth Opportunities

harrow_council_logo2Young people across the borough have a chance to get creative and win prizes by taking part in various opportunities for Black History Month.

Organised by Harrow Black History Month, the event takes place from September 3 to December 3, 2013 and young people aged 13-17 can take part in three competitions around the theme of African British civil rights since the 1960’s.

They have the option to enter an essay writing competition; a collaborative spoken word or rap performance or a poem recital. Prizes will be presented to the winners by the Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Nana Asante.

Portfolio Holder for Community and Culture, Councillor Nizam Ismail said: “Harrow Council is delighted to support a range of community events including Black History Month. It is important that the community organise events on behalf of the community and BHM is one of the important highlights of the community events year. I hope that the Black History Month events over the next couple of months will help young people across the borough gain an understanding of the struggles for civil rights and the effects it has had on this particular community.”

  1. Essay Writing Competition:
    Write 600 words on ‘What civil rights mean to me, and why they are important’ with at least one example of a civil rights issue in Britain affecting people of African heritage, any time between 1960 and 2013.
    Deadline: 25th September 2013, prizes will be presented on 30th September, 6:30-8:30pm at Harrow Civic Centre.
  2. Spoken word or rap creation
    Use your creative skills, be it as writers and/or performers, to work collaboratively with peers to create a work that engages with Harrow BHM’s 2013 theme. These will be performed at the Word Power: Together We Can! event in the Council Chamber, Harrow Civic Centre, on October 29, 6.30-8.30pm. Those interested in participating email your interest by 25th October 2013.
  3. Poem Recital
    Recite a poem of hope. Entrants and their families and friends are invited to the Stephen Lawrence discussion and evaluation event, at Harrow Civic Centre on December 10, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Each participant will recite a stanza (verse) from the African Child poem before an audience, which includes the Mayor.

For those interested in participating, please email your interest by 3rd December 2013, and be prepared to attend the Does The Conviction Of Stephen Lawrence’s Murderers Signal A Turning Point In African British Civil Rights?.

To participate and take part in any of the competition email harrowbhm@hotmail.com or visit www.harrowbhm.eventbrite.com for more information.


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