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Week 1: Unlearning to Amplify & Activate

Welcome to the 30 “Day” Allyship Challenge. Allyship is a lifelong journey with no end! You never stop learning, unlearning, relearning and using your platform to create change. So, where do you start? Self education! YOU have to put in the work to become equipped to make change happen. Over the next 4 weeks, you will receive a newsletter (like this one) with actionable things to do to help you on your journey. The aim is that after the 4 weeks, you will continue on in your journey. So, lets begin.

Education

Self education is a key part of your journey. The more you read the more you become equipped to be a better Ally. Read books by Black & Brown Authors

Maybe I Don’t Belong Here by David Harewoods

East of Acre Lane by Alex Wheatle

Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez

Natives - Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire - Akala

Why I am no longer speaking to White People about Race Reni Eddo-Lodge

How To Be An Antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi

Take an Allyship or Antiracism Workshop.

Listen

Attend a listening session, let’s have a conversation in a safe space.

We invite you to join us this Friday 08/10 from 1-1:30pm to discuss how we can unlearn to amplify marginalised voices and activate to become change-makers click to join

Podcasts & Videos

An interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter - Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi (2016)

The danger of a single story - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2009)

Don’t be a Bystander: 6 Tips for Responding to Racist Attacks - Barnard Center for Research on Women (2017)

For white people asking what to do about racism - Light Watkins (2020)

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast - Chevon and Hiba (2021)

Watch

Diverse TV shows, films and documentaries

When They See Us Netflix

Moonlight Amazon Prime, Apple TV

On My Block Netflix

Inside America's Treasure House: The Met BBC iPlayer

Enslaved with Samuel L Jackson BBC iPlayer

Upcoming Events This October

Black History Walks Guided walking tours of London’s African History click to book

Chineke! Orchestra The first orchestra in Europe to be made up of majority Black, Asian and ethnically diverse musicians click to book

Rockets and Blue Lights (National Theatre, 25th Aug - 9th Oct) Winsome Pinnock’s powerful exploration of Black British history and the slave trade click to book

Afro Art Festival (Central Park, London, Oct 30th) Celebration of Black Hair, pride and heritage through music, dance and food click to book

Vocals & Verses: Black History Special (Streatham Hill, London, Oct 10th) An incredible line-up of Black poets and singers click to book

TIPS

  • Read books by Black and Brown voices

  • Be intentional in exposing yourself to difference

  • Be vulnerable about your own biases and make an effort to improve

  • Engage with peers openly about race, racism and privilege. Educate them

Keep a journal, or make notes about your journey

Educate, Learn, Listen, Take Action, Repeat!

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