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BLACK HISTORY MONTH  UK

27TH OCTOBER 6PM

100 GREAT BLACK BRITONS

Patrick Vernon, OBE, will be speaking with us at the REN, to discuss his new book: 100 Great Black Britons

He joined us earlier this year, in conversation with Professor Olonisakin on Windrush Day, to discuss the Windrush Generation and we are delighted to have him back. Visit our YouTube channel to watch a recording of the event.

PROMO VIDEO HERE &

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30TH OCTOBER 1PM

THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN

HARRIET TUBMAN'S GREAT GREAT GREAT NEPHEW RETURNS

We're excited to welcome back, Dr A.J. Brickler III, who will be joining us to discuss the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps. 

Dr Brickler III, alongside his son, Dr Alex Brickler IV joined us earlier this year to discuss the amazing legacy of their great great aunt,           Harriet Tubman. The recording from this talk will be released on our YouTube channel soon.

PROMO VIDEO HERE

SIGN UP LINK HERE 

 

 

 

EACH DAY

EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2020, WE WILL BE POSTING AT LEAST ONE POST ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER AND YAMMER ABOUT OUR BRILLIANT AND TALENTED COMMUNITY HERE AT KING'S WITH BLACK/AFRICAN/CARIBBEAN HERITAGE. We've created a padlet, check it out HERE (and get in touch if you want to be a part of it RaceEqualityNetwork@kcl.ac.uk). Follow the stories on REN TWITTER  and REN INSTAGRAM.

 

BLACK LIVES MATTER

We spoke to photographer Carla Choppy, who has been covering the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK, and will be releasing a recording of this interview.

We will also be hosting an online exhibition of her work with a Q&A session.

DATE TO BE CONFIRMED

 

REN BOOK CLUB 

Our REN (Race Equality Network) Core Committee Member Alexandria Mitchell is launching a BOOK CLUB which will kick off this BLACK HISTORY MONTH. Check it out HERE.

 DATE TO BE CONFIRMED

 

 

PAST EVENTS

20TH OCTOBER MIDDAY 

ACADEMIC CAREERS: Celebrating Professor Olonisakin

The Race Equality Network will be celebrating Vice-President and Vice-Principal International and Professor of Security, Leadership and Development at King’s, Professor Olonisakin, on her incredible career and achievements to date, in and outside of King's.

TO SIGN UP AND SEE OUR PROMO VIDEO, CLICK HERE              (link to sign up is in the description of the video)

 

21ST OCTOBER 6PM

MEET HANNAH AJALA, FREELANCE JOURNALIST

Hannah Ajala is currently a freelance journalist and has recently spent most of the year travelling across West Africa working on a range of stories and broadcasting for organisations such as the BBC. Hannah is passionate about shedding more light on engaging stories about marginalised communities, which has led her to reports on positive and uplifting international stories. Hannah is also the founder of We Are Black Journos, an events and networking platform connecting and celebrating Black journalists. She wanted to create a safe space and platform for Black journalists, who shockingly only make up 0.2% of journalists in the UK. We Are Black Journos has gained more recognition since 2018, and she looks forward to growing it further with the help of the ever growing network and supporters.

 

Our Race Equality Network Co-chair Alexandria Mitchell will be interviewing Hannah Ajala. Audience members will have the opportunity to also ask questions. So join us for this LIVE ONLINE EVENT by signing up via this link (available in the description of our PROMO VIDEO) 

 

23RD OCTOBER 2020 

The Sickle Cell Society & The Race Equality Network at King's College London, Talk Sickle Cell & Blood Donation

The Sickle Cell Society is delighted to be joining The Race Equality Network at King’s College London, to provide an informative presentation on:

  • Sickle Cell Disorder (SCD)
  • History of Blood donation
  • The urgent need for black and mixed-race blood donors, and
  • How you can sign up to save a life: bit.ly/scsgiveblood

Speakers:

  • Dr Grace Redhead

Register to Join Our Event HERE

Overview

Sickle Cell Disorder (SCD) is the most common serious inherited blood disorder in the world. In the UK, it is estimated that around 15,000 people are affected. Anyone can have SCD, however in the UK most people with SCD are of African or Caribbean heritage.

During this interactive session, we will provide an overview of this sometimes overlooked condition, explain why ethnically matched blood is needed to save the lives of people most severely affected by SCD and explain how you can get involved in our projects and help us ‘turn up the volume on blood donation’.

This event will be delivered virtually using Zoom.

Help us to Turn up the Volume:

We are seeking one or two ‘Sickle Cell Champions’ to help us ensure that the opportunity to sign up as a potential blood donor following our presentation reaches as many people as possible. The role is simple and short term.

After our presentation we ask you to share our link and supporting information with as many of your personal contacts and networks as possible, highlighting the urgent need for more black donors to join us via this link: bit.ly/scsgiveblood

If you are super keen and want to be more involved, we can support you to arrange a group blood donation session for your colleagues or friends.

