The Beliefs of Black Georgians | Humanist Heritage

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March 16th, 2022 19:00   --   20:30


The Beliefs of Black Georgians

The history of the African diaspora in Britain is often considered simplistically within the story of Christianity in the UK. But this denies the complexity and depth of religion, belief, and non-belief of Black people in British history. In this exciting lecture from S.I. Martin, we'll explore the untold histories of freethought and humanism among the beliefs of Black Georgians, at a time when anti-slavery campaigners like Jamaican-born freethinker Robert Wedderburn were rallying against oppressive Christianity and making deep connections with the wider humanist movement.

Join writer and heritage consultant S.I. Martin on a journey through the African Diaspora's responses to Christianity and Islam through the long 18th century.

About S. I. Martin

Specialising in the fields of Black British history and literature, S. I. Martin works with museums, archives and the education sector to bring diverse histories to wider audiences. He has published five books of historical fiction and non-fiction for adult and teenage readers.

He founded the 500 Years of Black London walks nearly 20 years ago in response to the low profile given to the Black historical presence on the capital's streets. He has consistently encouraged and championed the provision of plaques, street names, and street furniture to this end.

He has worked with and for the Black Cultural Archives, National Maritime Museum, the V&A, Tate Britain, London Metropolitan Archives, National Portrait Gallery, Horniman Museum, The National Archives, RAF Museum, Wellcome Trust, and many others. He regularly provides workshops and sessions for heritage institutions, schools, borough councils, and community groups across the country.

He is a firm believer in the power of archives as an agent of positive change for literacy, social cohesion, and audience/visitor development.

Humanist Heritage

In 2021, we celebrated the 125th anniversary of Humanists UK with the launch of the Humanist Heritage website. This year we will continue to explore the lesser known stories that make up the rich history of humanism in the UK, including tales of radicalism, rebellion, and dissent.