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Being Woke: Remembrance, Reflection, Resistance
Mon 27 March 2017, 18:00 – 21:00 BST
The Ligali organisation invites you to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Being Woke on Monday 27th March 2017.
Remembrance takes place from 12 noon - 1pm outside Westminister Abbey, 20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA
Then come join us for an evening of reflection, film and poetry at the LIBRARY, 112 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BD, from 6 - 9pm, free entry but spaces are limited (Adult Only).
(*Parts of the event will be filmed for a future documentary.)
On 27 March 2007 a Pan Africanist named Toyin Agbetu challenged the British Government, Monarchy and Church as they gathered to hold a religious celebration for the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in Westminster Abbey, England. The ritual, which made no mention of the Haitian Revolution, the Middle Passage and the African freedom fighters that ended Britain’s system of transatlantic and colonial enslavement focused on the acts of parliamentarian William Wilberforce.
Today in 2017, many of the world’s oppressed people face a crisis of confidence as they struggle to succeed when challenging power. Racism is on the rise, from the rise of Afriphobia in a post-Brexit environment to the strengthening of the alt-right by Trumpism. Mass protests don’t seem to work and petitions signed by millions are ignored by those in power. Something has to change ...