Memory and Consciousness

Memory and Consciousness
14:45 - 16:15 Saturday 14th September Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall

‘History was distorted deliberately in particular ways and that legacy is still with us’ – Akala. What is the importance of preserving cultural history? How is what was taken during slavery and empire retraced and restored? Do our memories of the past affect our collective consciousness? And, who decides where and how black cultural memory is curated and preserved today?

Chair: Ed Keazar

Ed Emeka Keazor is an historian, lawyer, author and documentary filmmaker.His books include ‘120 Great Nigerians You Never Knew’ and ‘The Nigerian History Photo-book’. His film ‘Onunaekwuluora’, on archaeologist Professor Thurstan Shaw, documents Shaw’s uncovering of Igbo-Ukwu artworks that proved the Igbo people had created complex works of art 1000 years ago. In 2014, he received an award for his work on African history from The African Society of Cambridge University.


Rapper, journalist, author, vegan, activist, poet, political activist and public intellectual: Akala wears his many (still peaked) hats with pride. His bestselling book Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire is part polemic and part biography, taking his own experiences and applying history and data to explore the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today.

Professor Abosede George

Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies whose research explores the urban history of Africa, the history of childhood and youth in Africa, and the study of women, gender, and sexuality in African History. She is currently at work on The Ekopolitan Project, a digital archive of family history sources on migrant communities in nineteenth- and twentieth century Lagos, West Africa.

Dr Angelina Osborne

Is an independent researcher and lecturer. She received her PhD in History from the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull.

Her research focuses on the politics of slavery and emancipation and the history of community and education activism. 

David Killingray

David Killingray’s most recent book on African soldiers the British colonial forces begins as follows: ‘These men, and a very few women, have not been given the attention that they deserve in the historical literature’. Currently Emeritus Professor of History at Goldsmiths College, David Killingray’s scholarship of the presence of black people in
Britain is world-renowned.

Patrick Vernon OBE

Patrick Vernon OBE is a cultural historian and founder of Every Generation and the 100 Great Black Britons campaign. He also played a key role in campaigning for the Windrush Generation. He is a Clore and Winston Churchill Fellow, fellow at the Imperial War Museum and fellow of Royal Historical Society to name a few.

He was the first director of Black Thrive, a mental-health multi agency tackling mental health in Lambeth and he is a former member of the Labour and the Coalition Government Ministerial Advisory for Mental Health. Patrick is a former councillor in Hackney between 2006- 2014 and was appointed by Jeremy Corbyn as Race Equalities Adviser to Shadow Equalities Ministerial Team between 2015 and 2017.

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