BlackFest 2022 – Diasporic Dialogues at the Museum of Liverpool

Sunday 2th October

BlackFest has returned and rebranded our usual Diversity Dialogues What has changed? what has stayed the same? Find out this October at MoL


BlackFest’s Diversity Dialogues has now changed format to focusing and platforming conversation’s with the community. It is now Diasporic Dialogues this year it is in conversation with Jimi Jagne covering the topics on the articles he has written.

The 8 academic articles are on various examples of self-determination in Liverpool L8 during the 20th century. This includes the influence of L8 Law Centre, Charles Wooton Centre, Black Sisters, Black Caucus, L8 Defence committee, Rastafarinism challenging Racism in the area and many more. The academic articles will be printed as a booklet for Black led arts organsiation Serendipity and in partnership with Professor Stephen Small from California, Berkeley for BHM 2022. We will launch the articles or direct people to where they can find them at Serendipity during the event lead in for Jimi Jagne’s research to be celebrated during the month and the history of the area known to other areas and some who would like to hear about them.

Hosted by: Ray Quarless a prolific L8 activist, Toxteth Uprise campaigner, Social justice and Racial Equality advocate and company Director of Liverpool Black Men’s Group CIC.

Jimi Jagne is a local historian and L8 activist discussing the significance of the ’81 Uprising.’

His concerns are with the challenges of this constant prevailing narrative of violent criminality, misconceptions of the L8 Uprising that ultimately represented an uncompromising form of local resistance which confound the truth. Which was simply a group of people seeking Justice. Jimi’s activism spans decades of 41 years to date he took up defending the local streets from the NF and was arrested in ‘82’ for his heroism in taking part in the revolt of ‘81’. Like most Black kids from his generation, he experienced police brutality, segregation, racism and mistreatment at school. He has been an anti-apartheid campaigner in the 1980’s challenging universities to have all investments in apartheid divested, he managed the REACHing High Black Boys mentoring programme and was a co-founder of Toxteth Against the Riots (TAR) in response to disturbances to Toxteth coming from other areas of Liverpool in 2011. He has featured in many interviews to local and national newspapers; local radio stations in various parts of the UK; national radio, including the BBC’s ‘The Today Programme’ [BBC Radio 4] and the ‘Witness’ daily strand [BBC World Service]. He has also provided historical expertise on television productions, such as ‘A House Through Time’ [BBC2] and has been profiled in two books featuring histories of the L8 Uprising – ‘Promised You A Miracle: UK 80-82’ by Andy Beckett [Allen Lane, 2015] and ‘There She Goes: Liverpool A City On It’s Own’ by Simon Hughes [deCourbertin Books, 2019].

Profersssor Stephen Small

Professor Stephen Small, Ph.D. earned his doctorate in Sociology from University of California, Berkeley (1989); his MSc in Social Science from the University of Bristol, England (1983); and his BA (hons) in Economics and Sociology from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England (1979). He teaches courses in the comparative historical sociology of Africans throughout the diaspora, with particular focus on the United States, the Caribbean and England. He also teaches qualitative methods. His current research priorities are on the political economy of Black Europe; and British imperialism and it’s legacies, with special reference to Liverpool. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam in 2010-2015. He taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1988-1992) and in England at the University of Warwick and the University of Leicester.

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