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Black British Lives Matter: A Clarion Call for Equality

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Historic works are shown alongside modern and contemporary works by artists including Barbara Walker, Donald Locke, Alberta Whittle and Keith Piper that challenge and reflect on hidden and untold stories. Sir Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder sit down with prominent Black British figures and explore the simple question: How do we make Black British Lives Matter?

Marcus Ryder has over twenty-five years’ experience working in television and journalism and is a leader on the issue of diversity in the media. In fact, it became the catalyst for the largest wave of anti-racist protests in British history, taking place in more than 260 towns and cities last summer. Our strength does not come from not having any weaknesses, our strength comes from overcoming them" Doreen Lawrence. This week we discuss one big idea - reparations - paying Black British people, and Black people around the world, for the slavery and colonialism they suffered. Refunds for correctly delivered and undamaged items are available within 30 days of the goods' receipt.Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder introduce an essential collection of essays arguing how and why we need to fight for Black lives to matter – not just for Black people, but for British society as a whole. This exhibition explores some new stories from history – stories that help us to separate fact from fiction and history from myth.

As the government’s national archive for England, Wales and the United Kingdom, The National Archives hold over 1,000 years of the nation’s records for everyone to discover and use. Estimated to make up 22 percent of the Black British population we explore exactly why Black British disabled people’s lives matter. Drawing from personal experience, they stress how Black British people have unique perspectives and experiences that enrich British society and the world; how Black lives are far more interesting and important than the forces that try to limit it. Our guests talk about the reality behind the shocking stats, their own personal mental health experiences and whether living in Britain is bad for our mental health.Recognising Black British experience within the Black Lives Matter movement, nineteen prominent Black figures explain why Black lives should be celebrated when too often they are undervalued. Displaying objects and artworks made in West Africa, the Caribbean, South America and Europe, this landmark exhibition also reveals the histories that have been silenced; not just stories of exploitation, but those of resilience and liberation, too. The killing of George Floyd by a white police officer may have taken place thousands of miles away, but his agonising cry – “I can’t breathe” – reverberated in the UK, too. Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund on custom prints unless they are faulty or we have made a mistake.

With classics such as Ted Hughes's The Iron Man and award-winners including Emma Carroll's Letters from the Lighthouse, Faber Children's Books brings you the best in picture books, young reads and classics. This week we discuss why Black British Hair Matters with activist Stephanie Cohen from the Halo Collective, and filmmaker Kevin Morosky. From Nobel Laureates Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter to theatre greats Tom Stoppard and Alan Bennett to rising stars Polly Stenham and Florian Zeller, Faber Drama presents the very best theatre has to offer.Great mix of guests, accessible to all ages as well, only gripe is I’d love to hear even more topics and also get more views from the podcast hosts themselves of what they think of the topics! Butler laments the smattering of black and Asian representation in overwhelmingly white institutions such as parliament, arguing that, as a result, minorities can easily be pitted against each other. In 1816, Richard Fitzwilliam donated vast sums of money, literature and art to the University of Cambridge, creating the Museum that is named after him. Professor Kehinde Andrews and activist and lawyer, Esther Stanford Xosei join Lenny and Marcus to discuss.

We also ask if the food wider society values contains racist overtones, for example why is French cuisine regularly seen as the height of “good cooking” while West African food is rarely mentioned?

This informative collection of essays and interviews reaffirms what we already knew: that the struggle for racial equality and social justice is constant; that it needs to be waged with a greater intensity and urgency than ever; that there is a need to educate a new generation of activists.

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