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BHM 49 Black History Month n 1915 Dr. Woodson started the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History or “ASALH”). Dr. Woodson and his influential pool of scholars were able to provide the platform whereby black Americans were given their true place in the nation’s history. He went even further by launching Negro History Week in 1926 to showcase the talents and achievements of his people. Today Dr. Woodson’s initiative is known as Black History Month and is celebrated annually in the US and Canada during February and October in the UK. UK cities have been celebrating BHM for many years. This year marks London’s 20th anniversary of the celebration, which commenced back in October 1987 as part of African Jubilee year. There are events taking place up and down the country as the nation plays its part in showcasing the great cultural and economic contributions that African and Caribbean people have made in relation to UK history. I Black History Month What you should know in a FLASH! engage have selected some events we feel celebrate and highlight the great achievements of our diverse peoples Griot Institute: Leadership in Black-Led Organisations – Failing or Flourishing? 2 November 2007, 6.00pm Steven Lawrence Gallery Room 0777 Queen Anne Court, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich University, London, SE10 9LS Tel: 020 8691 7201 A seminar and discussion forum on leadership in Black-led organisations led by Dr. Morgan Dalphinis. In the light of current community crises we ask if the leadership of Black led organisations is failing or flourishing? Given our heritage of inspirational leadership, is there sufficient solidarity, trust and partnership to sustain organisations beyond funder-driven, to be strong, united, well resourced entities, able to respond proactively to the needs they have been set up to address? Admission F