To opt-in, contact: Tracy Williams, tracy.williams@sicklecellsociety.org

 

26th OCTOBER 2020 MIDDAY

The Abolitionist Curriculum

Lecturer Dr Jon Ward will be discussing his incredible work on decolonising the curriculum and what this means for the future of education in the U.K.

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A CONVESATION WITH TWO BLACK SCIENTISTS AT KING'S 

Join us as we host important conversations focusing on careers.

In conversation with: two black scientists at King's, followed by a Q&A session: SEE the PROMO video  and sign up (sign up link in the PROMO VIDEO DESCRIPTION. 

 

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REN WEBSITE

REN YOUTUBE

REN INSTAGRAM 

REN TWITTER 

 

WHY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATED IN OCTOBER IN THE UK BUT IN FEBRUARY IN THE US? WHO STARTED IT ALL? WATCH OUR VIDEO

You gotta also read this post from BlackHistoryMonth.org.uk - it's great.

 

 

BLACK LIVES MATTER

If you are troubled by the recent events and would like to leave a message of support and solidarity for your colleagues,

you can post here 

 

 

PURPOSE

THE PURPOSE of King's Race Equality Network (REN) is to promote and advance race equality at King's! It seeks to provide networking opportunities and support both the personal and professional development of all members. As a network we aim to create a space for identifying and tackling cultural & diversity issues around university policies and practices through supporting the implementation of Kings Race Equality Action Plan.

As a network we value the importance of building a community that embraces relational power, transparency, knowledge sharing, respect and equality.

 

 

OBJECTIVES

  • To support with implementing the actions outlined within Kings Race Equality Action Plan

  • To promote and represent the interests of BME staff and students

  • Develop tangible and practical solutions for changing the way in which race is discussed at King's

  • Working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders who share our ethos

  • To develop a thriving online space for members to connect and share resources

  • Celebrate the achievements and successes of those internally and externally fighting for race equality

  • Create a cultural shift within the university towards open and honest conversations about race

 

SPONSORS

We are grateful for the support and mentorship from the following people:

Dr Renee Romeo

Dr John Narayan

Professor Evelyn Welch

Syreeta Allen 

Professor Funmi Olonisakin

Dr Victor Fan 

 

THE TEAM & how to get in touch

Race Equality Network members are of every ethnic background.

EVERYONE is very welcome to join. 

We have some focused groups for people who come from specific ethnic backgrounds as sometimes this is needed to work on very specific projects as part of the work and healing we are trying to achieve but the network is for everyone. Our core committee has members from many different ethnic backgrounds, with all the different skin tones (black, brown, white and everything in between), and are from many different nationalities. 

 

CORE COMMITTEE TEAM

Our core committee network team has 7 members:

  • Alexandria Mitchell - committee member 

  • Michael Bankole- committee member 

  • Rebecca Brown - committee member 

  • Zahra Khan - committee member 

  • Olivia Timeyin - committee member

  • VJ Sidhu - co-chair

  • Jenny Agha Innamaa - co-chair 

  • Whitney Robinson (one of our former co-chairs) has now left King's and is at UCL. She continues to be a valued supporter and friend of our network. We will be working with Whitney on her 'women of colour in the workplace' series, so watch this space for information on that.

 

Email us RaceEqualityNetwork@kcl.ac.uk

Follow our new INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT

Follow us on TWITTER

Watch our past events on our YouTube channel

 

So far there are 210 people (and growing fast) from King's College London who are part of the wider Race Equality Network family.

 

HOW TO JOIN? King's College London staff and PGR students can join the network by joining our YAMMER GROUP (this is also good one for all the internal events that are not advertised externally).

Not staff/PGR but still want to join? Though the network is a staff and PGR network, we work closely with undergraduate and master students on many different projects. Master and undergraduate students are welcome at many of our events. If you are a master/undergraduate student and want information on our events/just to get in touch, email us RaceEqualityNetwork@kcl.ac.uk 

 

READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Read some of the articles and blogs written by members of the Race Equality Network as well as by the amazing people we have collaborated with

ARTICLE LIBRARY

MICHAEL BANKOLE

One of our core Race Equality Network committee members, Michael Bankole,   has written many articles for newspapers like The Independent. To read, click on the links below:

 

 

 

Michael also co-hosts Politics JaM with Jeevun

A weekly podcast with @jeevun2019 & @mxkes - two young academics analysing politics, talking to guests and listening to jams.linktr.ee/PoliticsJaM

 

 

 

MICHAELA TRANFIELD

For SOUTH ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH we have been featuring one person per day from our King's Community with South Asian heritage, including Michaela Tranfield. Michaela has also written a blog for King's Equality, Diversity & Inclusion about this month which you can find here:

Cultural identity and insecurity: Growing up South Asian in UK schools

To read more by Micheala, including her blog on the lecture by Akala that we organised on the 16th October 2019, check out Micheal Writes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17TH AUGUST 2020 AT 13:30

A musical afternoon with Santoor Maestro & Composer - Abhay Rustum Sopori to celebrate South Asian Heritage Month

 

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Join us for an enchanting musical afternoon with Santoor maestro and composer - Abhay Rustum Sopori.

