Jeffrey Boakye & Nova Reid in Conversation

Friday 28th October

Writers Jeffrey Boakye and Nova Reid discuss tackling systemic racism from the inside out.


As they share the stage for their first public event together, Boakye and Reid explore their journeys so far, what systemic racism looks like, the barriers that hinder meaningful change, the powerful role of education and the practical ways in which individuals can make the move from bystander to changemaker.

Jeffrey Boakye is an author, broadcaster, educator and journalist, with over 15 years’ experience of teaching in secondary schools in the UK. His book I Heard What You Said is a necessary call to action over an education system that is default white.

He is also the author of Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials, and the Meaning of Grime; Black, Listed: Black British Culture Explored; What Is Masculinity? Why Does it Matter? And Other Big Questions; and Musical Truth: A Musical History of Modern Black Britain.

Nova Reid is a thought leader, writer, TED speaker and curator of courageous conversations. Reid uses her background in mental wellbeing to encourage meaningful change from the inside out. Through her TED Talk and podcast series, Conversations with Nova Reid, she creates space for people to talk about a variety of topics.

She worked with organisations including Google, BT, Bloody Good Period and human rights charity Birthrights, and runs an online academy, Becoming Anti-Racist with Nova Reid. She is a regular contributor to BBC News and Sky News, and has written for publications including The Guardian, Vogue, Elle and Stylist. Her book, The Good Ally, has been described as ‘life-changing’ by many readers.

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