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Black History Comes Alive


News: Black History Comes Alive

Tuesday, 12th October 2004
(PR 1727)

Black history came alive thanks to a lively story telling session.

Storyteller Pete Kalu entertained pupils from Preston's Frenchwood Primary school at the Harris Library.

The youngsters enjoyed listening to modern versions of traditional African stories to kick-off Black History Month.

Lancashire County Library and Information Service will be celebrating events throughout this month by hosting a number of events at the Harris Library.

Black History month celebrates the richness of the African-Caribbean culture and the acknowledgement of the community's positive contribution to society.

Throughout October there will be a display of books and other material relating to Black history and culture at the Harris Library.

In addition there will be creative writing workshops run by local writer, Mark Mace Smith, on 13 and 20 October. The sessions, for people aged 16 and upwards, will run from 4.30pm to 7pm and will be held at the Harris Library.

Celebrations will culminate in a Gala Evening on Saturday 30 October at Preston's Guild Hall. The evening of entertainment is being organised Preston City Council and a number of community organisations. Lancashire County Library and Information Service will be running an information stall to raise awareness of the minority ethnic services that libraries can offer.

Maureen Lewis-Coker, from Lancashire County Council's Minority Ethnic Services, said:

"Pete Kalu's storytelling session was a fun way to create awareness of Black History Month among the younger members of the community.

"The children made every effort to take part in the interactive storytelling session and both they and the teachers really enjoyed themselves."

For further information about the creative writing workshops please call into the Harris Library or contact the Harris Library information desk on 01772 532676.

For media enquiries only please contact: Jane Bullock on 01772 533521



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