Abhay represents the fabled Sopori - Sufiana Gharana of Kashmir, the exclusive traditional Santoor family of India with its roots spanning over more than 300 years. He learnt music under the Shaivaite - Sufi tradition Guru-Shishya Parampara from his grandfather Pandit Shamboo Nath Sopori, the great Master musician hailed as the ‘Father of Music’ in Jammu and Kashmir, and also from his father Pandit Bhajan Sopori, the legendary Santoor virtuoso and music composer.

The Santoor is a trapezoid shaped musical instrument closely associated with Jammu & Kashmir. It derives its name from the name Shata- tantric, meaning a Veena of hundred strings. It consists of a hollow box with twenty five bridges, each having four strings resting on it. It is played with the help of two wooden mallets known as mezrabs and usually accompanies Sufi music.

There will be a short musical performance followed by Q & As.

This event has been organised by King's Race Equality Network as part of the South Asian Heritage Month celebrations.

 

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7TH AUGUST 2020 AT 3.30PM 

CHAI & CHAT

AN INFORMAL CATCH UP SESSION FOR OUR SOUTH ASIAN COLLEAGUES

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An informal catch up session for SOUTH ASIAN COLLEAGUES at King's College London to get together, celebrate our heritage, talk about our different experiences, and connect with colleagues across the university. This session has been organised as part of the celebrations for South Asian Heritage Month by us at the Race Equality Network.

 

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WE ARE CELEBRATING

SOUTH ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH 

18TH JULY TO 17TH AUGUST 2020

SEE HERE

We have so much planned for this month and we will be announcing everything here, so stay tuned, subscribe to our YouTube channel, follow us on Instagram and Twitter to get all the information. You won't want to miss this!

 

CELEBRATING KING'S STAFF AND STUDENTS WITH SOUTH ASIAN HERITAGE.Everyday, we will feature more stories HERE

 

FRIDAY 31ST JULY 2020 AT 11AM 

Online coffee morning for our King's community with EAST/SouthEAST Asian heritage.  

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King's Staff & Student Community with East/Southeast Asian heritage all welcome for this online coffee morning .

FRIDAY 31ST JULY 2020 AT 11AM.

This will be a safe and supportive space for members of the community to meet, discuss various topics, share thoughts, feelings, learn, celebrate diverse cultures & resources or you can simply listen in!  

Please do note that this is for our King's Community with EAST/SouthEAST Asian heritage ONLY.

TO JOIN CLICK HERE  

Any questions, email RaceEqualityNetwork@kcl.ac.uk

 

23RD JULY 2020

BLACK COMMUNITY AT KING'S COFFEE MORNING

*Black - those of African or Caribbean descent or of more than one heritage with Black ethnicity.

 

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We invite all *Black staff members at King's to join us for our next coffee morning on Thursday 9th July at 11:00am.

This is a safe and supportive space for members of the Black community to meet, discuss various topics, share our thoughts, feelings & resources or you can simply listen in!

We especially want to provide a safe space to discuss the impact of events on our lives, and give you the opportunity to share how you feel. We'd like to hear from you and offer any support needed. To join us

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 *Black - those of African or Caribbean descent or of more than one heritage with Black ethnicity.

 

16TH JULY 2020 MIDDAY

BLACK EXPERIENCE JAPAN

"Here in Japan I am a free black man….I feel free. I don’t have fear the police, I don’t fear white people, I don’t fear black people….I feel like a free black man…a free man” Robert Jefferson – from Broadcast Japan - quote and interview taken from BLACK EXPERIENCE JAPAN documentary.

JOIN US THIS THURSDAY 16TH JULY 2020 MIDDAY FOR A CONVERSATION WITH RANZO WHO WILL JOIN
US DIRECT FROM JAPAN!

Ranzo is a documentary filmmaker. He is the founder of BLACK EXPERIENCE JAPAN and the MELANATED FILES. He films the real-life experiences of black people in East/Southeast Asia, in countries such as Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea and China.

 

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This is an opportunity to hear a talk by Ranzo on the problem with the prevailing narrative of black people in the media and the work needed to repair the global misrepresentations and overly simplistic single story image of black people.

The Japan Times recently said this of Ranzo:
“In 2020, there are many books, podcasts, social media accounts and YouTube channels that offer the black perspective on life in Japan. The Black Experience Japan, however, manages something that the country’s English-language YouTube community rarely achieves — a journalistic approach to life in the country in which the creator of the video isn’t the central figure”

Thursday 16th July will be an opportunity to not only listen to a conversation between Ranzo and our Race Equality Network’s core committee member Michael Bankole but you will also be able to fully engage in the conversation during the q&a session.


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14TH JULY 2020 

MODERN SLAVERY & RACE

We are delighted to invite you to a Lunch & Learn (L&L) with         Debbie Oriyo OBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCE) and the UK BME Anti-Slavery Network (BASNET). 

