F.A.D British Black Icons

Collaborative project with charity F.A.D, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in collaboration with the Black Cultural Archives and supported by The BFI for black history month. Young people from London’s inner-city boroughs have collaborated on this multi faceted project to produce a free new magazine, celebrating Black Icons of the British Jazz Age in the 1920s and 30s. The project sees iconic black figures such as entertainer Rita Cann, boxer Len Johnson and broadcaster Una Marson brought to life, empowering black youth and inspiring young people from all backgrounds with their shared heritage. This unique project encouraged the young people involved to conduct hands-on archive research with original source material. Volunteers also heard lectures from some of the UK’s most respected historians, such as Stephen Bourne, to inform their work. The young volunteers explored London’s rich archives, before designing and creating textiles inspired by traditional East African Kanga cloth, to celebrate their chosen Black Icons. These cloths were then modelled by the young people themselves, providing the images that compliment the life stories explored in the magazine.

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Opal Turner

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Opal Turner
Creative & Photographer