Updated: May 19
2 min read Written by: Temitope Ajadi
The UK has a long and complex history with race relations. In recent years, there has been an increase in public discussion and awareness of issues surrounding racism and discrimination. This has led to a greater demand for resources that can help educate people on these topics.
There are many organisations and initiatives that offer anti-racist resources in the UK. This article will provide an overview of some of the most prominent ones.
Organisations that offer anti-racist resources in the UK
Several organisations offer anti-racist resources in the UK. Some of the most prominent ones include:
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a non-governmental organisation that promotes and protects human rights in the UK. It provides resources on various topics related to equality and diversity, including racism and discrimination.
The Runnymede Trust is a think tank that focuses on issues of race and ethnicity in the UK. It provides research and resources on a variety of topics, including anti-racism and discrimination.
The Race Equality Foundation is an organisation that works to promote race equality in the UK. It provides resources on a range of topics, including anti-racism and discrimination.
Blueprint For All (formerly The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust)
Blueprint For All is an organisation that promotes equal opportunities and tackles racism. It provides resources on a range of topics, including anti-racist education and training.
The Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation is led by Stephen’s mother, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, OBE. First celebrated in 2019, Stephen Lawrence Day happens every April 22nd – the day Stephen died. An official day in the British calendar, the Day marks and celebrates Stephen’s life and legacy. #StephenLawrenceDay
Initiatives that offer anti-racist resources in the UK
There are also a number of initiatives that offer anti-racist resources in the UK. Some of the most prominent ones include:
The Anti-Racism Education (ARE) campaign is a national initiative that provides resources and training on anti-racism and discrimination.
The No Outsiders project is an initiative that offers resources and training on equality, diversity, and inclusion.
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is a global initiative that aims to combat racism and discrimination. The UK branch of the BLM movement provides resources on a range of topics, including anti-racism and discrimination. #blacklivesmatter
The brainchild of Damian Collins, aka Swiss, Black Pound Day is a national campaign that encourages people in the UK to spend their money with Black-owned businesses. The initiative aims to promote entrepreneurship within the Black community and help close the wealth gap between white and Black Britons. #blackpoundday
Abouttacepodcast is a British podcast that explores issues of race and racism in the UK. The podcast is hosted by Reni Eddo-Lodge, a journalist and author of the book, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race.
Vox is an American news and opinion website founded by Ezra Klein. The site's mission is to "explain the news", focusing on providing context and analysis around stories that are often overlooked or misinterpreted. It also talks about race and racism a lot.
Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) is an anti-racism educational charity that uses the high-profile status of footballers to deliver anti-racist messages to young people.
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world where all enjoy human rights.
The Power of Stories exhibition in Suffolk features three original costumes from Marvel Studios' Black Panther movie: T'Challa, Okoye and Shuri. It is on tour until January 2023, and is being re-imagined by each venue. Power of Stories shares local Black stories which have long been overlooked despite the community's contributions to the economy and culture in the region.
These are just a few of the many organisations and initiatives that offer anti-racist resources in the UK. If you are looking for more information on this topic, there are several websites and books that can provide additional resources.
"Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race" by Reni Eddo-Lodge: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40769464-why-i-m-no-longer-talking-to-white-people-about-race
Black Ballad, an online magazine focused on showcasing Black British women's stories and perspectives.
To help organisations fill in the 'missing' skillsets exposed by the Covid-19 epidemic and #BlackLivesMatter, Healing Solidarity formed as a multi-racial collective of consultants supporting white people with the resources to show up for anti-racism in the global development sector.
There are many organisations and initiatives that offer anti-racist resources in the UK. This article has provided an overview of some of the most prominent ones.
If you are looking for more information on this topic, there are a number of websites and books that can provide additional resources. Just get onto your search engine and take a look.
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