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10TH JULY 2020

ASIAN & SOUTHEAST ASIAN COMMUNITY AT KING'S COFFEE MORNING

Coffee Morning for the EAST and SOUTHEAST ASIAN COMMUNITY at King's

Many people who have *East/ Southeast Asian heritage at King's, have experienced increased racism after the outbreak of Covid 19 and have been targeted because of their background.

We have organised a coffee morning session for staff and students at King's who have *East/Southeast Asian heritage specifically.

This is a safe space to speak openly and share experiences.

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We invite all *East/South East Asian students and staff members at King's to join us for our next coffee morning on Friday, 10th July at 10.00am.

This is a safe and supportive space for members of the community to meet, discuss various topics, share our thoughts, feelings & resources or you can simply listen in!

 We especially want to provide a safe space to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on your lives, give you the opportunity to share how you feel and discuss any concerns related to return to campus. We'd like to hear from you and offer any support needed.

If you have East Asian/Southeast Asian heritage and would like to join,

SIGN UP HERE

*Students & staff of East & Southeast Asian heritage including:    Mainland China; Hong Kong; Taiwan; Japan; Macau; Mongolia; North Korea; South Korea; Brunei, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand; Vietnam

 

 

9TH JULY 2020

BLACK COMMUNITY AT KING'S

COFFEE MORNING 

*Black - those of African or Caribbean descent or of more than one heritage with Black ethnicity.

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We invite all *Black staff members at King's to join us for our next coffee morning on Thursday 9th July at 11:00am.

This is a safe and supportive space for members of the Black community to meet, discuss various topics, share our thoughts, feelings & resources or you can simply listen in!

We especially want to provide a safe space to discuss the impact of events on our lives, and give you the opportunity to share how you feel. We'd like to hear from you and offer any support needed. To join us,

REGISTER HERE 

 *Black - those of African or Caribbean descent or of more than one heritage with Black ethnicity.


2ND OF JULY 2020

HARRIET TUBMAN & HER GREAT GREAT NEPHEW, DR. A.J. BRICKLER III 

We have the greatest honour of hosting a talk by Harriet Tubman's great great nephew, Dr A.J. Brickler III.

Join us on the 2nd July for a chance to listen to this talk and also to ask him questions directly about his great great aunt, the most famous conductor of the underground railroad

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Programme:

  • 1.10pm Dr A. J. Brickler III talk/lecture
  • Closing statements by three undergraduate students:         Abigail Oyedele, Michaela Tranfield and Michael Wilson.
  • Expected finish time 2.30/2.45pm (we think it will be shorter but have allowed time just in case there are any technical issues also etc) 

Event will be on Zoom

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Dr. AJ Brickler is an award-winning OB/GYN who has attained numerous professional and personal accolades.

Dr. Brickler graduated Howard University’s College of Medicine in the summer of 1986 and began practicing with his father later that year.

In 1998, he joined the largest practice in Tallahassee. He is Board Certified with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has served on numerous medical boards over his career.He plans to retire at 70.

In addition to giving presentations on his great-great aunt, Harriet Tubman, he educates community groups about the Tuskegee Airmen, an all Black fighter group, legendary for bomber escort in WWII.

Dr. Brickler is a firm believer that you can accomplish almost anything with hard work and dedication.

His chosen specialty provides the satisfaction of having patients for a lifetime and helping them with major milestones. One of his mentors, Dr. Lesalle Lefall, told him “If you just sit listen to your patients, they’ll tell you what the problem is.” Dr. Brickler took that advice to heart and starts a dialogue with his patients to understand their concerns and medical goals. When he has a hard time getting up for patient care at 1:30 in the morning, he reflects on what motivated him in the first place. Seeing a newborn take their first breath, and a new mother hold that child up to her breast, and the joy it brings is a feeling like no other. His advice to others when they have those same struggles is to find the motivation that brought you to this point.

Dr. Brickler lives in Tallahassee, Florida; USA. He lives with his amazing and supportive wife and has two sons. His grandson just celebrated his 1st birthday.

 

25TH JUNE 2020

BLACK COMMUNITY AT KING'S

COFFEE MORNING 

*Black - those of African or Caribbean descent or of more than one heritage with Black ethnicity.

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The Black Staff Community Group at King's (part of REN) would like to invite *Black staff at King's to our first coffee morning this Thursday 25th June at 11am.

This will be a safe and supportive space for us to discuss various topics, say whats on your mind, share resources or for you to simply listen in.

We especially want to provide you a safe space to discuss recent events and give you the opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings. We'd like to hear from you and offer any support needed.

To join us, please register here:

We are looking forward to welcoming you.

 

24TH JUNE 2020

EVENT ALERT!!!

WINDRUSH - A CONVERSATION ON VALUE AND IDENTITY WITH PATRICK VERNON OBE AND PROFESSOR 'FUNMI OLONISAKIN

FOR INFORMATION AND TO SIGN UP, SEE HERE

 

MARCH 2020

UNPACKING THE NARRATIVE:                        WOMEN OF COLOUR IN THE WORKPLACE 

You won't want to miss this! Sign up here.

