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.
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.
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
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
Register to Join Our Event HERE
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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
Sign up via the link HERE
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.
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.
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