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White fragility read by the authour audio 20 mins
Why I’m not racist is only half the story video 6.33 mins
Robin Di’ Angelo on White liberals protecting racisim video discussion
1 hour 3 mins
Debunking the most common myths white people tell about race video 3.47 mins

Deconstructing white privilege video 20 mins
White fragility book talk video 1 hour 23 mins
Expanding the table for racial equality video 1 hour 10 mins

remember your responsibilities as a citizen for the conduct of local national and international affairs. Do not shrink from the time effort your involvement may demand.

advice and queries 36

How to be Anti racist by Ibram x. Kendi

Layla Saad talks about her book

Reni Edo Lodge talks about her book Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race

reni edo lodge

podcasts 9 episodes

Quakers were totally immersed in the slave trade not just as abolitionists. They were ship owners, captains, merchants and investors in ports in London and Bristol.

Edwina pert Quakers Diversity and Inclusion Officer
If you are tired about hearing about racisim, imagine how tired people are of experiencing it the outgoing epistle of 2020 pre gathering of friends of colour and their families read
Jesus’s identity and colour has taken on a renewed significance in this year of protest 27 mins audio
In August 2019 Charity so White sparked a conversation about racism in the charity sector read
Dave performing Black Live
video 4.41 mins
Black Jesus
On Easter Sunday 1967 the Reverend Albert Cleage renamed his church in Detroit the Shrine of the Black Madonna. He preached that if man was made in God’s image there was little chance that Jesus was white as most of the world’s population is non-white World Service witness history
audio 9 mins
Small Axe – Education
TV BBC Iplayer 63 min

Small Axe – Alex Wheatle
TV BBC IPlayer 1hr 4mins

Small Axe – Red White and Blue
TV BBC IPlayer 79 mins
Small Axe – Lovers Rock
TV BBC IPlayer 69 mins
Small Axe – Mangrove
TV BBC Iplayer 127 mins

Small Axe is a British Anthology film series by Steve McQueen. Consists of five dramatised films which tell distinct stories about the lives of West Indian immigrants in London from 1960-1980.

“If you are a big tree, we are a small axe.” Bob Marley

My 30 year fight for justice for my Mum
Lee Lawrence was 11 years old when his mother, Cherry Groce, was shot during a police raid on their family home in Brixton, south London.The shooting sparked an uprising in Brixton – where tensions were already high between the many black residents and the overwhelmingly white police – and the event became known as the 1985 Brixton Riots. His mother was left paralysed from the waist down and Lee became her carer for the next 26 years. After Cherry died in 2011, he continued to fight for justice for her. World service Outlook
audio 39 mins
Black Power: A British Story of Resistance
An almost forgotten history of the British Black power movement from those who fought it. At the heart of the documentary is a series of astonishing interviews with past activists, many of whom are speaking for the first time about what it was really like to be involved in the British Black Power movement, bringing to life one of the key cultural revolutions in the history of the nation. BBC Iplayer TV 89 mins
The British Black Panthers
The untold story of the years when Black Power came to Britain and forever left its mark – the coming together, political ideas, leaders and legacy. Inspired by the American Black Panther Party, the British Black Panthers were founded in London’s Notting Hill in 1968 – the first Panther organisation outside the United States. Their mission was to change the terms of engagement about race in Britain, promote self-determination and challenge the British state.BBC sounds archive on 4
audio 57 mins
Rivers of Blood Speech
In April 1968 a politician put race at the centre of British politics. Enoch Powell’s inflamed racist speech
Witness History audio 9 mins
50 Years On:
Rivers of Blood In April 1968, Enoch Powell made one of the most incendiary speeches in modern British politics. Ian McDiarmid reads the Rivers of Blood speech in its entirety – the first time it has been broadcast complete on British radio. BBC sounds archive on 4
audio 56 mins

Taking the speech section by section, he BBC’s Media Editor Amol Rajan and a range of contributors reflect on the enduring influence and significance of the speech, which was delivered to local Conservative Party members in Birmingham just a few days ahead of the crucial second reading of the 1968 Race Relations Bill. David Lammy MP talks about the fear that the speech created amongst his family at the time, becoming part of the wallpaper of his childhood.BBC sounds archive on 4
audio 56 mins

Notting Hill Riots 1958
Witness History
audio 9 mins
Race riots in Liverpool 1981 Witness History
audio 9 mins
Brixton Riots April 1991
witness history
audio 9 mins
Bradford riots July 2001 witness history
audio 9 mins

