Race Equality Week: Join us to explore discrimination, sexuality and imperialism


Hammersmith & Fulham Council is hosting a week of online events to honor Race Equality Week.

Race Equality Week runs February 7-13 and we invite local residents and businesses to join us in addressing issues such as ethnic minority employees and workplace discrimination, imperialism and sexuality.

Our events feature a range of guest speakers, focusing on areas such as the Metropolitan Police, the NHS and the LGBTQ+ community, and why racial equality matters.

All events will take place online on Microsoft Teams and are open to all residents. Virtual events include:

Why Racial Equality Matters

Guest speaker: Professor Kehinde Andrews
monday 7 february
Noon -1:30 p.m.

Colonialism and imperialism are often seen as distant memories, whether glorified in Britain’s collective nostalgia or taught as a sin of the past in history lessons. But imperialism, argues black studies professor Kehinde Andrews, is alive and well – it has just taken on a new form.

Kehinde Nkosi Andrews is a British scholar and author specializing in Black Studies. He is director of the Center for Critical Social Research, founder of the Harambee Organization of Black Unity and co-chair of the UK Black Studies Association. Andrews is the first black studies professor in the UK and led the creation of the first black studies program in Europe at Birmingham City University.

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Racial equality within the Metropolitan Police

Guest Speaker: Superintendent Paul Wilson
tuesday 8 february
6-7:30 p.m.

Paul Wilson will discuss the challenges he faced when he rose to the top of his profession and how he overcame those obstacles and his experience of racial equality in the Metropolitan Police over the past decades.

Paul Wilson has retired from the Metropolitan Police in London as Superintendent after 31 years of public service. He was central to the creation of the UK’s first Black Police Association and was responsible for a significant number of reports focusing on the issue of institutional racism and the provision of policing services to black and ethnic ethnic communities. minorities, as well as a plethora of media appearances. and contributions on the subject.

As the first black British recipient of the Fulbright Police Fellowship Award and author of a report and subsequent oral testimony on institutional racism during the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, Paul’s authority on the subject is unquestionable. Today, he uses his knowledge and experiences on this subject to personally chronicle the proliferation and slow progress of tackling institutional racism in British policing.

Paul will also talk about his recent book ‘Rock the boat‘ which is quickly becoming essential reading for those interested in policing and race relations.

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Hear from an LGBTQ+ perspective

Guest speaker: Yemisi Ilesanmi
Wednesday February 9
6-7:15 p.m.

Yemisi IIesanmi will share her lived experience as a black African bisexual woman.

Yemisi IIesanmi is a Nigerian residing in the UK. She identifies as feminist, bisexual and atheist. She is a lawyer and holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) in gender, sexuality and human rights. She is a trade unionist, human rights activist, poet and author of the book ‘Freedom to love for ALL: homosexuality is not anti-African‘.

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My experience of living in the NHS

Guest speaker: Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu (OBE)
Friday February 11
6-7:30 p.m.

Dame Elizabeth Anionwu OBE, Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, was Britain’s first specialist nurse for sickle cell and thalassemia. She will talk about her inspiring career, the obstacles she overcame, and the discrimination black nurses still face today.

She will discuss her experiences in the NHS and cover parts of her recent book ‘dreams of my mother‘.

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If you have any questions about Race Equality Week please email [email protected]

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