The Diversity UK Paul Stephenson Lecture on race equality will be held online on 25th November 2020 at 6.00pm with Dr Patrick Vernon OBE.
The year 2020 has been marred by tragic events such the death of George Floyd in the USA and the impact of COVID-19 and inequalities on the BAME community in Britain and elsewhere. It has witnessed a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement which in the UK has manifested in the form of revisiting the links that organisations have had to the slave trade. The BLM movement has led to calls for removing statues from the public realm; decolonising the curriculum and teaching black history in schools. There has also been focus on the treatment of the “Windrush Generation” in Britain’s recent history and the social injustice that is still faced by the UK’s ethnic minority communities.
The theme of the Paul Stephenson lecture this year is how to set the context for dialogue and integration between communities. What really needs to happen to our physical spaces, statues, programmes and planning to ensure a deeper commitment to building a fairer, more inclusive world where ‘Race Equality Matters’?