Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture

Monday 22 August 2016, 6pm 

The lecture is now fully booked. 

Akala, speaker at Slavery Remembrance Day 2016



The 2016 Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture was delivered by BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hiphop artist, writer/poet and historian Akala.

Akala is one of Britain’s most revered and respected MCs. He has been heralded as "one of the very few UK spokespeople for credible hip hop" (Time Out), while his music has been perennially lauded for being "Impassioned and articulate" (Q). Moreover his reputation for stellar live performances has seen him grace stages across the globe, from Brazil to Vietnam to Australia, and support a variety of artists including Jay Z, Nas, Damien Marley and M.I.A.

When not wearing his hat as Akala the rapper, writer, musician and producer, he is not only busy running his own independently founded and funded record label Illa State Records but he is also the founder and artistic director of The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company (THSC), a music theatre production company offering educational programmes, live music events and music theatre productions for young people.

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Dorothy Kuya

Dorothy Kuya

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.

See photos from previous years' lectures in our highlights gallery.