King's Race Equality Network are proud to present " Unpacking the Narrative: Women of Colour In the Workplace".

ABOUT THIS EVENT

"There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others".- Michelle Obama

Regardless of the sector or worker seniority, women are significantly more likely to face workplace discrimination in comparison to men. However, discrimination against women of colour doesn’t always fit neatly into either "racism" or "sexism"-but is rather a combination of both.

In honour of International Women's Day, this event is dedicated to amplifying the authentic voices of women of colour, and unpacking the narratives behind phenomena such as the Imposter Syndrome, "Pet to Threat" and other day to day challenges that arise within the workplace.

This is a brave space to share challenges, understand each other's experiences, forge meaningful relationships and remove feelings of isolation in our struggles as we strive for equity and collective workplace advancement.

Join us on the 19th March for an evening of authentic narratives, networking & inspiration!

Programme

18.15-18.30: Introduction & performances

18:30-19:30: Panel Discussion

19:30-20:00: Audience Questions

20:00-20:45: Networking & Refreshments

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FEBRUARY COMPETITION
500 words on colourism
WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON

(This competition is open to King's College London staff and students only)

To kick off the new year, there is an opportunity to win a copy of Lupita Nyong'o new book on colourism: SULWE

It is such a beautiful, powerful and moving children's book but also one very much for adults.

If you love to write/have something to say on this topic and are interested in taking part in the competition, here's what you have to do:

  1. WRITE 500 WORDS ON A PIECE ENTITLED:                              "TO WHAT EXTENT IS COLOURISM AN ISSUE IN MODERN BRITAIN"
  2. Email a copy (to RaceEqualityNetwork@kcl.ac.uk) of what you have written by the 24th February 2020 (no later than 23:59).

The winner will get a copy of the book and we will also publish their written work on our website.

WATCH LUPITA NYONG'O SPEECH ON COLOURISM


JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2020

HMMI

LESSONS FROM HOLOCAUST & GENOCIDE SURVIVORS

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE

AS PART OF THE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS, KING'S RACE EQUALITY NETWORK ORGANISED A SERIES OF LECTURES TO HONOUR THOSE WHO SURVIVED AND THOSE WHO WERE KILLED DURING THE HOLOCAUST.

 

MONDAY 27TH JANUARY 2020 

Monday 27th January was Holocaust Memorial Day

SPEAKERS:271

  • Sarah Guerra, Director of Equality & Inclusion at King's, opened the event and introduced the speakers.
  • King's student Michaela Tranfield also delivered a talk and moderated the q&a session with Roxzann Baker and Dr Jonathan Leader Maynard 

 

BELOW KING'S STUDENT MICHAELA TRANFIELD TAKES THE STAGE TO DELIVER A TALK  AND THEN MODERATES THE AUDIENCE Q&A SESSION WITH ROXZANN BAKER AND DR JONATHAN LEADER MAYNARD

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BELOW DR RENEE ROMEO ON THE LEFT CLOSES THE EVENT ; ROXZANN BAKER ; MICHAELA TRANFIELD; DR JONATHAN LEADER MAYNARD; SARAH GUERRA

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All photographs were taken by King's student, photographer Jessica Okoro.

More information & pictures will be made available soon. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT WAS FILMED.

THE FOOTAGE WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE HERE SOON.  

We are currently re-designing the website.


 

TUESDAY 28TH JANUARY 6.30PM

PROFESSOR EVELYN WELCH

Professor Evelyn Welch, Provost and Senior Vice President (Arts & Sciences), opened the event and introduced the speakers: Dr Anita Peleg, Ruth Barnet MBE as well as spoken word artist and King's College London student Abigail Oyedele

 

SPEAKER DR ANITA PELEG  -  SURVIVOR NAOMI BLAKE

Dr Anita Peleg is a University Lecturer and National Teaching Fellow specialising in Business Ethics. She has also carried out significant research into the Nazi Holocaust and published two books about her mother, Naomi Blake, a sculptor and survivor of Auschwitz.  She is a Trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and is currently applying her 20 years of teaching experience to educate about the Holocaust, speaking at universities, schools and religious institutions

Dr Peleg is one of the founders of Generation 2 Generation (G2G)

    • G2G is an organisation that supports and encourages second and third generation descendants of Holocaust Survivors to retell the experiences of their parents or grandparents.
    • G2G aims to raise awareness of the Holocaust and to create empathy especially amongst young people. They “want to challenge all forms of discrimination and  prejudice and create a greater understanding of the plight of refugees.”
    • G2G wants “to combat Holocaust denial and promote greater tolerance of “the other.” 
    • “We must not lose sight of in our current political and social situation, in which antisemitism and other forms of racism are once again a threat – one that can be best combated in the long term by education.” Generation 2 Generation

Naomi Blake (1924 – 2018), neé Zissi Dum, was born in Mukacevo, Czechoslovakia to a large Jewish family within a thriving Jewish population.

When Anita was nine years old her mother told her the appalling story of what had happened to her in Auschwitz. 

