Our first public event was held in collaboration with the UK Sickle Cell Society on 15 June 2012.
Here is an excerpt from the event description:
“Sickle Cell Disease – A Sierra Leonean Discovery, where in addition to screening ‘The Family Legacy’ we will showcase the illustrious Sierra Leonean ‘Krio’ Doctor, who first recognised and wrote about sickle cell disease (in 1874), long before the Western ‘discovery’ by James Herrick in 1910. This famous man was the son of an Igbo recaptive slave, and was born and educated in Sierra Leone. He went to the famous Fourah Bay College before going on to become one of the first Africans to qualify in medicine in the UK”.
Following the success of this event, Southwark Council accepted our application to put on a similar event as part of their official Black History Month 2012 Programme.