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Black Activism Past, Present and Future

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Talk by Professor Lou Kushnik. Response from Northern Police Monitoring Project , based on their campaign work on UK police brutality

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Lou Kushnick OBE, emeritus professor at the University of Manchester and co-founder of the AIU Education Trust will make a timely revisit to his 2015 Star Lecture 'Racism and the Exclusion of People of Colour from the American Dream'. The intention is discuss the centrality of racism and the creation of whiteness which fundamentally denies the humanity of people excluded from American identity. It will then explore similarities between UK BLM and the global response to George Floyd’s murder.

This will be followed by a response from Remi Joseph-Salisbury, Kerry Pimblott and Afshan d' Souza-Lodhi of the Northern Police Monitoring Project, connecting the activism he talks about with their current work and a discussion of the issues facing Black communities in the UK today. The vital campaign work of the NPMP, on issues such as police presence in High Schools and the use of tasering, underlines how police racism and brutality is just as much a UK issue as in the USA.

There will then be an open question and answer/discussion session.

The event will be on Zoom; you will be sent a link after you have registered. It will be set up as a meeting, so you can be visible if you want, though this is optional. You will be able to submit questions via the Zoom chat function during the event. You can also submit questions in advance to rrarchive@manchester.ac.uk.

The event will also be streamed on YouTube and Facebook.

This event is part of our Black History Month 2020 programme.

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