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Thursday February 24 2022, 7pm GMT

From Africa to the Americas: The Landmark Sites of Slavery, Resistance and Civil Rights

History &
Social Policy

Between 1500 and 1866, 12.5 million enslaved Africans were transported by ship from Africa to the Americas as part of the Middle Passage crossing. Some 1.8 million of them died, their bodies thrown into the Atlantic, while the others who survived undertook journeys of misery and terror – chained together, starved, and surrounded by disease, to be sold into slavery and forced to work in brutal, dehumanising conditions. The slave mutinies that took place on these ships were the beginning of a long history of Black resistance.

On February 24, the World Monuments Fund in partnership with Intelligence Squared will bring together a panel of experts to explore key sites in Black history and illustrate the pivotal role heritage can play in teaching us about underrepresented narratives from the past.

We will begin our journey by examining buildings connected to slavery across Africa and the Caribbean, focusing on the ports, trading posts, and slave forts that were the starting points of the transatlantic slave trade. Moving forward in time we will discuss the struggle for emancipation, highlighting lesser known sites where newly freed slaves took refuge. Our trajectory will end with the landmark places in Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma and across the Black Belt in the U.S. that stood at the heart of the civil rights movement. These include churches and a barber shop where historic meetings took place between representatives of the Black and white populations of Montgomery in the beginning of the civil rights era.

Join us as we unlock the stories associated with these historic buildings and their importance in ensuring that the long struggle for racial equality is never forgotten.

Event Name

From Africa to the Americas: The Landmark Sites of Slavery, Resistance and Civil Rights



Speakers
  • Alberta Whittle

    Barbadian-Scottish artist, researcher, and curator

  • Bonnie Greer

    Author, playwright and broadcaster

  • John Darlington

    Executive Director at WMF Britain

Chair
  • Yassmin Abdel-Magied

    Writer and broadcaster

Remaining speakers to be announced

Location
  • Church House
  • Great Smith Street,
  • Westminster,
  • London,
  • SW1P 3NZ
Time
  • Thursday 24 February 2022
  • 7pm to 8pm GMT



Speakers

Speakers

Alberta Whittle

Barbadian-Scottish artist, researcher, and curator


Barbadian-Scottish artist, researcher, and curator. She works across media: film, sculpture, print, installation and performance. She was the winner of the Margaret Tait Award in 2018, winner of the Frieze Artist Award in 2020, received a Turner Prize bursary in 2020, and will represent Scotland at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2022.

Bonnie Greer

Author, playwright and broadcaster


Author, playwright and broadcaster. Her plays have been produced on the BBC and in the West End. She was Deputy Chairman of the British Museum’s Board of Trustees and is former Chancellor of Kingston University. She is an Honorary Doctor of Writing from Kingston, and an Honorary Doctor of Drama from The Royal Glasgow Conservatoire.

John Darlington

Executive Director at WMF Britain


Archaeologist and author. He joined World Monuments Fund Britain (WMF) in 2015 as Executive Director. Previously, he led projects for the UK’s National Trust focused on historic mansions, gardens and landscapes across North West England. He also served as County Archaeologist for Lancashire and is a specialist in medieval towns and landscapes, castles and abbeys. He runs WMF conservation projects in various north African countries and in the Caribbean.
Chair

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Writer and broadcaster


Broadcaster, writer and social advocate. She is author of You Must Be Layla and the critically acclaimed essays It's Not About The Burqa and The New Daughters of Africa.
Remaining speakers to be announced