Windrush, Grenfell, Macpherson Report, Stop and Search, COVID-19... enough is enough.
Whether it’s on the news, on social media, or in your community, people are talking about Black lives. A long-overdue conversation. Although it might sound like this conversation is louder than ever, consciously or not, Black people have been fighting all their lives.
We have been inundated with heartfelt cries and appeals from young Black people right across Britain who feel they don’t have the opportunity or even the right to share their thoughts and experiences on racism in the UK and beyond.
We can already see that young people of all races are calling for organised, mobilised action. We will not leave them alone in this pursuit. We recognise the power of storytelling to create empathy and change. We recognise that being seen and heard is required to achieve justice. True system change will only come when we are able to discuss the role race plays in all parts of our society.
This is why, alongside organisations including My Life My Say and The Diana Award, and activist, Jermain Jackman, we have come together to launch the #YoungAndBlack campaign. A space to share, listen and learn from the experiences of young Black people.
Through an online campaign and a series of events we seek to truly illuminate and create safe spaces for young Black people to share stories, connect and highlight their personal experiences of being #YoungAndBlack in Britain. But this isn’t about one race talking to itself. We believe that true social cohesion starts with real understanding. That journey starts with active listening. Let’s boldly work together to foster more understanding as we amplify young Black experiences in Britain.
Sign up to support and get involved in the #YoungAndBlack Campaign