An anti-racism protest

Black History Month

David Olusoga in Conversation: Black History Matters

The murder of George Floyd in the US reverberated around the world. It gave way to an explosion of protest, and a closer examination among historians of the systemic racism in the way the African diaspora is described. Cultural institutions around the world are examining their own legacy within the history of colonialism and imperialism.

Join historian David Olusoga in conversation with Dr Omar Khan for his personal perspective on how we memorialise, teach and write about racism, and why black British history matters. Professor David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and BAFTA award-winning presenter and filmmaker. He is Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester and a regular contributor to the Guardian, Observer, New Statesman and BBC History Magazine.

Omar Khan was director of the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading race equality thinktank for 6 years, until June 2020, and before that Head of Policy at Runnymede. In this capacity he was involved in helping bring the Windrush injustice to light and was a member of the advisory group of the Windrush Lessons Learned Review, chaired by Wendy Williams. He is now Director of the higher education charity TASO, and has written and spoken widely on equality, race and racism in policy, academic and media debates in Britain and internationally.


Race Relations: An Act?

Join our panel as they discuss the four Race Relations Acts since 1965 alongside the impact of immigration legislation. What effect has the UK’s legislative and policy response had on Windrush and other migrants, and their descendants? With Geoffrey Bindman, Amelia Gentleman, Maya Goodfellow, Matthew Ryder and Iyiola Solanke. Recorded 6 July 2018.


British Trade in Black Labour: The Windrush Middle Passage

After World War Two Caribbean people re-crossed the Atlantic Ocean, this time not as chattel slaves but in response to the push of colonial oppression and exploitation, and the demand for their labour in the UK. Professor Sir Hilary Beckles examines the circumstances which lead to this ‘second Middle Passage’ in this keynote lecture. Recorded 15 June 2018.


Windrush Women: Past and Present

Join contemporary international writing magazine Wasafiri to celebrate women writers from the Windrush era and hear work inspired by their legacy from a new generation living and writing in the UK. With Jay Bernard, Alison Donnell, Maria Del Pilar Kaladeen, Hannah Lowe, Susheila Nasta and Catherine Ross. Recorded 25 June 2018.