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Young, Gifted and Black

with performance poet and storyteller Sue Brown

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Come and share the inspirational stories of 52 people of colour, from the past and present!

Meet poet-composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai, Three Musketeers author Alexandre Dumas, NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson and explorer Matthew Hensone – all men and women who chased their dreams.

Familiar icons such as the Obamas, civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and Nina Simone (who wrote the song "Young Gifted and Black") are described alongside less well-known figures, in this fantastic snapshot of black change-makers from across the globe.


Sue was born in Birmingham in 1961 to Jamaican parents. She is the mother of three children and seven grandchildren. Sue is a performance poet and collaborates with musicians and dancers, taking part in various spoken word productions and events nationally and internationally.

Using poetry and creative writing, Sue has conducted multiple workshops on themes ranging from identity, social commentary to nature and the Seasons! She is also a member of the writer’s group - Writers Without Borders and a member of Rhythm Chant (spoken word & music duo), and most recently, the co-founder of Nakuona (I See You!)

Sue is a TV and Radio Presenter and was awarded the MVISA & RTS 2019 Awards for her roles in the 2018 BBC4 documentary, The First Black Brummies’.

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