On the 12 February, join ASUP and Jak Beula (Nubian Jak Heritage Organisation) to honour African American activist Ida B. Wells with a heritage plaque in Birmingham.
Wells was a community activist who fought against the ugly legacies of American slavery, including lynching, racism and segregation. She fought for women’s suffrage, and wrote several books and pamphlets denouncing white domestic terrorism and the murder of innocent black men, women and children in the U.S. She visited Britain in 1893 and 1894 to campaign against lynching to transatlantic audiences.
ASUP has part funded the heritage plaque, which will be unveiled on the afternoon of the 12 February. The Nubian Jak Heritage Organisation has assembled an impressive array of events and talks, including contributions from local school children, the Birmingham Mayor, a representative of the U.S. Embassy, and local community activists.
Dr. Hannah-Rose Murray (ASUP) will also be delivering a lecture on Wells’ travels to Britain on 5 February at MAC Birmingham. The event is free, but please register at http://idabwellsinbritain.eventbrite.co.uk
On Thursday 31st January at BACKLIT Art Gallery, please join The Rights Lab and the Antislavery Usable Past for an immersive and interactive screening of Dr. Shreepali Patel’s The Crossing, complete with bluetooth headphones.
The Crossing explores the story of a young girl who is manipulated through the “lover-boy technique”, and is subsequently trafficked for sex across Europe. Dr. Patel’s aim was to begin the film with the “concept of ‘hope’ and its gradual unfurling reality into an exploitation of trust to perpetuate a $150 billion world trade in her 21 million people, a third of which are children.” Through Dr. Patel’s extensive work with survivors, one described the experience as though the “body [was] separated from the soul.”
After the screening of the film (15 minutes), there will be a discussion with a panel of experts from the Rights Lab, University of Nottingham, home to the world’s leading modern slavery experts.
The event will be held at BACKLIT Art Gallery, housed in a building owned by nineteenth-century abolitionist Samuel Morley. The event is free, but please register- http://thecrossingscreening.eventbrite.co.uk
This event is sponsored by The Rights Lab and the AHRC-Funded Antislavery Usable Past Grant. Based at the University of Nottingham, the RL is the world’s largest and leading group of modern slavery researchers.