Category Archives: Resources

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VIDEO: Is Anti-Racism relevant in all-White spaces. PANEL DISCUSSION

This fascinating panel discussion was part of our SOLD OUT Anti Racist Cumbria Summit on the 2nd Nov, 2021. A ground-breaking event, it was a day full of practical workshops, inspirational speakers, local topics and panel discussions. IS ANTI RACISM RELEVANT IN ALL WHITE SPACES? Thank you to our incredible Panellists: Pran Patel, founder of […]

Tips for writing to your MP

Whether or not you voted for your MP, they represent you and what matters to you until they are no longer your MP. Writing to your MP is a powerful way of getting messages to them about what is important to their constituents (people who live in their area). Here are some great tips which […]

Where has the spotlight been this BHM? On history or celebrity?

Author: Nick Anderson Scrolling through the hundreds of news stories and articles that have been shared during Black History Month I found myself overwhelmed – a sense of moral obligation mixed with a panic. I had to read everything before the month was up! But after catching myself reacting in this way, I realised I […]

The Bristol Bus Boycott

Author: Sarah Saunders Many of us have heard of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955.  But how about Paul Stephenson and the Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963? In 1964 when Paul Stephenson walked into the Bay Horse pub for a drink, the pub’s manager told him to get out, saying: “We don’t […]

Four activist organisations to check out this Black History Month

Author: Becky Little  History is being written every day. Despite attempts to bring in legislation such as the PCSC Bill which is being designed to introduce new police powers to subdue  activism in the 21st century there are more movements to amplify the voices of marginalised communities than ever before. We have undoubtedly come a […]

The importance of remembering the forgotten fallen.

Content warning: Historic use of racist language and stereotypes. War. Author: Dr Karen Lockney You may have seen the following Facebook post from the British Legion which states, ‘This rumour circulates every single year, and every single year it has been completely untrue. No communities have banned the selling of the poppy at Remembrance or […]

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Britain’s Hidden Black Histories

AUTHOR: KELLE PEARCE Did you know that the first record of Black dwellers in Britain was right here in Cumbria? An inscription dating from between 253-258 AD was discovered in the Cumbrian village of Burgh-by-Sands, which is close to a fort along the Western edge of Hadrian’s wall. It is documented that a unit of […]

Uprisings, Rebellion, Activism and Abolition

  Author: Janett Walker The history told to us would have us believe that abolition here in Britain was down to one White man; William Wilberforce. Heck, they even made a film about him just a few years ago, demonstrating at every turn, that William, the parliamentary abolitionist, a brave and visionary soul, practically single-handedly […]

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The Invention of Racism

AUTHOR: MERRY FOWLER AND CONTRIBUTORS Content warning: Two examples of historic racist imagery, used to depict what pseudo-science was being used. Historical engraving depicting enslaved people on a plantation. Historic use of racist language.  The invention of racism  “The modern day use of ‘race’ is a human invention”- Natural Museum of African American History & […]