The election of Barack Obama as President of the Unites States of America marked the beginning of nation and world-wide celebrations as many rejoiced in witnessing the election of America’s first Black President. More than any other election, Obama’s ascendency to office was seen as testimony to great historical progress America had made from the legacy of slavery and racial inequality, so deeply rooted in its past. As Obama reaches the end of his Office in the White house, could Britain be ready for a Black Prime minster?
Following BBC’s Current Affairs Will Britain Ever Have a Black Prime Minister? – exploring whether the system has obstacles that mean it could be tougher for Black people to make it to Britain’s top professions. And, nationwide celebrations marking this as an era of multiculturalism alongside the continued anti-racist campaigns of Black Lives Matter, join us as we ask what does racial democracy mean in Britain today?
Our panel of experts will explore how much progress has been made in tackling racial inequalities in policy, education, health, policing, and immigration since the Race Relations act 50 years ago and what that means for politics today.
BBC Current Affairs’ Will Britain Ever Have a Black Prime Minster? will broadcast in November 2016, as part of the Black and British season. Find out more: http://bcaheritage.org.uk/bbc-black-and-british-season/