One of the first Notting Hill ‘street’ Carnival in 1968, which was an outside public event © Charlie Phillips
We are delighted to announce that after our screening of I Am Not Your Negro on Tuesday 16 May we will be hosting a discussion on James Baldwin’s work. We will be looking at how his lasting legacy connects with the vastly influential Black History of Notting Hill, which played a pivotal role in laying the foundations of a multi-cultural London and social activism across Britain.
The Gate welcomes legendary photographer and restaurateur Charlie Phillips, a documentarist of Black History of London, as well as a contemporary of James Baldwin, Ishmahil Blagrove, Jr. – writer, filmmaker and lecturer, co-author of Carnival: A Photographic and Testimonial History of the Notting Hill Carnival, and John Maxwell Worrell, music marketing executive and literary critic.
The first part of the talk will be hosted by Ishmahil Blagrove, Jr. in conversation with Charlie Phillips, on his memories of local history, the Black History of London, as well as his impressions of James Baldwin, whom he met and photographed. John Maxwell Worrell will be reflecting on Baldwin’s work, and how it influences political activism today. The second part of the talk will be open to our audience – a chance to ask questions, share your own thoughts and experiences, discuss the significance of political activism today and the enduring, growing influence of Baldwin’s philosophy.
Tuesday 16 May
I Am Not Your Negro (12a)
Director: Raoul Peck. Featuring: James Baldwin. France/USA 2016. 94 mins.
With unprecedented access to James Baldwin’s original work, award-winning filmmaker Raoul Peck has completed the cinematic version of the book Baldwin never wrote – a radical narration about race in America that tracks the lives and assassinations of Baldwin’s friends, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers.
Booking is available in-person at our Box Office:
87 Notting Hill Gate,
Booking is also available over the phone, via our booking line: 0871 902 5731 (calls cost 13p a minute plus your telephone company’s access charge), or online, via our website.