Juneteenth: what freedom looks like today

Last Friday, the 19th June 2020, marked the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, otherwise known as Liberation Day, Freedom day or Emancipation Day. On the 19th June 1865, enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas, were told they were free from emancipation and that the civil war had ended. Now, 155 years later, people in cities and townsContinue reading “Juneteenth: what freedom looks like today”

Grenfell: a fire fuelled by racism

This week marks the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower blaze which claimed the lives of 72 people on the horrific morning of the 14th June 2017. As Black Lives Matter protests are taking place across the country, and with greater awareness of structural racism in the UK, the anniversary this year has been particularlyContinue reading “Grenfell: a fire fuelled by racism”

Confronting British History

Due to the recent protests, awareness of systematic racism has highlighted the discriminative ways in which black people are treated in society and portrayed in British culture. Racist TV programmes like ‘Little Britain’ and statues like Edward Colston for example, which for a long time have gone unchallenged, now face scrutiny. The focus going forwardContinue reading “Confronting British History”