Race Matters

Category : History

History, patience and frustration: A review of I Am Not Your Negro

11 Apr, 2017 by admin

Runnymede Policy Officer Kimberly McIntosh reviews the Oscar-nominated documentary based on unfinished work by celebrated writer ...

The criminalisation of black America resonates in the UK: A review of 13th

03 Mar, 2017 by admin

Runnymede's policy officer Kimberly McIntosh illustrates how Ava DuVernay’s documentary on mass incarceration in ...

Quiet, modest, exceptional: a review of the film Loving

01 Feb, 2017 by admin

Mixed race couples are all but unremarkable in contemporary storytelling, but it wasn't all that long ago that they were il ...

Teaching Migration Past to Deal with Migration Present?

01 Dec, 2016 by admin

As net migration figures are released, it’s likely that we can expect another slew of threatening headlines across the fro ...

Africans who changed the world

12 Oct, 2016 by admin

Kwame P. Aboagye pays tribute to a selection of African ancestors who changed the world This October is African History month. ...

Why the history of migration is so important

23 Sep, 2016 by Lester Holloway

Earlier this week Runnymede launched the Our Migration Story initiative explaining the history of migration to the UK.  ...

Nothing innocent about blackfacing

26 Aug, 2016 by Lester Holloway

Morris dancers claim blackfacing is nothing to do with race but history tells another story, says Lester HollowayNews today  ...

Sam King and the Windrush generation were pioneers, survivors and heroes

18 Jun, 2016 by Lester Holloway

Sam King was a shining light of the Windrush generation. On his passing Lester Holloway reflects on what he stood forA part of b ...

#RhodesMustFall: A Movement for Historical and Contemporary Recognition of Racial Injustice (part 1)

24 Dec, 2015 by Lester Holloway

The Rhodes Must Fall movement began in South Africa and has now spread to the UK. In the past few weeks its efforts to remove a ...

Part II on #RhodesMustFall: Understanding and responding to the current effects of historic injustice

24 Dec, 2015 by Lester Holloway

The Rhodes Must Fall movement began in South Africa and has now spread to the UK. In the past few weeks its efforts to remove ...

Race and the media

23 Nov, 2015 by Lester Holloway

Runnymede’s online editor Lester Holloway reflects on how far the media has come in 50 years since the first Race Relation ...

Mali attack: African Union needs to step up to the plate

22 Nov, 2015 by Lester Holloway

The attack in Mali this week has refocused attention on radical terrorism in Africa. But is the anti-terror strategy working or ...

Ethiopian Prince Alemayhu's remains must be sent home

08 Nov, 2015 by Lester Holloway

This Thursday (14th November) marks the anniversary of the passing of the Ethiopian royal Prince Alemayhu in 1879. Captured by t ...

The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain: 15 years On

09 Oct, 2015 by Lester Holloway

15 years after the publication of the groundbreaking Parekh Report, Runnymede's director Dr Omar Khan reflects on how far we've ...

What Black History Month means to me

30 Sep, 2015 by Lester Holloway

Lester Holloway reflects on the origins and growth of Black History Month Britain celebrates its 28th Black History Month whic ...

Immigrants should be ‘at the centre of the story’ of Britain’s modern history

11 Aug, 2015 by admin

By Dr Julian Simpson Is history, as it is generally written in the UK, racist and xenophobic? The discipline certainly has a ...


Runnymede Trust and the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta

15 Jun, 2015 by admin

The Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading race equality think tank, is named after the place where the Magna Carta was sealed ...

As a woman of colour, the odds are never in your favour

12 May, 2015 by Victoria Nambi

First year English student at UCL Victoria Nambi, inspired by a documentary looking at race and gender, imagines how long we cou ...


How does a university deal with its legacy of eugenics?

10 Apr, 2015 by Runnymede

Jess Murray and Ollie Phelan, students at University College London (UCL), analyse the legacy of eugenics left to their universi ...

VIDEO: History Lessons

01 Apr, 2015 by Runnymede

Runnymede's History Lessons project looks at the importance of diversity in the curriculum, particularly in history le ...


800 years since the Magna Carta: Remembering the British struggle for ethnic minority rights

26 Mar, 2015 by Laurence Brown

As the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta approaches, Dr Laurence Brown argues that the significant struggles f ...


Rejecting Enoch Powell is Not Enough

08 Mar, 2015 by Omar Khan

Across Europe and North America the political right is increasingly focused on widening their appeal to black and minority ethni ...


Whose history, whose story? Is our school history curriculum fit for purpose?

02 Mar, 2015 by Debbie Weekes-Bernard

Britain is increasingly diverse, as we all know. According to the 2011 Census, 20% of people in England and Wales identify them ...


The challenge for race equality: 50 years on from the Race Relations Act

27 Feb, 2015 by Omar Khan

Fifty years on from the first race relations legislation passed in Britain, the popular press, our political leaders, and public ...


Black Americans died for voting rights in Selma; we can't be complacent about ours

28 Jan, 2015 by Omar Khan

Fifty years ago Dr Martin Luther King Jr led a movement demanding voting rights for African Americans, marching from Selma, in A ...


Following in the footsteps of Dr Martin Luther King Jr

27 Jan, 2015 by Heidi Mirza

Dr Heidi Safia Mirza recalls her speech at St Paul's Cathedral for the Runnymede event to commemorate 50 years since Dr Martin L ...


Black History Month

15 Oct, 2014 by admin

As part of Black History Month, Runnymede will be re-posting various blogs we have previously written on race equality. Runny ...


‘Blacking up’, past and present: explanations are not justifications

15 Oct, 2014 by Omar Khan

  Living in a society where people hold different beliefs and express varying cultural practices does not typically lead to ...


Exhibit B

26 Sep, 2014 by admin

Exhibit B by Robbie Shilliam Here’s my take on the Exhibit B furore that has been going on at the B ...


Wisdom to End Racism: Keeping the Fight Alive

30 May, 2014 by Sondhya Gupta

Still Keeping the Fight Alive is a fantastic film that tells the history of racism in East London over the past 33 years and how ...


How the Poles saved England - another forgotten story

28 Apr, 2014 by Mark Johnson

In 1940, Britain stood alone against the might of Nazi Germany. The Nazi totalitarian state represented the most viscous and vio ...