'We must recover our past to preserve the future’
The BAM! Sistahood! Project focused on the cultural, social and political heritage of four generations of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) women in the North East of England. The project engaged diverse communities, traditionally omitted from many regional heritage projects, in the recovery, mapping, research, digital archiving and promotion of North East black and minority women’s unique cultural and political identities and heritage.
This participatory and learner led project engaged women in their own strands of unique personal and community histories whilst placing it within the greater context of a rich tapestry of black and minority women’s movement and active cultural engagement in the region.
The project was delivered between November 2014 & October 2016 and involved many public and community participation events, local, regional and national exhibitions as well as an online archive and website.
The BAM! Sistahood! Project continues to be a groundbreaking project, unique in its perspective and approach both supporting and advocating that black and minority women remain active decision makers and custodians of their own heritage. The BAM! Sistahood! Project participants were also agents of change creating a blueprint for future generations of community and participant led digital heritage projects.
The legacy of the BAM! Sistahood! Project is not only about recovering a lost and underrepresented heritage but also about promoting the ongoing revelations of living in a region with one of the the fastest changing demographics in the country. The project celebrates this past and future diversity whilst authentically reflecting black and minority women’s vast cultural, social and political contribution.
The Angelou Centre worked in partnership with a number of prominent sister organisations in the North East, each providing their own unique spin on the BAM! Sistahood! legacy and supporting local women and communities to get involved.