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"Black lives and the 'new' Commonwealth in post-war Britain: Decolonisation, race and justice"
"In the immediate post-war years, the 'Mother Country' was an unwelcoming place for many Commonwealth immigrants. Racism was rife and the Commonwealth was still British-run and very Imperial in character. As Britain's new black citizens encountered widespread discrimination, did the change to the modern Commonwealth, the creation of the Commonwealth Secretariat and the highlighting of racial injustice in Rhodesia and apartheid South Africa give confidence and hope to immigrant communities, creating a 'visceral connection'? Or was the international experience very divorced from the reality of localised black protest - whether the Notting Hill Riots, the Bristol Bus boycott, or the protests in support of the Mangrove Nine? How do subsequent generations now view the modern Commonwealth, given the diminished profile and reach of the organisation in recent years? Did the UK government’s treatment of the Windrush generation strengthen or diminish respect for the Commonwealth by those seeking justice?"

Chair

Joel Kibazo, Communications specialist, broadcaster and journalist

Panellists

Baroness Usha Prashar, Crossbench Peer

Sunder Katwala, Director of British Future

Mischa Manderson Mills, Strategic communications consultant

Oct 26, 2021 12:00 PM in London

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