Forgotten Sacrifice Webinar – How can we remember the Black and Asian soldiers of the Second World War? : 29 Oct, ONLINE

October 29, 2020 | 12:15 pm 1:30 pm

Britain’s shared history, and how it is remembered, has often been at the centre of recent ‘culture war’ public debates about identity and race this year. Yet discussing and engaging with our history can unite, as well as divide us.

The armies that fought and won the Second World War resembled the Britain of today much more than that of 1945 in their ethnicity and faith, thanks to the enormous contribution of Black and Asian soldiers. Yet only in recent years has the service and sacrifice of soldiers from India, Africa and across the Commonwealth begun to get the recognition that it merits.

This webinar brings together expert voices on history, education and race to discuss how we in Britain can remember this shared history and mark this forgotten sacrifice.

Join us as we mark the beginning of the Remember Together campaign and the end of Black History Month and ask our panel:

  • What more can be done to better commemorate, teach and document this history we all share, including the huge contribution made by Commonwealth soldiers in the Second World War?
  • How can we engage with the complexity and controversies of the history of the British Empire and its legacies in an open and constructive way?

Panellists include:

  • Patrick Vernon OBE,  Activist, author and founder of 100 Great Black Britons Campaign
  • Katharine Birbalsingh CBE, Education reformer and co-founder of Michaela Community School
  • Zehra Zaidi, Founder of ‘We Too Built Britain’ Campaign
  • Daniel Todman, Professor of Modern History and Head of History Dept at Queen Mary University
  • Sunder Katwala (Chair), Director of British Future

Date & Time: Thursday 29th October 12.15 – 1.30 PM

Access: Sign up to the webinar here . This event will also be live-streamed on our Youtube page, where you will be able to access the recording after.

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