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#ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack Launch and Debate

  • Watershed 1 Canon's Road Bristol, England, BS1 5TX United Kingdom (map)

#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. It focuses on how BME individuals and communities in Bristol express their racial identity/heritage in post-Brexit England when vitriol racial and nationalistic rhetoric is being used to question the place and heritage of people of colour place within the UK. 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 (produced in partnership with 8th Sense Media) features interviews with members of the community, activists and political leaders.
Following the film, Deputy Mayor Asher Craig (Bristol City Council), writer, broadcaster and barrister Afua Hirsch, researcher Maya Goodfellow, Omar Khan (director of the Runneymede Trust) and writer and broadcaster David Olusoga will explore issues of identity, inclusion and belonging in future cities in a discussion.

About the speakers:

David Olusoga is a British Nigerian historian, writer and broadcaster. He has presented a number of historical documentaries on the BBC and contributed to The One Show and The Guardian. His historical subjects have focused on military history, race and slavery.

Cllr. Asher Craig has over 30 years experience as a community activist, leader, management consultant and now politician.  She has championed the needs of the voice-less, with a particular emphasis on the social-economic development ofBME and under-represented communities. In March 2017 Asher was asked to step into the new role of Deputy Mayor – Communities, bringing into & elevating the issue of Public Health within this new portfolio. 

Afua Hirsch is a writer, broadcaster, barrister and human rights development worker of Ghanaian, English and Jewish heritage. She is the Social Affairs and Education Editor for Sky News and was previously a correspondent for the British newspaper The Guardian.

Maya Goodfellow is the Graduate Teaching Assistant in the departments of Development Studies and Politics and iNternational studies at the SOAS University of London. She is also a writer and researcher, and a regular columnist for Media Diversified and LabourList at the Guardian. Her work mostly focuses on UK politics, gender and race. 

Dr. Omar Khan is Runnymede's Director. Prior to this he was Runnymede's Head of Policy and led the financial inclusion programme. Omar has also published many articles and reports on political theory and British political history for Runnymede over the past eight years and has spoken on topics including multiculturalism, integration, socio-economic disadvantage, and positive action.

How to book: 

This event is by invitation only.

#ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack Launch and Debate - Festival of the Future City

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. It focuses on how BME individuals and communities in Bristol express their racial identity/heritage in post-Brexit England when vitriol racial and nationalistic rhetoric is being used to question the place and heritage of people of colour place within the UK.

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