Sickle Cell Disease ‘The Family Legacy’ and Africanus Horton Story

The 100 Black Men of London is pleased to support the Sickle Cell Society event:

‘The Family Legacy’ and Africanus Horton Story

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How much do you know about sickle cell? Do you know it is the most commonly inherited blood condition in the world? Do you know that more than 30 years before its Western ‘discovery’ in 1910 a West African medical doctor wrote a publication describing a condition with a ‘constant abnormality of blood which had a peculiar tendency to be prevalent among natives of the Tropics, who then suffered more in the rainy season’? In celebration of Black History Month USA and African heritage you are invited to a special screening of ‘The Family Legacy’, a moving British – Nigerian DVD drama about the emotional journey one family makes when their baby is born with sickle cell disease. There will be a Black History presentation on Dr Africanus Horton, a Sierra Leonean 19th century doctor who first described what subsequently became known as ‘sickle cell anaemia’. This will  be followed by a panel discussion with the film’s Director, actresses and sickle cell experts. All this plus Comedian A.D.E (who has sickle cell) will ensure you are both educated and entertained or simply put ‘edutained’! This is a free event taking place in the relaxed setting of The Maroons Caribbean restaurant and guess what? We even provide a light finger buffet for free! The event is sponsored by the NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Screening Programme as part of their outreach work to raise awareness of sickle cell disease, testing and associated myths. Reservations are essential as space is limited. Please print and bring your ticket with you. The Maroons restaurant is less than 5 minutes walk from Limehouse DLR station. Commercial Road is served by buses such as 135 and 115 from Aldgate. There is free parking on nearby roads.

For more details contact Iyamide Thomas:

Email: iyamide.thomas@sicklecellsociety.org

Tel: 07841558611

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