Thursday 25th June 2020. Keel Square, Sunderland city centre, in North East England. Professor Donna Chambers takes to the stage, of the Black Lives Matter vigil, where she leads a public kneeling for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, in memory of George Floyd.
Across the episode, hear entwined experiences from thirteen Black people living in the UK, and their thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement, its relevance in the UK in 2020, and the future of BLM.
This episode of Black Lives features the voices of;
- Dr. Yvonne Battle-Felton, author, and Lecturer of Creative Writing and Creative Industries, Sheffield Hallam University.
- Gary Bennett, former professional footballer and Founder of Show Racism the Red Card
- Professor Donna Chambers, Convenor of the Race, Class and Ethnicity (RaCE) network at the University of Sunderland.
- Dr. Hannabiell Saunders, musician and composer, leader of Ladies of Midnight Blue.
- Neville Glean, Film Director.
- Nicholas Glean, filmmaker, and Senior Lecturer in Video and New Media at the University of Sunderland.
- Dominic JP Nelson-Ashley, music producer, author, and spoken word poet.
- MP Chi Onwurah, Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne.
- Yilis Del Carmen Suriel, visual artist, performer and musician.
- Ola Tony-Obot, social worker and former renowned sports journalist.
- Carlton West, Liberal Democrat PCC for Washington and Sunderland West.
- Colina Wright, CEO of Sunderland Students' Union.
Black Lives is an open door to further conversations - if you want to get in touch, do. Any thoughts you want to share, any stories or experiences you want to add to the podcast, please do get in touch. On Twitter, we are @BlackLivesPod.
With music from Ladies of Midnight Blue, and Tunde.