Black Lives Matter and the call for action

This event has now passed.

Date: 21 October 2020
Venue: Blackboard Collaborate
Time: 17:30-19:00


Panel discussion reflecting on the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer, and what it means for the future of the city of Bristol. What should happen next?

Join the session via Blackboard Collaborate.

Panel members:

Lawrence Hoo is a Bristol based poet, educator and runs his own company, Inner City Tales. His work is known for throwing a powerful light onto the overlooked experiences of those living in Bristol's under supported communities. It also evokes the inspiring, under celebrated histories which are the inheritance of Bristol's immigrant communities. After a youth spent in and out of the care system, Lawrence developed an uncompromising poetic voice, and a calling for working with people from disadvantaged backgrounds, whose experiences he had lived himself. As a public speaker, Lawrence urges for social justice in Bristol and agitates for positive change.

Will Taylor is a Creative Producer / Researcher currently working on podcasts, short films and social interventions. Platforming underrepresented narratives is a focal part of his work. Currently co-leading Rising Arts Agency's Transforming Leadership Funded Programme “BE IT” alongside Roseanna Dias, Will's focus has moved to critically disrupting ideas of leadership within society. With experience in managing projects centred around accessibility, equity and equality, Will's creative work speaks to representation and community.

Ngaio Anyia is a musician, spoken word artist, journalist and DJ whose passion for inclusion and diversity has led her on a journey of discovery and identity documented through her various art forms;  bringing together a range of cultural influences through creativity and discussion. 

Dr Mena Fombo is the co founder of Blak Wave Productions, one of the only Black Owned TV productions companies in the south west of the UK. She is the founder of Black Girl Convention, supporting large events for womxn and girls of African and Caribbean heritage, and the co director of Bristol African Caribbean Culture Space - a new black arts venue barge to be located in Bristol Harbour. In 2017 she became a TEDxBristol speaker with the thought-provoking No. You Cannot Touch My Hair campaign and talk of the same name. She is the International Ambassador for the city of Bristol, holds an honorary doctorate for work in equalities from UWE Bristol and in 2019 she was Bristol24/7's Woman of the Year!

Chaired by Dr Emmanuel Adukwu.

What are the IT requirements to take part online?

This event is hosted on Blackboard Collaborate. You need to use Chrome as your browser. The audio on the webinar software we use won't work in Safari – so should any of you have an Apple Mac could you please make sure that you have Firefox available on your machine to access the webinar link. If you aren't a Mac user - to ensure a smooth user experience please make sure that you have Chrome enabled on your PC and if it is not your default browser copy and paste the link for the session directly into the address bar rather than click on the link in the invite.

The webinar room will be available 15 minutes before the advertised start time. We advise that you log in and get set up at some point in these 15 minutes before the webinar starts to check that it all works okay. You will be able to listen to the webinar by plugging earphones into your PC, using a headset or if you have a private space available you could listen via the speakers on the PC. If you have a headset or PC with a microphone you will be able to participate verbally in the webinar, but if you do not have either of these you will need to use the chat box.UWE Bristol is proud to be celebrating Black History Month. This event is brought to you in partnership with the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Team and Dr Shawn Sobers.

All are welcome.

Cost: Free
Contact: Louise Goux
E-mail: louise.goux@uwe.ac.uk

More information about Black Lives Matter and the call for action

Back to top