Talk

Gina Belafonte

Gina Belafonte
Date:
22 Aug 2018
Time:
Doors 5pm for a 5.30pm start
Suitable for:
adults
Booking:
Free event, pre-booking is essential
Room:
Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building

The 2018 Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture

Join us for the Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture, part of this year's Slavery Remembrance Day programme.

We are delighted that Gina Belafonte will deliver this year’s keynote speech. Gina Belafonte is the daughter of the legendary Harry Belafonte - the American singer, songwriter, actor and a social activist among Dr Martin Luther King Jr's confidantes.

The lecture is free but booking is essential. Reserve your free ticket on Eventbrite.

Gina is an artist and activist who has worked with her father on multiple productions. She is currently the co-director of Sankofa.org, a social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte that educates, motivates, and activates artists and allies in service of grassroots movements and equitable change. It enlists the support of today's most celebrated artists and influencers in collaboration with grassroots partners, to elevate the voices of those who find themselves disenfranchised from their communities to promote peace and equity.

The keynote speech will be followed by a Q&A session.

This event has British Sign Language interpretation.

Doors 5pm for a 5.30pm start. Places at the lecture are limited and entrance is by ticket only. Limit of two places per person. Seating will be allocated on the evening on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. We cannot guarantee that any additional seating will be available on the evening of the event for anyone who has not booked.

This annual event has been named in honour of Dorothy Kuya. She was one of the country's leading figures in combating inequality and a tireless anti-racism campaigner who fought all her life for truth and justice. Dorothy lived in Liverpool and was part of the steering group instrumental in transforming and developing National Museums Liverpool's Transatlantic Slavery Gallery into the International Slavery Museum, which opened in 2007. It is fitting that her name should live on to educate and inspire future generations.

Slavery Remembrance Day has been marked on 23 August in Liverpool since 1999 and this is the city’s 19th year of celebration, commemoration and remembrance. Liverpool was the European capital of the transatlantic slave trade, responsible for half of Britain’s trade. More than 5,000 slaver ship voyages were made from the city. The ships set sail from Liverpool with goods and franchise, which were exchanged for enslaved men, women and children on the west coast of Africa who were then taken across the Atlantic in a horrific journey known as ‘the Middle Passage’. Through these exchanges, ships departing Liverpool would go on to carry an estimated 1.5 million enslaved Africans into slavery.

Please note that the lecture takes place in the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building, at the entrance to the Albert Dock.

This event is part of our Slavery Remembrance Day 2018 event series.