Dorothy Kuya, 80, passed away shortly before Christmas. Born in Liverpool 8, Dorothy had an impact far beyond Merseyside becoming one of the country’s leading figures in combating inequality.
National Museums Liverpool will now name the annual Slavery Remembrance Day Memorial Lecture in her honour.
It will now be known as the Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Memorial Lecture.
The high-profile lecture takes place in the city on the eve of Slavery Remembrance Day (23 August). It has been delivered by speakers including Martin Luther King III, US Civil Rights activist Diane Nash and last year by Professor Verene Shepherd.
Dr David Fleming, Director of National Museums Liverpool, said: “Dorothy Kuya was Liverpool’s greatest fighter against racism and racial intolerance. It is perfectly fitting that National Museums Liverpool recognises this by naming our celebrated Slavery Remembrance Day Memorial lectures after Dorothy.”
Paul Ogolo, Dorothy’s nephew, said: “We are truly honoured that the lecture will be named in Aunty Dot’s memory. She was instrumental in shaping the International Slavery Museum and was a tireless anti-racism campaigner. She fought all her life against racial intolerance, and fought for the truth and justice. Her name should live on to educate and inspire future generations.”
Dorothy Kuya was Liverpool’s first community relations officer and became head of race equality for Haringey Council before moving back to Merseyside in 1994. She was part of Granby Residents Association and campaigned against the demolition of homes in the area.
Dorothy was also instrumental in helping set up the International Slavery Museum which opened in 2007 and Slavery Remembrance Day which was first marked in the city in 1999.
Arrangements for this year’s Slavery Remembrance Day, run by National Museums Liverpool in partnership with Liverpool City Council, will be announced in July.
National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic. We attract more than 2.7m visitors every year. Our venues are World Museum, Museum of Liverpool, the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Border Force National Museum, Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery.