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First Street hosts Black History Month


FIRST STREET in Harare will on Saturday host the Black History Month in remembrance of the black people who sacrificed their lives to fight white supremacy and black inferiority.


The celebrations are being spearheaded by the Zimbabwe Poets for Human Rights (ZPHR) under the banner Civil Rights Street Bash Poetry Party with various activities lined up. The event will start at 2pm up to 6pm.

ZPHR national co-ordinator Robson Shoes Lambada said his organisation had collaborated with other arts groupings namely Toi Toi Arts ensemble, Artists for Democracy in Zimbabwe Trust and dance ensemble Jibilika.

“We have decided to partner with these organisations to bring flavour and diversity as we honour our black heroes,” Lambada said.

“Those who will come will be treated to a wide range of acts including poetry, dance and music in line with the theme of the event. We have also carefully chosen to use First Street because of its historical background since only whites were allowed there during the colonial period.

“For us, it is a celebration of freedom and this is indeed a befitting honour to all those heroes who fought against white supremacy.”

Black History Month traces its roots from American civil rights activist Carter Hoodson who founded the Negro History Week in 1915.

It only became known as the Black History Month in 1976 when America celebrated its 200th independence.

ZPHR is a social movement of spoken word artistes who fight for the recognition, respect and upholding of human rights of every citizen regardless of race, colour, gender, creed or tribe in Zimbabwe.

ZPHR has been the convenors of the Black History Month since 2007 locally. This year they have already held events in Gweru, Bulawayo, Harare and Chitungwiza. They will be hosting another event in Mutare on Friday, a day before the First Street festivities.

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