Two Films on the Black History of Surfing


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Essential information

Date and time: 
2 November 2019 | 2pm - 5pm
£6 members | £8 adults | £3 child
National Maritime Museum, Ground floor, Lecture Theatre
Discount for members

Black History Walks presents White Wash, a feature length documentary exploring race in America through the eyes of the ocean. The film charts the origins of surfing on the West coast of Africa and Polynesia, introduces the Black godfather of surfing and comments on how the sport became identified with blue-eyed blondes. It also explores 1950s African-American beach culture and civil rights.

White Wash will be preceded by a short film, Surf girls of Jamaica, about Imani Wilmot, an inspirational Jamaican surfer who uses sport to transform local women's lives and experiences in Kingston, Jamaica.

The two films will be followed by a Skype conversation with Professor Alison Jefferson, who is a featured historian in White Wash. 

Professor Jefferson holds a  Ph.D. in Public History and American History. A native of Los Angeles, California, her research interest revolves around the intersection of historical memory, American history, Black Angeleno history, historic preservation and cultural tourism in Southern California during the twentieth century, great migration and Jim Crow era. Professor Jefferson has participated in numerous public history programs, including museum exhibitions, oral history interview research, the creation of commemorative monuments and documentary films.

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