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David Olusoga: Blackness, Britishness and the Windrush Generation


David Olusoga: Blackness, Britishness and the Windrush Generation


Tuesday 8 October 2019 | 5:00 pm

+ Q&A and book signing

To coincide with the opening of Super Black, an exhibition co-curated with members of Colchester’s Black African and Caribbean communities, David Olusoga OBE, a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster, film-maker and award-winning author, is coming to Firstsite to give a unique talk about the history of British African-Caribbean people, and what it means to be black in Britain today.

From the docking of the HMT Empire Windrush ship at the port of Tilbury, to the complex questions of black identity, his talk will draw upon both the historical and contemporary experiences of living in Essex – with reference to class, culture and race.

About David Olusoga
David Olusoga was born in Nigeria to a Nigerian father and British mother, and migrated to the UK with his mother as a young child. He grew up in Gateshead and lived on a council estate. Later his home was attacked by the National Front on multiple occasions and his family eventually forced out of their home. He later attended the University of Liverpool to study the history of slavery.

After leaving university, Olusoga became a television producer, and then a presenter – beginning in ‘2014 with The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire’, about the Indian, African and Asian troops who fought in the First World War. His most recent TV series include ‘Black and British: A Forgotten History’, The World’s War’, ‘A House Through Time’, the BAFTA award-winning ‘Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners’, and the BBC’s landmark series ‘Civilisations’.

As well as his TV work, David is an award-winning author. His books include Civilizations: Encounters and the Cult of Progress, The World’s War, which won First World War Book of the Year, Black & British: A Forgotten History, which was awarded both the Longman-History Today Trustees Award and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize, and The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism.

Firstsite is a registered charity and our events are not-for-profit.

Every ticket sold raises money to show free exhibitions of award winning artists, and helps Firstsite fund local creative community projects – including free lunches and activities for families during the school holidays.


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Tuesday 8 October 2019 | 5:00 pm