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Taking Up Space: The Black Girl’s Manifesto for Change

Guardian Live

Thursday, 12 September 2019 from 19:00 to 20:30 (BST)

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Standard ticket   more info 12 Sep 2019 £15.00 £1.28
Concessions   more info 12 Sep 2019 £13.50 £1.21
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Join us for an evening with Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi, authors of Taking Up Space: The Black Girl’s Manifesto for Change.

After graduating from Cambridge University as two of a very small minority of black students - in 2016, only 1.5% of students at Cambridge were black - Kwakye and Ogunbiyi decided to collaborate on a guide and a manifesto for change.

Taking Up Space, their new book and the second title from Stormzy’s #Merky Books, presents an insightful observation into navigating academia as a black woman, and covers everything from issues of access, unrepresentative curricula and classroom discrimination to navigating friendships and dating in a majority white peer group - as well as offering a vital guide for all young black women soon to embark on their own academic careers.

Chosen by the Bookseller as “one to watch” and selected by Stylist as one of the best non-fiction books of the year, Taking Up Space features the experiences of Kwakye and Ogunbiyi as well as conversations with students past and present, moving beyond the buzzwords of diversity and inclusion to paint an honest portrait of diversity within blackness, womanhood and class.They will be in conversation with writer and gal-dem editor, Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff.

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.

Wheelchair users and visitors who require an assistant may bring a companion free of charge. To book a free companion ticket please email

Do you have questions about Taking Up Space: The Black Girl’s Manifesto for Change? Contact Guardian Live

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The Guardian
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 12 September 2019 from 19:00 to 20:30 (BST)

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