The 26th of June marked the community reflection event that DRI organised in partnership with Diversity Lewes. This event brought together citizens from across the Lewes Districts and beyond.
The reason why we organised this event was because we felt that it was really important to create a space for reflection after a difficult year with Covid-19 disproportionately impacting minority ethnic communities and the global impact of the murder of George Floyd. Although we have seen some progress in terms of the way people are engaging in conversations about race and racism, there is still a long way to go. What we need is CHANGE. We need changes in policies and legislation. We need changes in healthcare and law enforcement. We need change.
This is a conversation that has been ongoing for decades. Awareness-raising and education is just one piece of the puzzle. We need to continue holding ourselves to account, in addition to holding institutions, organisations and policymakers to account for what they are doing after the release of ‘anti-racist’ statements and messages of solidarity in the summer of 2020.
During our stay woke event, Bud Johnston from BARCO spoke about anti-black racism and the importance of recognising that people in different ethnic groups have different experiences. Adaeze Obasuyi reflected on her personal experience as a mother and touched on the impact of colourism and black hair. Dr Marcia Morgan spoke about intersectionality and shared insights from her experience working for her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service and spoke about her research. The speakers made us feel inspired to continue educating ourselves and fighting for change. Janine Booth enlightened us by sharing some of her poems that touched on topics including racism, football and being different. Pam Hewitt brought us all together through the fantastic songs she performed.
We would like to thank our incredible volunteers, Lewes Football Club for hosting us, our speakers and all those who attended! We hope that this event is only the beginning of further conversations around what we can do together, as a community, to become more inclusive. If you want to get involved in anti-racist work or be kept up to date with upcoming events, make sure you subscribe to our mailing list here: https://mailchi.mp/f7c94f8ef38d/dri-blog-subscriptions.
- BARCO- https://brighton-barco.org/
- Dr Marcia Morgan- https://www.businessbookawards.co.uk/2021/05/05/dr-marcia-morgan-meet-author/
- Adaeze Obasuyi- http://www.rootedbranch.com/
- Janine Booth-https://www.janinebooth.com/about
- Pam Hewitt- PAM AND DE FEMMES – Home (weebly.com)
- Anti-racist reading list- https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/articles/anti-racist-books-and-resources
- Short reflective film on BLM: https://we.tl/t-oBc2ymTGWU
Community Development Worker
Diversity Resource International