Sankofa Lives! Exploring the Roots & Routes of Jamaican Identity

Thur 6 April. Doors open 6pm, talk 6:30 - 7:30pm

Rivington Place

London, UK

Exhibition tour / talk, £2

In this highly interactive talk, Dr Lez Henry will journey with you through this aspect of Jamaican history, in an endeavour to make known some of the historical continuities that link that period of emancipation to contemporary aspects of Jamaican Identity.

We will do so in concordance with the Sankofa Spirit and 'go back and fetch it', to get a greater overstanding of that historical moment in the lives of the people who lived 'in the land of wood and water'.

The talk will take place in the gallery where our exhibition Making Jamaica: Photography from the 1890s is on display.

Doors will open at 6pm to view of the exhibition, and the talk will begin at 6:30pm. 

About the speaker

Dr. William 'Lez' Henry was born in Lewisham, South east London, England of Jamaican Parents and is a poet, writer and is Lezlee Lyrix, one of the pioneer, British, Reggae-dancehall Deejays.

Dr. Henry is a Social Anthropologist, a researcher, consultant and staff trainer for Nu-Beyond Ltd: Learning By Choice!  He is a lecturer in Criminology at University of West London's, Ealing Law School and is an effective motivator and community engagement specialist with expertise as a practitioner in the fields of Social Anthropology, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Black History, Community Development, Project Management, Race and Education & Equality and Diversity.

About Making Jamaica

Making Jamaica explores how a new image of Jamaica was created through photography in the late nineteenth century.

More than 70 historical photographs, lantern slides and stereocards reveal the carefully constructed representation of this transitional period in Jamaica’s history. For first time, its people are depicted as an industrious nation post-emancipation, and their surroundings as a desirable tourist destination and tropical commodity.

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Additional Info

Autograph ABP
Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA.

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The entrance is on the side of the building.

We are located in the heart of Shoreditch, a short walk from Old Street, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations.
Buses: 26, 43, 48, 55, 67, 149, 205, 242 and 271

  • Making Jamaica exhibition at Autograph ABP. Photograph: Zoe Maxwell
  • Crossing a River, Jamaica, James Valentine & Sons, 1891. Courtesy Caribbean Photo Archive
  • Newly commissioned work by Ingrid Pollard