On the 30th of Oct, the MICE Hub (Mental Health in Childhood & Education Hub) in collaboration with the Health & Wellbeing Theme at the University of Portmouth, organised a very successful Seminar to mark Black History Month. The seminar was entitled: Covid-19, Black Lives Matter and Conversations about Race and Racism (View video link here)
The following speakers featured in the event:
· Dr Paul Ian Campbell, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Leicester; Associate Editor for Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power; BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize (2017).
· Ms Sonia Carr, CEO of Wiltshire Racial Equality Council
· Ms Patricia Gilbert, PhD student School of Education and Sociology, University of Portsmouth
In the talk, the speakers discussed the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, raising areas of concern regarding ethnicity and race relations, social care, education, attainment and well-being. The speakers also considered the extent to which the pandemic and the upsurge of anti-racist activism following the murder of George Floyd have influenced our conversations about race and racism.