Category Archives: Resources

Black Hair, Pride and Prejudice

Black people, Black women in particular, have long been on an oppressive journey with their hair, having to deal with other people’s views on what is and is not acceptable. My own ‘locs’ have been called unprofessional, inappropriate, and unsuitable more times than I can count. I still wear them with pride.  For many hair […]

Kwanzaa – the global celebration of unity among Black People

WHAT IS KWANZAA? Kwanzaa is a festival of lights held annually from December 26 to January 1. Kwanzaa is inspired by traditional African customs and symbols, many related to harvest celebrations and community ideals of shared work, purpose, creativity, possibility, faith and togetherness.   The word Kwanzaa comes from the Kiswahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza” meaning […]

4 Cumbrian Christmases

Cumbria is home to over 70 languages and more than 15 different ethnicities. Christmas is celebrated by the majority of people in the county, and whilst many will be enjoying a traditional turkey feast, Christmas doesn’t look the same for everyone who lives here. Here Anti Racist Cumbria share a small selection of Cumbrian Christmases, […]

8 Books to Start your Anti-Racist Journey

These 8 books are a great place to begin or strengthen your anti-racist journey. 1. Natives: Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire – Akala   A searing modern polemic and Sunday Times bestseller from the BAFTA and MOBO award-winning musician and political commentator, Akala. From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, […]

Anti Racism: What does it mean and where to begin.

“Anti-racism is the active process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing systems, organisational structures, policies and practices and attitudes, so that power is redistributed and shared equitably.” – NAC International Perspectives: Women and Global Solidarity   Anti Racist Cumbria was formed to ‘tackle and end racism through action and education to create a forward […]

Achieving Educational Change: One Step at a Time

Change making takes time The 22nd October 2020 saw the first event from Anti Racist Cumbria: Race and Education in Cumbria. There was an incredible turnout, with representation from primary and secondary schools across the county. During the past weeks, the Education Working Group has run follow up sessions with over 40 school ambassadors. Our […]

Racism and Refugees in Cumbria

Racism and refugees in Cumbria Cumbria has a longstanding relationship with refugees. Whether it be in the aftermath of World War I or II, or in more recent times. Often, the terms ‘migrant’ and ‘refugee’ are confused and incorrectly used interchangeably in the media and public conversation. The definition of a refugee is described as: […]

5 Black Cumbrian Stories

How many Brilliant Black Cumbrian stories can you think of? It’s easy to think of Black people in Cumbria as a recent thing  but in fact there are records of Black people in the county from Roman times and no doubt there were Black people here since before then, though records are harder to come […]

VIDEO: Race & Education in Cumbria Event

Enabling Anti Racist Schools On 22nd October over 130 people including school leaders, MPs and Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner attended our online Race & Education in Cumbria Event. Anti Racist Cumbria’s mission is to make Cumbria the first actively anti-racist county. “Everything starts with education – it has the power to transform lives, but […]

How to have a conversation about mental health with your parent from a different culture

Author: Chimwemwe Chirwa It’s World Mental Health Day today and we want to share with you my story of being a black person with a lifelong mental health condition. This a deeply personal story but one that needs to be told so others can feel free to talk about their mental health without stigma. At […]