EVENT: The British Academy – The Race Relations Act @ 50

Posted February 11th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Convenors: Dr Iyiola Solanke, University of Leeds, and Mr Patrick Maddams, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

It is now 50 years since the introduction of the first Race Relations Act in 1965. Race relations in Britain have come a very long way since cases like the Scala Ballroom and the Smethwick by-election of 1964. There is much room for celebration – Britain is arguably the EU member state to have made the greatest strides towards racial equality in many professions – from the police to politics. Yet there is also plenty upon which to reflect: the last 50 years have included the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence. Police are 28 times more likely to stop and search black men: yet less than 3% of stops lead to an arrest. Employment agencies no longer accept ‘discriminatory vacancies’ but unemployment levels for Black Britons are much higher than their white peers – in 2011, 39.1% of black women aged 16-24 were unemployed. 2015 offers a unique moment to reflect upon legal action to prevent and remedy racial discrimination, as well as think forward and consider what may need to be done to continue this work successfully until 2065.

Speakers include:
Mr Paul Abbey, First Aliance Finland
Professor Diamond Ashiagbor, School of Oriental and African Studies
Dr Ama Biney, Fahamu
Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC, Bindmans LLP
Ms Althea Brown, Doughty Chambers
Ms Rita Chadha RAMFEL
Dr Colm O’Cinneide, University College London
Mr Joseph Harker, The Guardian
Mr Stephen Keevash, Employment Tribunal, Leeds
Professor Charles Lawrence, University of Hawaii
Professor Mari Matsuda, University of Hawai’i
Professor Aileen McColgan, Kings College London
Ms Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers
Mr Claude Moraes MEP, European Parliament
Dr Suryia Nayak, University of Salford
Professor Kumea Shorter-Gooden, University of Maryland
Dr Shirley Tate, University of Leeds
Ms Louise Whitfield, Deighton Pierce Glynn LLP’

Date: 9th & 10th July 2015, 9.30am – 5.00pm

Location: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Charge: For this two-day conference, a registration fee of £50 is payable in advance at the time of booking. There is a reduced fee of £20 for the unwaged/retired and for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

More information can be found here.