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RAISING FUNDS – AND CONSCIOUSNESS – FOR HAITI

15-02-2010

Fancy a Haiti fundraiser with a difference? Check out the return of former BBC WM presenter and Channel 4 documentary maker Robert Beckford to the West Midlands next month.

Beckford - who studied in Birmingham - is talking at The Drum in Aston, and it promises to be a challenging afternoon for whitey, as the broadcaster examines the roots of Haiti’s appalling economic situation.

In the wake of the recent earthquake, we were contstantly reminded that the country is the poorest in the western hemisphere, but precious little time has been spent on explaining why.

One suspects the answer may involve pillage and plunder by Western (not to mention British) imperialists.

Thankfully, Beckford is not the kind of man to bear a grudge, so allcomers will be welcome to what is sure to be an erudite and provocative afternoon.

Over three hours, he’ll explain – in the company of a varied group of speakers – the key features of Haiti’s history.

It’s only a fiver in, and you’ll certainly get more out of it than downloading “Everybody Hurts”.

(Other speakers include educator Panyin Ewusi on the Haitian revolution, Cecil Gutzmore, lecturer & political activist on reparations, and journalist Toyin Agbetu – founder of Ligali, a Pan African Human Rights Organisation – on media coverage of the crisis).

The event is at The Drum, Potter’s Lane, Aston on Sunday March 7, 2-5pm

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