On May 25, 2020, George Floyd became one of around 1,000 people killed by American police annually. In the year following, organisers across the globe led anti-racist marches in solidarity with those protesting for Black Lives Matter on the ground in Minneapolis. Londoners took to Trafalgar Square in their thousands for a peaceful protest, kneeling for Floyd and staging a sit in at the U.S. Embassy.
Elsewhere, millions voiced their support using the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag on social media, with many sharing posts to urge friends, family, and followers to join them in speaking out against the racial injustice experienced by the Black community worldwide.
One year on, the Black Lives Matter movement continues to be a much-needed force for change. There is work still to be done, and it will require anti-racist allies to educate themselves on the issues, speak up where they see injustice, and give their time and money to causes that make a difference.
While speaking out online can be a powerful form of activism, bringing the sentiments shared on social media into our daily lives is the only way to enact real change and take steps towards creating the safe space that Black people everywhere are entitled to. This change begins by looking closer to home, listening to the Black stories in our communities and standing for progress and inclusivity where we live.
It’s impossible to produce an exhaustive list of resources that speak to the Black British experience of today and highlight that of the past. If podcasts are your preferred method of learning, the below episodes, series, and one-off segments are a starting point for continued education, allyship, and action.
Racism & Anti-Racist Activism In The UK Today
Activists, writers, journalists, and more discuss the current state of racism in the UK, exploring what is – and isn’t – being done to eradicate it, and where we as allies can do more
- The long lasting racist impact of the British Empire (from 'Brit(ish)')
- Akala: race and class in the ruins of empire (from Joe’s ‘Unfiltered with James O’Brien’)
- June Sarpong talks diversity and the British class system (from Joe’s ‘Unfiltered with James O’Brien’)
- Episodes from ‘Ways To Change The World’ by Channel 4
- Ghetts on black British artists, gang violence & the evolution of grime
- George The Poet on youth violence, representations and limitations of government
- Munroe Bergdorf on racism, trans activism and acceptance
These episodes and series look back at the Black British experience through history, celebrating the activists responsible for the progress made up to this point and reflecting on the collective and individual trauma Black people in Britain have endured. They also cover Britain's colonial past and its 21st Century repercussions, including the Windrush Scandal.
Black British History – Series
- Witness Black History (BBC World Service)
- The Black Curriculum
- In Search Of Black History with Bonnie Greer
Britain's Colonial Past & Legacy – Episodes & Audio Documentaries
- We Need To Talk About The British Empire (Afua Hirsch for Audible)
Windrush – Episodes
In 2018, the Home Office wrongly deported at least 83 people from the UK. Many more were unlawfully detained, threatened with deportation, and denied legal rights. The below episodes highlight the devastation caused by the Windrush Scandal up to this point, as well as the continued impact the UK government’s actions has on Black families across the country.
- Why The Windrush Scandal Was No Accident (from ‘The British Dream’ by VICE)
- What does Windrush mean now? (from ‘Beyond Today’ by BBC Radio 4)
- The Windrush generation (from ‘History Extra’ by Immediate Media)
- The British Black Panthers (from ‘Archive on 4’ by BBC Radio 4)
- Black British History (from BBC Radio 3)
- gal-dem's Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff and Leah Cowan on Windrush women and Britain's Black Power movement (from ‘History Becomes Her’ by Mashable)
Self-care, career, finance – these podcasts about daily life as a Black person in the UK are as much about joy as they are the struggles faced and trials overcome.
- The Receipts Podcast
- Rice At Home
- Byooti Podcast
- Over The Bridge Podcast
- The Sista Collective (by BBC Radio 5 Live)
- Growing up with gal-dem
- No Country For Young Women (by BBC Radio)
- WHOLE TRUTH with Jordan Stephens (by Spirit Media)
- Busy Being Black (by W!ZARD STUDIOS)
- The Adzvice Podcast
- Yellow Cup Podcast
- Have You Heard George's Podcast? (by BBC Radio)
- Black Scot Pod
- Goal Diggers
- Brunch & Bantu Knots
Popular culture through a Black lens, featuring interviews with creators, in depth analysis, and recommendations for your Watch/Read/Listen List.
- Black Gals Livin’
- 2 Queens In A Pod
- Slay In Your Lane The Podcast
- Your Aunties Could Never (by The British Blacklist)
- TBB Talks (by The British Blacklist)
- This Thing Changed My Life
- Mostly Lit
- Her Style Secrets
Further resources for self-education:
- Click here for a list of books about race in Britain to build an anti-racist reading list.
- Click here to learn about Black British LGBTQ heroes that should be recognised during Pride and beyond.
- Click here for a list of essays on racism and police violence.
Contributions from Sam Ramsden.
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