Unsurprisingly, the memory of what she had been told had a lasting effect on the child and now Anita is one of the founder members of Generation 2 Generation (G2G)

Anita’s work is “principally optimistic and positive. It stands determinedly to help keep alive the legacy of the six million slaughtered Jews, as well as promoting Naomi's vision for uniting faiths, building understanding between religions and her hopes for the future.” 

Here is a link to Naomi Blake’s sculptures: http://www.naomiblake.co.uk/


SPEAKER RUTH BARNETT MBE

Ruth Barnett MBE came to the UK as part the Kindertransport rescue movement.came to King's to give a lecture about the Holocaust.

Dr Ruth Barnett came to England at age four on the Kindertransport in 1939. In her talk, she asks "Why has Holocaust commemoration since 2001 and Holocaust education in the National Curriculum since 1991 failed so far a)to curb the repeated rise of Jew-hatred and racism and b) to bring genocide perpetrators to justice in the International Criminal Court.

The event was filmed and we will soon share the footage on here as well as the many pictures. Please note that our website is currently being re-designed and we will soon be able to share all footage and pictures from our events. 

 

WEDNESDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 1.30PM

Remembering and Understanding Genocide 

Speakers, including some survivors of different genocides, came to King's for this important lecture. 

Michael Bankole chaired this event. More information to follow soon. ​​

 

More information & pictures will be made available soon. 

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT WAS FILMED.

 

THE FOOTAGE WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE HERE SOON.  

 

We are currently re-designing the website.

 

 NOVEMBER 2019 

P7First year undergraduate student Michael Wilson from the Department of European & International Studies delivers a talk on colonialism during King's first Africa Week

More information about this will be shared soon. We are re-designing our website and will soon have all the information, photos, footage and audio available here. 

 OCTOBER 2019

BHM19

AMMA ASANTE Q&A AT BUSH HOUSE

AKALA GIVES A LECTURE AT KING'S 

& WE LEARN ABOUT
THE 'BRITISH MARTIN LUTHER KING JR'

Read about here

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AKALA AT KINGS 16TH OCTOBER 2019
Read all about it - click here

The School of Politics & Economics, the Department of HIstory and King's Race Equality Network teamed up to host a lecture by author, historian, Bafta and MOBO-award winning social scientist, Akala on the 16th October 2019.

Akala gave a lecture on Natives; Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire 

School of Politics & Economics PGR student Michael Bankole introduced Akala and moderated the q&a session after the lecture.

Students and staff from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Faculty of Social Science, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, Facullty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Dentristy, School of Law and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychilogy & Neuroscience, all signed up for the event (over 1000 people tried to secure a place at this lecture, unfortunately we do not have an audotorium large enough for that number of people).

Everyone who attended was able to purchase copies of Akala's book and speak with him after the lecture. 

Student engagament during the q&a session was high for this event. 

Some of the topics Akala covered during his lecture and q&a session included: politics, history, race, representation, discrimination, immigration, education and youth engagement.

The lecture inspired King's student MICHAELA TRANFIELD'S blog:

“I never once thought that I would feel stupid speaking to him about some of the issues he raises in his book, even though he has a wealth of knowledge about them. The reason behind this is because Akala spoke in such a genuine and accessible way. He made huge theoretical frameworks and sociological theory become simple for everyone, from no matter what degree or social background they came from, so that they could understand it too. And this is why there was a wide range of people from different backgrounds in the audience; from first years who had just started of, to people studying sciences and others focusing their dissertation on the topics Akala raised" 

TO READ THE FULL BLOG BY MICHAELA, CLICK HERE

 

WE WANT TO THANK

AKALA for coming to King's. It meant so much to so many students and staff across the many different departments here at King's. Students from every single department/institute/faculty signed up and we received so many messages from many, all saying how much this lecture meant to them and how much they have wanted a lecture like this at King's. Our network has not run an event that has had people sign up to it as quickly as this one. Thank you also so so much to Mariama.

STUDENTS - All the students who attended the event. Thank you for coming. We were so happy so many of you came to the event. We work very hard to put these events together and it is so great when people give up their evenings and join us and stay sometimes late into the evening. Thank you for also really engaging in the q&a session and being such great participants. 

VOLUNTEERS - We also want to thank all the VOLUNTEERS that gave so many hours of their time to help us put on this event. They all have fulltime jobs and organising these events is like another fulltime job and it is really demanding. Volunteers don't really get the chance to sit and enjoy the events fully because they are so busy making everything happen. On the 16th October volunteers ran around all night setting up backstage, setting up the onstage requirements, ushering large numbers of audiences, sorting and confirming sign ups and allocating seats, responding to all the emails and all the queries, checking name lists, liaising with security, sorting all the unexpected technical problems and they did all this to ensure that students could enjoy the event and get the most out of it, that was their goal. These are staff members who care so much. 

