Category Archives: Resources

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 […]

An Examination of Black British Fashion

Author: Chimwemwe Chirwa Anti Racist Cumbria examines elements of the history of black British fashion, from the black is beautiful movement to the first black supermodel and the present day. Until the advent of the Civil Rights Movement the fashion industry operated its own kind of apartheid, which entirely excluded non-white models from its magazines, […]

What is Black History Month?

Author: Janett Walker – Chair Anti Racist Cumbria. What exactly is Black History Month? In the UK the focus of Black History Month is to celebrate contributions made to British society by black people whilst also sharing the history of black people in order to encourage a greater understanding. Throughout the month of October, schools, […]

5 easy ways to encourage diversity into your child’s education

These tips can support all families and educators. We’ve chosen these tips especially for Cumbria where the population is 98.5% white and it can be harder to find people who aren’t white to hang around with, which is a shame as our first tip would always be to support friendships and get to know people. […]