The battle of Lewisham August 1977 World Service Witness History
audio 9 mins
In 1978 the racist murder of a young Bangladeshi textile worker in east London galvanised an immigrant community. Witness history audio 9 mins
The New Cross Fire
The fire killed 13 people on the night in 1981 and was believed by some to be a racist attack. Amidst frustration at the political and media indifference shown towards the loss of 13 young black lives, political activist Leila Hassan Howe helped organise The Black People’s Day of Action – marking a significant point in Black British history. world service witness history
audio 9 mins
Fighting racism on the dance floor New laws were used to stop nightclubs and discos from banning black and ethnic minority customers in 1978.Vocalist for the reggae band, Steel Pulse talks about the racism in Birmingham’s club scene in the 1970s. world service witness history audio 9 mins
Buffalo soldier Bob Marley Music 2.40 mins

Black and British a Forgotten History

First encounters
David Olusoga Historian explores the enduring relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa.
TV BBC Iplayer 48 mins

David explores the business of slavery and remembers the black sailors who fought for Britain at Trafalgar, 
a Georgian boxing superstar and the men and women who crossed continents in pursuit of freedom. 

TV BBC Iplayer 59 mins
Moral mission
David explores the Victorian moral crusade against slavery. He finds out how Queen Victoria came to have a black god-daughter, why the mill workers of Rochdale stood in solidarity with enslaved Africans in the American South, and remembers the victims of a tragedy in Jamaica.
TV BBC IPlayer 59 mins
The Homecoming
David concludes his series with the three African kings who stood up to empire, an irresistible crooner, race riots in Liverpool and the shaping of black British identity in the 20th century
TV Iplayer 59 mins
ALT History
Black British the history we are not taught in schools
TV IPlayer 8 mins
ALT History
A British lynching
The tragic story of a British lynching that took place during the 1919 race riots.
TV IPlayer 5.48 min
ALT History
Looks at how many black subjects who fought in World War One had their stories white-washed out of the history books.
TV BBC Iplayer 6.22mins
ALT History
A forgotten regiment
Historian Olivette Otele explores the untold story of a black regiment in World War One. 

TV BBC Iplayer 7 mins
Britain’s forgotten slave owners
Profit and Loss

What has been largely forgotten is that abolition came at a price. The government of the day took the extraordinary step of compensating the slave owners for loss of their ‘property’, as Britain’s slave owners were paid £17bn in today’s money, whilst the slaves received nothing. 
TV BBC Iplayer 56 mins
Britains forgotten slave owners
The price of freedom

Of the 46,000 names in the 1834 compensation records, 3,000 lived in Britain, yet they owned half of the slaves across the empire and pocketed half of the compensation money. These include members of the clergy and of the House of Lords. The records also show that at the point of abolition, more than 40 per cent of all the slave owners were women. 
TV BBC Iplayer 60 mins
The unwanted: The secret Windrush Files
How black immigrants who made Britain their home came face to face with the government’s ‘hostile environment’. David Olusoga exposes the secret files behind the Windrush scandal.
TV BBC Iplayer 58 mins
The voyage of the Empire Windrush Hundreds of pioneering migrants travelled from the Caribbean to the UK on board the SS Empire Windrush in 1948. Witness history Audio 9 mins
Rivers of Blood speech 1968 Enoch Powell’s inflamed racist speech
Witness History audio 9 mins
The school that tried to end racism TV Channel 4 episode 1
The school that tried to end racism TV Channel 4 episode 2
The battle of Cable street How ordinary Londoners turned the tide against British fascism in October 1936 witness history audio 9 mins
Jamaica’s Slave rebellion witness history audio 9 mins
My ancestors were both slaves and slave owners Malik Al Nasir was casually watching a TV documentary one day when a face jumped out at him a humble man with a fascinating story BBC World service Outlook audio 24 mins
In 1916 Marcus Garvey arrived in the US and began a movement for black pride. His dream was that black people would live independently of whites in a new empire in Africa. Witness history
audio 9 mins
‘I just wanted to be white’ Growing up as a black child in post-war Germany witness history audio 9 mins
Britain’s WW2 ‘Brown Babies’ witness history audio 9 mins
Matilda McCrear The last survivor of the transatlantic slave trade
Witness History audio 9 mins
Humanity’s earliest ancestor in Chad witness history audio 9 mins
The immortal cells of Henrietta Lacks witness history audio 9 mins
The civil rights act of 1964 witness history audio 9 mins
Soloman Northup twelve years a slave witness history audio 9 mins
John Howard Griffin Black like me 1959 witness history audio 9 mins

The Whitewashing of Zimbabwe’s ancient history When colonial explorers discovered an ancient ruined city in Zimbabwe, they claimed foreigners must have built it.After independence Zimbabwe was able to reclaim its full heritage. Witness history audio 9 mins
Dorothy Mulkey the woman who ended segregation in the American housing market 1967 witness history
audio 9 mins
The blue eyes/brown eyes experiment an anti racist exercise. A teacher decided to separate pupils according to eye colour to teach them about racism Witness History
audio 9 mins

