Jeremy McQueen is today’s Black History Month LGBT+ hero, nominated by Pride Trustee Julie who says ….I have always loved ballet and dance as an art form that can express a range of emotions and stories. It is shocking that ballet shoes for black dancers, to match the shoes to their skin tone, have only recently been created. So I am nominating Jeremy McQueen, a queer, black, choreographer who uses story-telling rooted in experience and social engagement. “We’re Turning Black Lives into Works of Art” said Jeremy McQueen. He formed The Black Iris Project, a ballet collaborative that brings together professional black ballet dancers from companies around the country, and black artists of various other mediums to create new ballets that are rooted in black history or the black experience. MADIBA – a new ballet by The Black Iris Project is a socially-relevant classical ballet based on the life of humanitarian and political icon Nelson “Madiba” Mandela that takes his experience as an avid activist and encourages others to discover the value and purpose in their lives just as he did, despite his 27-year prison sentence.
 
If you would like to nominate your hero or find out more about our BAME LGBT+ Forum, please email Norwich Pride historian Stevie at history@norwichpride.org.uk
 
You can check out all our Black History Month LGBT+ heroes on our website www.norwichpride.org.uk/news/
 
To download a copy of the Norfolk Black History Month 2020 brochure go to: https://www.norfolkblackhistorymonth.org/events