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Black Feminist Week: What is Black Feminism in Britain?
Tuesday July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Black Feminist Week is a week-long event (12th July to 19th July) organised by the Black Feminist Bookshop (a radical space of resistance, sisterhood and community).
Black feminism – born out of the experiences of Black women – gives us a diverse understanding of social, cultural and political thinking; helps us to unapologetically and intentionally carve out spaces for marginalised voices; and shows us how to build a community from a place of resistance. In offering a radical perspective on resistance, resilience and perseverance, Black Feminism, ultimately, gives us the political, cultural and social revolutionary thinking we need to create an equitable, kinder, empathetic society not only for Black women but for everyone who experiences marginalisation and oppression.
But what does this look like from a British perspective? Join us for a panel discussion with three contemporary Black British feminists to answer the question, “What is Black feminism in Britain?”:
Chaired by Jade Bentil, panellists Aviah Sarah Day, Emma Dabiri and Chloe Filani, will discuss activism, literature and being a Black feminist in Britain today. In (re)focusing the conversation on to the UK, we can (re)start to mobilise towards a Black British feminist future.
Jade Bentil is a London-based Black Feminist Historian, public speaker and writer. Her scholarship centres the experiences of women of African descent and their long histories of Black feminist activism. Find her on Twitter @divanificent.
Aviah Sarah Day is a member of the East End branch of Sisters Uncut – a national, feminist direct action group fighting cuts to domestic violence services.She has recently completed her her PhD titled “Partnership and Power: Domestic Violence, the Women’s Sector and the Criminal Justice System”. She also has several years worth of experience in a range of front line domestic violence services. Aviah is currently researching and campaigning against the increased criminalisation of survivors of domestic violence. Find her on Twitter: @Aviah_Sarah_Day.
Emma Dabiri is a presenter, teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS and a Visual Sociology PhD researcher at Goldsmiths. She has been published in a number of anthologies and academic journals, as well as in the national press. She is the author of the book, Don’t Touch My Hair. The Observer named Emma as one of 2019’s “rising stars to watch”. You can find her on Twitter and on Instagram: @EmmaDabiri.
Chloe Filani is a Black feminist, Poet, Performance artist and Public Speaker and workshop facilitator. Working with my lived experiences and the broader themes of identity and power structures. Dealing with ideas of precolonial African trans femme ancestors as stories. She has performed at Tate Britain at a Late at Tate. Spoken at UAL feminist society, Women of the world festival with BLACK LIVES MATTER at women of the world festival. You can find her on Instagram: @1.chloe.f.
The Black Feminist Bookshop: Against a backdrop of oppression, marginalisation and discrimination, Black women experience mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression at a higher rate than any other ethnic group. The @blackfeministbookshop is a Black queer woman’s response to the need for a safe and welcoming space where Black women and girls can explore and discuss literary works that centre and reflect the Black female experience. A radical space of resistance, sisterhood and community for Black women and girls, it will also be a place for everyone who supports the wellbeing of Black women and girls, and is committed to transformative social change – one book at a time.
Black Feminist Week: a week-long event (re)focusing on Black feminism in the UK. Activists, organisers, communities and allies come together to highlight and celebrate Black feminist literature, thought, knowledge and history and to (re)imagine a Black British feminist future.
For Black Feminist Week, Housmans is giving a 20% discount on Black feminist books. (See in-store for details). Please bring your pre-loved Black Feminist books to donate to the Black Feminist Bookshop. Books to donate: Black feminist books (and books written by Black women in general), feminist books by women of colour and books by QTIPOC (queer, trans and intersex people of colour). Books written for children and young people of colour of all genders.
Tickets available here
Please note that tickets for the event are £4 + booking fee OR £6 + booking fee which will also allow you entry to the Black Feminist launch event “In conversation with Stella Dadzie” (Friday 12th of July, 7pm)
There is a limited amount of both tickets.
Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Imkaan, a UK-based Black feminist organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls.
Any Black woman or Black queer person who is unable to pay for a ticket, can email cristina[at]housmans[.]com to be put on the guest list**.
**NB: you can only be put on the guest list for one event. Spaces are limited.
Follow the Black Feminist Bookshop on Instagram here: @blackfeministbookshop
Gender inclusion policy
The Black Feminist Bookshop definition of “women and girls” is trans and intersex inclusive. We welcome all expressions of and identities within Black woman and girlhood. As Black feminists and Black queer feminists, we recognise that all experiences and expressions of womanhood/girlhood are not the same; and we know it is through diversity that we will build communities of resistance.
We are sex worker inclusive.
Accessibility information for Housmans
The door entrance is wide enough for a wheelchair and has no steps. The event will be held on the ground floor. Seating for the event will be portable plastic hard chairs with backs but no arms. There is a non-accessible toilet inside the shop with 2 steps leading to the back section of the shop then 5 steps to the toilet and a fully wheelchair accessible toilet with handrails in the cafe next door which our event attendees have full use of. Both toilets are gender neutral.
The address is: Housmans Radical Booksellers, 5 Caledonian Rd, London N1 9DY. Kings Cross and St Pancras are the nearest stations and they are both fully accessible. The bookshop is a short distance from a multitude of bus stops. To plan your route, see here: https://tfl.gov.uk/
There is no parking nearby.
We are working on getting a BSL interpreter for the events.