Lockdown live: ‘Race Today’

Join Red Pepper editor K Biswas and guests Paul Gilroy, Lola Olufemi, Ciaran Thapar and Joy White to discuss marginality, inequality, creativity and belonging in Britain

June 24, 2020 · 2 min read

In Britain, communities of colour have always found routes towards political organisation and cultural expression, even though these experiences have often been marginalised in dominant discourse. Contemporary struggles against racism – encapsulated in the Black Lives Matter movement and the recent removal of statues of slave-traders from major cities – are a fight over history itself.

Join Red Pepper, in collaboration with Repeater and Pluto Press on Thursday 25 June, at 7pm (UK), as we bring together writers and activists to explore what the past can teach us about race today.

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  • Paul Gilroy – academic, winner of the 2019 Holberg Prize, and author of The Black Atlantic and There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack
  • Lola Olufemi – writer and organiser with The London Feminist Library, and author of Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power
  • Ciaran Thapar – youth worker, All City columnist for British GQ, and author of the upcoming Cut Short: Youth, Violence and Loss in the City
  • Joy White – academic and author of Terraformed: Young Black Lives in the Inner City and Urban Music and Entrepreneurship
  • Chair: Red Pepper editor K Biswas – critic (New Statesman, Times Literary Supplement, New York Times) and co-founder of network for journalists of colour, The Race Beat

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