SO BIG BIG BIG THANK YOU TO:

Hakim Kahtan - Bush House Reception 

Michael Bankole - PGR student & REN Committee Member

Chloe Humphreys - Student Experience Officer 

Owen Etwaroo - Student Experience Officer 

Michelle Campbell - Business Support Administrator

Charlotte Woodward - Programme Officer 

Rebecca Brown - Events Officer & REN Committee Member 

Carla Choppy - Engineer

Jermaine Edwards - Programme Officer 

Afiya Williams - Senior Programme Officer 

Julia Stepowska - Communications Officer 

MENTORS, SUPPORTERS & COLLEAGUES - We also want to really thank all the people who supported this event/supported our network/mentored us/made time for us anytime we knocked on their doors:

Professor Jeremy Jennings

Professor Evelyn Welch

Professor Jonathan Grant

Jessica Cotton

Syreeta Allen

Sarah Mander

Alison Farr

Sarah Guerra

Lilian Andoh

Matt Perry

Giulia Scarantino

Tracy Douglas

Hannah Nevitt 

Joanna Pauk

Cristina Martin Innamaa

King's Security Team

Kelvin Sang

Giulia Scarantino 

Kyla Jardine

Leigh Harrison

Louise Owen

      Thank you 

   From Jenny Agha & VJ Sidhu & Whitney Robinson (former co-chair) 

      Race Equality Network Co-chairs



 

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AMMA ASANTE FILM SCREENING
AND Q&A 17TH OCTOBER 2019  
Read all about it - click here

King's Race Equality Network teamed up again with the School of Politics & Economics to host a screening of the film WHERE HANDS TOUCH followed by a q&a session with Bafta-winning Film Director & Writer Amma Asante MBE.

Students and staff were able to experience a high cinema-quality version of the film on a big screen (we were given a special format of the film so that everyone at King's could experience the film to the highest standards). The film tells the story of a 'biracial' German girl who lived in Germany when the Nazis occupied the country. The powerful story is inspired by the many true stories of 'biracial/mixed race/interracial' children (who had white European and Black African parents) living in Germany at the time.

With all our events we aim to give our talented students and colleagues, especially those who might not normally be given the opportunity to lead on events and projects, the chance to take centrestage. This way we end up discovering so much incredible talent in our very midst and we form valuable working relationships which allow us to put on meaningful events. First year, undergraduate student Michael Wilson, wrote and delivered the introduction for the q&a session with Amma Asante MBE, which Senior Lecturer in Political Economy Dr Christel Koop chaired.

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The topics Amma covered included: gender, politics, history, race, representation, racism, sexism, discrimination and immigration to name but a few. We will share the amazing q&a session here soon. We have been redesigning our website and soon we will be able to share all the pictures and footage from our events.  

WE WANT TO THANK

AMMA ASANTE MBE - We really want to THANK Amma Asante for taking time from her incredibly busy schedule to come to our university. She answered the very many questions our King's audience had for her and she gave our students and staff her full attention and the chance to engage in meaningful conversation. Students who attended enjoyed the opportunity of listening and talking to her and they reported the following: Amma is one of the most wise, inspirational, insightful, powerful, empowering, elegant and graceful teachers we have had the honour of learning from - Our network and King's family feels so priviledged and honoured that she made time for us. Thank you for making the powerful films you make. 

CHARLIE HANSON -  We also want to very much thank Charlie Hanson for giving us time from his incredibly busy schedule. We are so grateful to him for making the screening and q&a possible for us. Our students and staff were able to experience a high-quality version of the film thanks to him. It was such an honour meeting him. 

DR CHRISTEL KOOP -  We want to thank Dr Christel Koop for supporting not only this event but for supporting our network as a whole and what we are trying to accomplish. She is so busy but anytime we knock on her door, she makes all the time for us. We are so lucky to work with an academic of her calibre and accomplishments.  

MICHAEL WILSON - We want to thank Michael Wilson, who is a first year undergraduate student and has blown us away with how amazing he has been in presenting at various events for us.  We want to thank him for taking part in this event, working so hard on all the Black History Month projects and being such an inspirational student. 

STUDENTS - We want to thank all the AMAZING students who attended this event. It was so great to see how many students participated and fully engaged in the q&a session. They made the event wonderful to be a part of. We are making the q&a session available on this webpage soon.

VOLUNTEERS - We also want to thank again all the volunteers who helped us put on this event and all the Black History Month events. You are so amazing so BIG THANK YOU again to:

Hakim Kahtan 

Chloe Humphreys - Student Experience Officer 

Owen Etwaroo - Student Experience Officer 

Michelle Campbell - Business Support Administrator

Charlotte Woodward - Programme Officer 

Rebecca Brown - Events Officer & REN Committee Member 

Carla Choppy - Engineer

Jermaine Edwards - Programme Officer 

Afiya Williams - Senior Programme Officer 

OUR MENTORS, SUPPORTERS & COLLEAGUES - we also want to thank the following mentors, supporters and colleagues for all their support, guidance and time:

