On the 50th anniversary of the UK Race Relations Act and the American Civil Rights Movement, during Black History Month, the Centre for Research in Race and Rights (University of Nottingham), Bright Ideas Nottingham, the Monitoring Group, and Nottingham Contemporary organised
The October Dialogues 2015:
Black Lives Matter: The Past, Present and Future of an International Movement for Rights and Justice
Nottingham Contemporary, The Space October 28, 2015 9.30am-9pm
Including an evening of hip hop performance and dialogues featuring Akala, Dr. Monica Miller and Dr. James Braxton Peterson
10-10.30am: Opening remarks and spoken-word performance 10.30-11.45am: Global Protest and #BlackLivesMatter as an International Movement (chair: Champa Patel) Kadija Sesay: Black, Bitter and Beautiful: The Role of Poets in Human Rights Campaigns Karen Salt: Mapping the Roots/Routes of Power: David Oluwale, #BlackLivesMatter and Activism in the Diaspora Joshua Aiken: Black Lives Matter as Social Theory: Distributing Life Chances
12-1.15pm: Gender Activism and #BlackLivesMatter as an Intersectional Movement (chair: Victoria Showunmi) Althea Legal-Miller: #SayHerName: The 1960s Mobilisation against Law Enforcement Sexual Violence and the Usable Past for Black Lives Matter Movements Ella Achola: Ain’t I A Woman: Tell Her-Story Stephanie Davis: Queer and Trans People of Colour Activism and the Black Lives Matter Movement: Resisting the Silences on the Intersections of Race, Gender and Sexuality
1.15-2pm: lunch (provided)
2-3.15pm: Criminal (In)Justice and #BlackLivesMatter as a Black Power Movement (chair: Monica Miller) Kennetta Hammond Perry: The Anti-Discrimination Paradox: Race Relations Policy, Policing & the Politics of Black British Citizenship John Narayan: The Coloured Cosmopolitanism of Black Power: From the Black Panther Party to #BlackLivesMatter Kehinde Andrews: Black is a Country: Black Radicalism and Contemporary Organising Against Racial Oppression
3.30-4.45pm: Grassroots Activism and #BlackLivesMatter as a Civil Rights Movement (chair: James Braxton Peterson) Brian Kwoba: Lessons from History: Black Lives Matter and the 2016 Election Adam Elliott-Cooper: Disruption At The Point Of Consumption: How #BlackLivesMatter Changed What Solidarity Looks Like Imani Robinson: "In a world where black lives matter, I imagine'...: Movement-Building, Creativity and the Rehumanisation of Black Lives
6.30-9pm: Hip Hop and Social Justice Featuring performance and discussion with Akala, performances by local hip hop artists, and keynote addresses: Monica Miller: Know Where / Nowhere to Go?: Hip Hop, Black Life, and White Li(v)es in a Post-Civil Rights Era James Braxton Peterson: A Song, A Slogan, and A Service: Dispatches from the Movement for Black Lives
Two additional events:
Tuesday, 27 October (The Night Before) 6.30-8.30pm: Baldwin’s Nigger Reloaded II-Publication Launch and Film Night Nottingham group Chat‘Bout launch a newspaper about racism, the criminal justice system and the role of women created in collaboration with artists Barby Asante and sorryoufeeluncomfortable, with a screening of films of the past and present looking at race, activism and social justice. Book your free tickets here.
Thursday, 29 October (The Morning After) 10am-1pm: Black Lives Matter Activist Workshop An open workshop to reflect and devise actions emerging from the conference. Please book your place with Lisa Robinson at email@example.com and email her any issues you want to put on the agenda.