FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10 2014
Community Organisation Convenes Conference In Central London To Tackle Issue Of Racism
Although racism seems to be on the increase, there is the perception that it has fallen off the agenda, and that the focus has shifted onto other equality issues.
For this reason, London community organisations BTWSC and African Histories Revisited (AHR) have convened the Look How Far We’ve Come: Getting Racism Back On The Agenda? Conference at The Abbey Centre in Westminster on May 8, 6-9pm.
The Conference is to address issues regarding racism raised by a number of contributors when BTWSC/AHR was researching African British history for the ‘Look How Far We’ve Come: Racism, The Bristol Bus Boycott, Black History Month, The Black Sections, And Where Are We In Today’s Union Jack?’ book. The Conference will provide a forum for discussing issues pertaining to racism, highlight what stakeholders are doing about racism, and how racism can be brought back on the agenda. As it is meant to be a “towards solutions” Conference, the presentations, workshops and plenary session will focus on strategies to combat racism, and not just dwell on the problems.
The book’s accompanying Look How Far We’ve Come: Commentaries On British Society And Racism? DVD, features contributors such as the late, veteran politician Tony Benn, Bristol Bus Boycott leader Paul Stephenson, former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, politician Diane Abbott, academic Prof Paul Gilroy, broadcaster Henry Bonsu, community activists Toyin Agbetu and Baroness Ros Howells, expressing their views on the state of racism in Britain.
Targeted stakeholders deliberately form a wide constituency, ranging from individuals, community leaders, elected representatives, community and voluntary organisations, educational institutions, trade unionists, historians, students, academics, and officers whose remit include implementing equality policy, which may also fall under umbrella terms such as Inclusion, Integration, Diversity, or Multiculturalism.
For details of the Look How Far We’ve Come…? project and booking of Conference, please check: www.LookHowFar.eventbrite.com.
Awula Serwah, Look… Conference co-ordinator
Look How Far We’ve Come…? project lead is history consultant Kwaku
BTWSC is a small, pan-London voluntary organisation, with a track record of delivering projects from grassroots level with community leaders, right through to places such as Government Office for London and the House of Commons with Government ministers.
The full list of Look How Far We’ve Come…? book/DVD contributors:
Addai Sebo, Ansel Wong, Baroness Ros Howells, Bernard Wiltshire, Brother Omowale, Clarence Thompson, Clement McLarty, Cllr Lincoln Beswick, Cllr Lurline Champagnie, Cllr Nana Asante, Darcus & Leila Howe, David Lammy MP, Dawn Butler, Diane Abbott MP, Donald Hinds, Dr Morgan Dalphinis, Dr Richard Stone, Eric & Jessica Huntley, Eulette Roberts, Fabian & Mavis Best, Guy Bailey, Henry Bonsu, Keith Vaz MP, Ken Livingstone, Kingsley Abrams, Lee Jasper, Leroy Logan, Linda Bellos, Lord Anthony Lester, Lord Bill Morris, Lord Herman Ouseley, Lord John Taylor, Marc Wadsworth, Michael Mansfield QC, Narendra Makanji, Norman Mullings, Paul Reid, Paul Stephenson, Phil Sealey, Prof Gus John, Prof Harry Goulbourne, Prof Paul Gilroy, Russell Profitt, Sam King, Suresh Kamath, Tony Benn, Toyin Agbetu, Waveney Bushell, Wilf Sullivan, Yvonne Brewster, and Zita Holbourne.