India and British colonialism

Partition and me episode 1
video 59 mins
Partition and me episode 2
video 59 mins
Partition and me:What happened to the women? video 4.09 mins
Three pounds in my pocket the stories of pioneering Asians who came to Britain from the 1950s onwards World Service The documentary
series one three episodes audio 29 mins
Three pounds in my pocket the stories of pioneering Asians who cam to Britain from the 1950’s onwards World service the documentary series two three episodes audio 28 mins
Three pounds in my pocket the stories of pioneering Asians who came to Britain from the 1950’s onwards World service the documentary series three three episodes audio 28 mins
Three pounds in my pocket the stories of pioneering Asians who came to Britain from the 1950s onwards World service the documentary
series four three episodes audio 28 mins
The Amritsar massacre 1919 British Indian troops fired on an unarmed crowd in Amritsar in the Punjab WS witness history
audio 9 mins
Udam Singh avenging the Amritsar massacre WS witness history
audio 9mins
The silk letters movement In 1916 the authorities in India uncovered plans to overthrow British rule witness history audio 9 mins
The 1943 Bengal Famine during British rule witness history
audio 9 mins
The division of Kashmir 1947 witness history audio 9 mins
India partition 1946 episode one Witness history audio 10 mins
India partition 1946 episode two Witness history audio 10 mins
The quit India movement witness history audio 9 mins
The Frontier Ghandi 1930 witness history audio 9 mins
Partition the last days of British rule 1947 witness history
audio 9 mins
Gandhi’s salt march 1930’s witness history audio 9 mins
War in East Pakistan witness history audio 9 mins
Bangladesh wins independence 1971 witness history audio 9 mins
Ghandi ji arrives in the UK 1931
video 3.28
Ghandi ji with the workng class people of Manchester and London 1931
video 48 sec
Ghandi ji London home in the East End 1931 video 2.19 mins
Dr Shashi Tharoor reparations speech at the Oxford Union 2015, filters through the idea of the benign colonialist
video 15.28 mins
A taster of Dr Shashi Tharoor book Inglorious Empire
audio 9.27 mins

London’s first Black Policeman
Norwell Roberts joined the Metropolitan police in 1967. He was put forward as a symbol of progressive policing amid ongoing tensions between the police and ethnic minorities in the capital. But behind the scenes, he endured years of racist abuse from colleagues within the force. Norwell Roberts speaks about growing up in Britain and his determination to be a pioneer in the police force. World service witness history audio 9 mins
Hugh Muir BBC R4 has spent much of his journalistic career chronicling the working lives of Britain’s black and minority ethnic police officers. In this programme, he investigates claims that racism is on the rise within policing in the UK.
Black and Blue
audio 28 mins

A growing number of police departments in the US are introducing a new concept in their training – teaching officers on the beat how to step in when they see a colleague doing something they don’t think is right.
Training the police to patrol each other
audio 26 mins
Yvonne Connolly Britains first black woman headteacher
Yvonne Conolly was made headteacher of Ringcross Primary school in North London in 1969. She had moved to the UK from Jamaica just a few years earlier and quickly worked her way up the teaching profession. She faced racist threats when she first took up the post but refused to allow them to define her relationship with the children she taught. World service witness history
audio 9 mins
Viv Anderson Britain’s first Black footballer
In November 1978, Viv Anderson became the first black footballer to play a full England international. The son of Jamaican immigrants, Anderson had to endure racial abuse from opposing fans to achieve his dream of reaching the very top of the professional game. He went on to win the European Cup twice with Nottingham Forest and to become Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signing at Manchester United
. World service witness history
audio 9 mins
Diane Abbott First Black Female MP in Britain
In 1987 Diane Abbott became the first black woman elected to the British Parliament. The daughter of first generation immigrants she was one of only four black MPs elected that day.

World service witness history
audio 9 mins

The Black Footballer’s Dilemma Former footballer Clark Carlisle tells story of British black players in the game. BBC Sounds archive on 4
audio 56 mins

Forty years ago this month, Viv Anderson made his debut for England against Czechoslovakia – the first black player to play for his country. Former footballer Clark Carlisle looks back at the challenges black players faced at a time when racist abuse from the terraces – often from their own fans – and insults within the dressing room were a regular occurrence. Some, like Cyrille Regis, chose to respond by ignoring the insults and death threats and by “putting the ball in the back of the net”. But should he and others have done more to stand up against the abuse?

