As part of our new #reconstructionwork programme, Stuart Hall Foundation is hosting a series of online one-to-one conversations.
The term ‘reconstruction’ is often used to characterize a moment in time where a series of events force a period of political, social and economic reorganisation. This past year, the Covid-19 pandemic and the sustained Black Lives Matter protests have prompted a collective reassessment of the past in order to make sense of present-day inequalities. Stuart discussed ‘reconstruction’ as an opportunity to “reinscribe the past, reactivate it, relocate it and resignify it” in order to work through the present, reinterpret the future and to imagine something else. Our #reconstructionwork series implements Stuart’s thinking through a series of online public conversations where we invite writers, artists and activists to critically consider how we can build a better society in response to the Covid-19 crisis and the Black Lives Matter protests worldwide.
In the second of the series you will meet David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor together with Amina Gichinga, an organiser with London Renters Union and founder of Nawi Collective singing group.
They will explore how the long histories of black cultural and political activism can help us construct just and equal futures, working across different generations and geographies.
Reflecting on their own personal experiences, David and Amina will discuss how best to effect political change through grassroots activism and the parliamentary system, taking into consideration the role of community, culture and theories of change.
Learn more about our #ReconstructionWork Programme here