As part of our contribution to the Black History month programme in Bristol, BSWN Hosted three events to open up discussion about race, heritage and belonging in post-Brexit Bristol and Britain:
20.10.2017 Race, Gender and the Future of Cities
Historically and currently from the civil rights movement in the US to the contemporary global movements around Black Lives Matter women of colour have often been at the forefront of campaigns to create more humane and integrated policies and places. During this discussion, speakers Dr. Madhu Krishnan, Dr.Sumita Mukherjee, Aisha Rana-Deshmukh, and Nicole Truesdell focused on race in the context women of colour, their part in campaigning and revolution, the power of the younger generations in affecting change both in the British and American context. The audio recording of this event can be found here. To read a blog about the event by Dr. Nicole Truesdell please see here.
20.10.2017 #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack Launch and Debate
#ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack a film and history project by BSWN looks at the relationships between heritage, race, identity and belonging for the Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) community in Bristol. Charting the changing nature of BME identity in the city through conversations with BME Bristolians across generations and genders (with the help of trained BME volunteers from the community), the documentary features interviews with members of the community, activists and political leaders. This documentary screening was followed by a panel discussion with speakers including Deputy Mayor Asher Craig, Afua Hirsch, Maya Goodfellow, Omar Khan, and David Olusoga.
This documentary is available to via on our Youtube channel here.
The audio recording of this event and panel discussion can also be found here.
21.10.2017 #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack Community Documentary Launch and discussion
Due to the incredible demand, and to also bring the documentary back to the community where it was filmed, BSWN hosted a second documentary viewing at the Docklands following the launch event. First, the documentary was screened before the BME community was engaged on their views of the documentary and where Bristol as a city is headed in terms of racial politics, heritage, and belonging. Speakers for the evening included Dr. Edson Burton, Sado Jirde, Kunle Olulode, Delano Gourmet Moore, Michael Jenkins, Desmond Brown, and Councillor Estella Tincknell. For more information about this event, please see here.