'They Also Served' in WWI
Service and Exhibition Sunday 2nd July in Birmingham
This is information from Bishop Dr Joe Aldred at Churches Together in England and Angelina Osborne from the CTE project 'They Also Served' about a service and exhibition to solemnly remember and reflect upon the contributions of African and Caribbean Servicemen to WW1.
Service date: Sunday 2 July 2017
Time: 5PM – 7PM
Venue: The New Testament Church of God, Lozells Road, Birmingham B19 1NP
Keynote speaker: Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, priest vicar at Westminster Abbey and Chaplain to the Queen
With prayers, music, dance and poetry from Aberdeen Street Gospel Choir, operatic soprano Abigail Kelly, Brothers United in Christ, King Solomon Business School Choir, Roy McFarlane and Sandra Golding.
For many years, the contributions of African and Caribbean servicemen to the First World War has been largely forgotten and underexplored. The war’s centenary (2014-2018) presents an opportunity to revisit this history, and to re-examine and rediscover African and Caribbean involvement. It is now recognised that the assistance and service of over 2 million Africans and 16,000 Caribbeans, not to mention the countless Black Britons that joined British regiments, made a considerable impact in terms of manpower and resources. It means that the Great War was a multi-racial and multi-national war.
‘They also served’ is an 18-month Research Project led by Dr Angelina Osborne that has been uncovering African and Caribbean contributions to WW1. Join us for this project concluding event that pays tribute to these heroes.
Planning Group: Dr Joe Aldred, Rev Canon Eve Pitts, Dave King, Paulette Douglas
FREE REGISTRATION: www.bit.do/theyalsoserved
'They Also Served' is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.