UK Black History Month Discussion Guides

If the cause is racism, the solution can’t be mere diversity training. We need to talk honestly about race, and racism, however difficult those conversations will be - Dr Omar Khan, former director of the Runnymede Trust

The resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement was might have been triggered by events in the U.S., but it stirred up strong emotions in the UK and saw British folk escalating their fight for racial equality, too. Companies and leaders are being held to higher standards. Employees want their businesses to take meaningful action and engage in difficult conversations about racism.

To recognize Black History Month in the UK, we created these discussion guides to help teams have deeper conversations about the Black British experience and racism in the UK. Each discussion guide is focused on a resource that participants can watch, read or listen to before coming together with their colleagues to ponder over thought-provoking questions.

Our discussion guides are designed to get people to get more comfortable talking about subjects we might have traditionally avoided. If your team finds these helpful or if you have any feedback for us, get in touch with us here.

Reni Eddo-Lodge on systemic racism in the UK

This discussion guide is on bestselling author Reni Eddo-Lodge's interview with Emma Watson on systemic racism in the UK.

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Afua Hirsch on The Question

This discussion guide addresses Afua Hirsch's thoughts on minorities being asked The Question, "where are you from?".

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George the Poet on youth violence, representation and the limitations of government

This discussion guide tackles award-winning podcaster George the Poet's thoughts on class, race and representation in the UK.

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