Professor Jeremy Jennings

Professor Evelyn Welch

Professor Jonathan Grant

Jessica Cotton

Syreeta Allen

Sarah Mander

Alison Farr

Sarah Guerra

Lilian Andoh

Matt Perry

Giulia Scarantino

Kelvin Sang

Tracy Douglas

Hannah Nevitt 

Joanna Pauk

Cristina Martin Innamaa

King's Security Team

Kelvin Sang

Giulia Scarantino

Mathew Perry 

Jennifer Allman

Kyla Jardine

Leigh Harrison

Louise Owen

                        Thank you 

  From Jenny Agha & VJ Sidhu & Whitney Robinson (former co-chair) 

        Race Equality Network Co-chairs


 

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DR HAROLD MOODY 
"Britain's Martin Luther King Jr"
23rd October 2019
click here

KING'S STUDENT ABIGAIL OYEDELE SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCE

Abigail Oyedele

Harold Moody: A King's College Hidden History Reclaimed 

The Peckham physician ‘who ought to be thought of as Britain’s Martin Luther King 

On the 23rd October, King’s Race Equality Network with anti-racism activist and BBC filmmaker, Marc Wadsworth presented an evening celebrating the previously hidden history of Great Black Briton Dr Harold Moody. 

Dr Moody, a champion for race equality and founder and president of the League of Coloured Peoples, moved from his home in Kingston, Jamaica to London in 1904 to study medicine at King’s, qualifying in 1910 and finishing top of his class.  

The event was opened by Prof. Evelyn Welch, followed by a performance by King’s student, Civic Leadership Academy Scholar and spoken word artist, Abigail Oyedele with her poem ‘Double Vision’, reminding the audience that ‘Black history is history that has received the gift of sight’.  

Emeritus Professor David Killingray, who is currently writing a biography of Dr Moody, then gave an overview of his life and achievements, underscoring his profound Christian faith as a Deacon, lay preacher and member of the London Missionary Society and its impact on his political activity and activism.  

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The League of Coloured Peoples was a major Black lobby and had a significant impact on the progress of civil rights in the UK in the 1930s and 40s, and had the stated objectives to “improve relations between races”; “to interest members in the welfare of coloured peoples in all parts of the world”; “to co-operate and affiliate with organisations sympathetic to coloured people”; and “to provide financial assistance to coloured people in distress as lies within our capacity”. 

In this capacity, Dr Moody employed all forms of lobbying of the government, sending many letter to the then home secretary, and to the secretary of state for colonies, as well as to the Prince of Wales, and The Times of London newspaper, a paper trail that Professor Killingray has been documenting for his forthcoming book next year.   

As a doctor, Dr Moody worked all across London, regularly facing prejudice from those who would not be attended to by a black doctor. After many years of practive, he started his own clinic in Peckham in 1932. The house where Moody lived at 164 Queen's Road, Peckham, now has a blue plaque dedicated to him that was erected in 1995 by English Heritage, and in 1999 Dr Harold Moody Park was opened in Nunhead. 

Marc Wadsworth then continued on from Professor Killingray, providing further detail into Moody’s life. Born into a working-class family in Jamaica, his parents had bold ambitions for their children and sent Harold and his siblings to the UK to study. Harold’s brother Ron also studied at King’s, graduating in dentistry before becoming a sculptor. A bust of Harold made by Ron Moody sits in the National Portrait Gallery today.  

We had the immense privilege of being joined by Dr Moody’s granddaughter Jackie that evening, who gave some family reflections. Although he had already passed before she was born, Moody’s faith, strength and passion for accessible healthcare has continued through the family. Jackie herself, has worked as a registered nurse for 40 years and has recently moved to management within the NHS.    

Following the speakers, a panel including Marc Wadsworth, Sarah Guerra (Director of Diversity & Inclusion) and King’s alumni, Sharon Akaka-Onokaye (BA History) and Tobi Esan (EMPD) spoke about black role models, the white-washing of education and particularly history, the preservation of black history,  the intersections of race and class and what we can all do to promote the progress of race equality. 

 By Sarah Mander 

 

WE WANT TO THANK

Dr Harold Moody's family 

We also want to thank Professor Evelyn Welch for chairing this event 

We also want to thank you all the panellists

Marc Wadsworth

Professor Evelyn Welch 

Sarah Guerra 

Sharon Akaka-Onokaye 

Tobi Esan - for taking part in this 

Abigail Oyedele - We also want to thank Abigail for her powerful spoken work performance

King's Diversity & Inclusion team

India Jordan

Sarah Mander 

                                                         Thank you 

             From Whitney Robinson (former co-chair), Jenny Agha & VJ Sidhu 

                                     Race Equality Network Co-chairs

  



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27TH OCTOBER 2020

100 GREAT BLACK BRITONS - TALK BY AND INTERVIEW WITH PATRICK VERNON OBE

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HARRIET TUBMAN'S              GREAT GREAT GREAT NEPHEW RETURNS

We're excited to welcome back,        Dr A.J. Brickler III, who will be joining us to discuss the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps. 

Dr Brickler III, alongside his son, Dr Alex Brickler IV joined us earlier this year to discuss the amazing legacy of their great great aunt,                 Harriet Tubman.

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