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Environment Matters to Us Too! Communities, 'Race' and Class – Black History Month 2019

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CAWR, Coventry University, Ryton Organic Gardens, Wolston Lane, Coventry, CV8 3LG
22/10/2019, 10:30
22/10/2019, 17:00
Environment Matters to Us Too! Communities, 'Race' and Class – Black History Month 2019

Free event including lunch and transport if required from Coventry Train Station.

This year the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) will be hosting a special event to mark Black History Month.  Black History Month has its roots in the USA in the early 20th century. The genesis of the idea was put forward in 1926 by Carter G Woodson a Black American Historian and known as ‘Negro History Week’ with the notion of encouraging the teaching of Black History in public schools in the USA.  Woodson viewed the teaching of Black history as a key in ensuring the physical and intellectual survival of Black People within broader society. Hence, Black History Month was conceived as a political act in terms to address the invisibility of Black History within the school system and the public sphere more broadly.  On crossing the Atlantic to the UK, in 1987, Black History Month is celebrated throughout October and has evolved as a means of recognizing and celebrating the histories and cultures of Black and ethnic minority communities.  The event hosted by CAWR aims to remember the political act of Carter Woodson that marked its beginning and will provide an opportunity to develop an understanding of the environment from an often invisible minority in the UK. 

The event will draw attention to what is rendered visible when ‘the environment’ is defined broadly and embedded within wider systems of power and oppression. The session will consider struggles that have led to racial advances witnessed in the UK and encourages thinking about ways in which we can continue to work together for improving health and wellbeing outcomes for black communities and an inclusive understanding of the environment.

The session brings together academics, community activists, students and people living in local communities, offering a safe and informal space for dialogue.


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