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What White People Can Do Next : From Allyship to Coalition – Emma Dabiri in conversation with Mikaela Loach

Thursday April 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm BST

Due to high demand for this event, we have released an extra batch of tickets including book plus entry, solidarity tickets and free RSVPs. Please see below. (Updated 6th April 2021)


The Black Feminist Bookshop and Housmans are very pleased to announce a joint event to celebrate the publication of academic and broadcaster Emma Dabiri’s new book What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition (published by Penguin).

What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition is a manifesto for meaningful and lasting change born from the need to talk about racial injustice in a new way. It is a nuanced examination of race, class and capitalism drawn from years of academic study and lived experience, as well as personal reflections.

Emma will be in conversation with climate justice and antiracism activist Mikaela Loach. They will discuss some of the key aspects of What White People Can Do Next: the concept of “race” as one of the most powerful, seductive and enduring myths of our time, created to cause division; the origins of ‘whiteness’ and why the myth of a codified ‘white’ race and ‘white supremacy’ was created in the first place. What White People Can Do Next moves the conversation on from the well-intentioned, yet often mis-informed, world of Instagram posts and online outrage and asks not for ‘allyship’, or ‘privilege’ passing, but for a coalition of common goals.


Emma Dabiri is an Irish-Nigerian academic, activist, broadcaster and teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS and a Visual Sociology PhD researcher at Goldsmiths. Her 2019 debut Don’t Touch My Hair, (Penguin) was an Irish Times Bestseller and published to critical and commercial acclaim. The book also inspired a national conversation about race and hair and has led to changing regulations in schools and in the British army. A regular broadcaster on the BBC, Emma presented ‘Back in Time Brixton’ (BBC2), ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ (BBC4), as well as the sociological experiment ‘Is Love Racist?’ (Ch4). Most recently, she hosted Radio 4’s critically-acclaimed documentary ‘Journeys into Afro-futurism’.

Mikaela Loach is a climate justice activist, co-host of The Yikes Podcast, writer and 4th year medical student based in Edinburgh. In 2020, Forbes, Global Citizen and BBC Woman’s Hour named Mikaela as one of the most influential women in the UK climate movement. Her work focuses on making the climate movement more inclusive and focusing on the intersections of the climate crisis with oppressive systems such as white supremacy and migrant injustices. Her activism has been featured in the BBC, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle and VICE. She uses her Instagram platform and The Yikes Podcast to communicate the need for system change, climate justice and dismantling white supremacy.


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There are three available tickets for this event: if you’d like a copy of the book then choose the book plus entry ticket. If you’d like to support the Black Feminist Bookshop and Housmans then please consider buying a solidarity ticket at £3. There’s also a free access ticket for students and unwaged comrades.


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