The Uncomfortable Conversation: Talking about Race in Cornwall

On the 31st October, 2020 we were joined by a panel of guest speakers and guided through some topics that we hope will be insightful and educational – How is it to grow up in Cornwall as a person of colour? How has creative action helped to raise awareness about the Black Lives Matter movement? In what ways may white people be subconsciously creating problems?

We also went through some of the current language that is being used and offer definitions for some of the terms and expressions in use when people talk about race and racism.

​Our speakers for the event;

Abi Hutchinson – Abi is a recent graduate from University of the Arts London. She is one of the founding members of Black Voices Cornwall and is the Cultural Director for the organisation. Abi is the co-host of the event.

​Mary Mawonera – Mary is an ordained minister with a background in Marketing, public relations sales management. She is a qualified teacher with PGCE and a Masters in Education, currently exploring Neuroscience and Neurocycology.

​Jones Oviawe – Jones is a Falmouth resident who grew up in East London. He is Founder of Cornish based Start Up; Money Story. Jones is passionate about developing people, finding purpose and entrepreneurship.

​Dr Misri Dey – Misri is a Senior Lecturer at Falmouth University, and works for equality, creativity and hope through her pedagogical, cultural and political activism.

​Marcus Alleyne – Marcus is an internationally recognised conductor and founder of South West Philharmonia and Chorus, working with choirs, orchestras and theatre companies across the UK. He is one of the founder members of Black Voices Cornwall and a former Royal Naval Medical Officer. He sits on a number of Diversity and inclusion panels including ITV, Cornwall Council BAME Steering Group and the Devon and Cornwall Scrutiny Panel.

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