In the run up to Black History Month, pupils at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School have taken part in the Leeds Black History Walk, run by local actor and writer, Joe Williams.

Joe Williams is a Leeds born actor/writer and visiting fellow at the University of Leeds. Over four decades, with a strong foundation in theatre in education, Joe has co-founded several theatre, community arts and history projects.

In 2014, Joe received a Leeds Black Award for services to Arts and previously won a Stephen Lawrence Award for services to education.

He founded Heritage Corner to develop the Leeds Black History Walk and to disseminate information through arts, education and public discourse.

Joe recently appeared on TV as Pablo Fanque, Britain's first circus owner of African descent, who is buried in Leeds, a role he has also taken to New York. Other pieces he has written have been performed at the British Library, various universities, the Harrogate International Festival's Royal Hall as well as many venues in Leeds, such as Kirkstall Abbey and Leeds Libraries.

He has performed different roles, readings and talks nationally and also recently narrated for the Sacred Sounds tour, about Sikh soldiers in WW1.


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