Black Lives Matter UK: Where does the message end and the movement begin?

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Black Lives Matter UK: Where does the message end and the movement begin?

14th July 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The recent Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations in the UK, following the police homicide of George Floyd on 25 May 2020 in the US state of Minnesota, have thrust issues such as trust and confidence in British public institutions into the spotlight. But messaging around the issue of black lives has become intertwined with the nature of the UK BLM movement itself, as the process has also brought its core objectives to public attention.

Moving away from both academic and non-academic tendencies to treat the UK’s black people as a single-voice, monolithic bloc, HJS is delighted to invite you to this topical event which will look at the messaging around Black Lives Matter as well as the movement itself and its social impact.

Along with exploring public attitudes towards the British political system and the police within the UK’s diverse black communities – and vice versa – there will be a broader discussion on the factors which have caused many to question where the message of Black Lives Matter ends, and the real BLM UK movement begins.



Trevor Phillips is a writer and television producer. He is the co-founder of the data analytics consultancy Webber Phillips, and Chairman of Green Park Interim and Executive Search.

He is the Chairman of the global freedom of expression campaign charity Index on Censorship; a Senior Fellow at the Policy Exchange think tank; and a Vice-President of the Royal Television Society. 

He was the President of the John Lewis Partnership Council until 2018, and founding chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.


Dr Remi Adekoya is a writer and political scientist at Sheffield University interested in the politics of identity and in political economy. He also holds degrees in Law and Public Relations.

He has written on socio-political issues for The Guardian, SpectatorWashington PostForeign PolicyForeign AffairsPolitico, UnHerd and Standpoint magazine, among others. He has provided socio-political analysis and commentary for BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), African International Television (AIT), Radio France International and Geopolitical Intelligence Services (GIS).

Mercy Muroki is a senior researcher at the Centre for Social Justice and conservative commentator currently studying a Master’s in Social Policy at the University of Oxford. She is a regular contributor to Times Red Box, where she writes on issues of identity and disadvantage, and also makes frequent appearances on Sky News and various radio programmes. 


Dr Rakib Ehsan is a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society.



14th July 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


United Kingdom


Henry Jackson Society
+44 (0) 20 7340 4520


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