Through archive and new interviews with those who lived through it – including former players like Garth Crooks, Paul Davis, Paul Mortimer and Paul Canoville – as well as his own personal experiences, Clark Carlisle examines the difficult choices black players faced and asks whether the issue of racism in football is really a thing of the past.

Getting rid of AI bias
From the courts to the jobs market, AI is influencing decisions that have a big impact on people’s lives. Researchers now believe that not all people are treated equally by some algorithms. They’ve found potential bias – influenced by race, class and gender – can have an impact on the decisions that computers make. Some programmers, computer scientists and entrepreneurs hope to fight this bias, using the technology that created it in the first place.
World service people fixing the world
audio 23 mins
The killing of George Floyd last year triggered a national conversation about race and racism in Britain. It’s a subject that can be uncomfortable and sometimes divisive, as BBC presenter Naga Munchetty discovers when she travels across the country to understand what race and racism mean in the UK today. BBC I player Panorama Let’s talk about race
 TV 58 mins
Do what you can with what you have from where you are
don’t call out call forward a conversation podcast episode
audio 50 mins

Instead of pointing fingers and tearing each other down, what if we discovered how to create a world that is better for all of us? Justin Michael Williams is focused on how we can heal our social divides by engaging in thorny, messy, but very necessary conversations. The key lies in calling each other forward, rather than just calling out.

5 ways to disrupt racism
video 2.20 mins
A year in the life of a Chinese restaurant
Three people who’ve witnessed the rise of Sinophobia first hand and seen it damage not only their livelihoods, but also their families. They explain why they’re not prepared to stay silent, as was often the case for previous generations, and how they plan to use food in the fight against racism and ignorance. world service the food chain
audio 27 mins
The scandal of Liverpool’s missing Chinese sailors
During World War Two, thousands of Chinese sailors and engineers served in the British Merchant Navy, keeping supplies flowing into the port of Liverpool and risking their lives in crossings of the Atlantic. Many settled in the port city and started families with local women but, after fighting ended in 1945, the British authorities began forcing them to leave. Simon Watts talks to Yvonne Foley, whose Chinese father was pressured to return to Shanghai, never to be seen again. World Service witness history
audio 9 mins
Owning power and privilege toolkit read

one step in tackling racism

In a step towards becoming an actively anti-racist church, Quakers will cease to name a room in their London offices after William Penn.

Quakers were totally immersed in the slave trade – both as owners and abolitionists – and are working today to understand how early Quakers like Penn reconciled their values with benefitting from the barbaric trade… read the article here


The big green lie
survival international
animation 3 mins

Who will suffer if 30% of Earth is “protected”? It won’t be those who have overwhelmingly caused the climate crisis, but rather indigenous and other local people in the Global South who play little or no part in the environment’s destruction. Kicking them off their land to create Protected Areas won’t help the climate:

Indigenous peoples are the best guardians of the natural world and an essential part of human diversity that is a key to protecting biodiversity. At the next Convention on Biological Diversity summit, world leaders plan to agree turning 30% of the Earth into “Protected Areas” by 2030

Imperial Echo
Excavates the Commonwealth of Nation’s 19th Century origins in the British Empire and its formal institution in 1949 as a post-colonial worldwide network of states ‘free and equal’ within the organisation. Some have joked that the long shadow of its colonial origins has made it the ‘after-care service of Empire’. And with Her Majesty the Queen as its Head, the Commonwealth in the 1980s and 1990s became a powerful tool in the pursuit of majority rule in Zimbabwe and South Africa. But since then it has struggled to clearly define itself for the closely interconnected 21st Century. Whose common wealth and for who? World service the documentary
audio 27 mins
Colonial countryside
Prof. Corinne Fowler: Colonial Countryside History learning activities
video 33 mins
Black Tudors Book Miranda Kaufman
Black Tudors 
Until now the story of the Africans who lived and died in sixteenth-century England has remained untold…
Green Unpleasant Land Book
Corrine Fowler unpacking the colonial countryside
Thinking in colour
BBC Sounds R4
audio 28 mins

Thinking in colour: Passing is a term that originally referred to light skinned African Americans who decided to live their lives as white people. In a strictly segregated society, life on the other side of the colour line could be easier. But it came at a price. Here, Gary Younge, Professor of Sociology at Manchester University, explores stories of racial passing through the prism of one of his favourite books, Passing, by Nella Larsen. The 1929 novella brought the concept into the mainstream. It tells the story of two friends; both African-American though one ‘passes’ for white. It’s one of Gary Younge’s, favourite books, for all that it reveals about race, class and privilege. Hear three extraordinary personal accounts, each a journey towards understanding racial identity, and belonging.

Passing by Nella Larsen book