Toppling statues and renaming buildings – The Black Lives Matter Movement and the history of slavery – Thursday 15 October – 14:15 – 15:00
This live lecture will focus upon the Black Lives Matter Movement, both in the US and the UK, and the impact this has had. Recent events have led to lots of discussion around Britain’s involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade and how this should be remembered. Protests, such as the toppling of Colston’s statue in Bristol and calls to rename streets, have generally mirrored those in the US, where there has been a widespread removal of monuments of people with links to slavery. The speaker will be Andrea Livesey, a lecturer in slavery and US history, who has published on slavery and provided commentary for BBC Radio, the Guardian and other media outlets.