In May the death of a Black man, George Floyd at the hands of police in the US led to widespread protests across the world. This brought the Black Lives Matter movement into stark awareness. In the wake of growing protests, many people, particularly in the UK, have been asking where are the Black-led church leaders? What are they saying? What are their responses to the inequality and injustices being meted out to Black people?
Six months on, three of the leading Black-led churches in the UK, the Church of God of Prophecy (UK), the New Testament Church of God and the New Testament Assembly have joined forces with The University of the West Indies to launch a year-long project covering, History, Heritage and Identity.
It will begin with a virtual Symposium to be held on 12 November. The brainchild of Bishops Wilton and Tedroy Powell of the Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP), it’s come on the back of the public announcement from the Church of England’s Racism Action Commission on the state of race relations in the UK.
“After listening to the public announcements from the Archbishop of Canterbury on the state of race relations in the UK, we felt the voice of the Afro-Caribbean Churches and Caribbean scholars through The University of the West Indies (UWI) could greatly contribute.” Said, Bishop Tedroy Powell.
Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, the Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission and renowned historian, will deliver the keynote presentation that draws upon the University’s significant body of research and scholars. He will be joined by Professor Donna Hope, a noted UWI academic on Caribbean Culture and Identity and Dr Luz Longsworth, The UWI’s Pro Vice-Chancellor on Global Affairs.
“At a time when the debate on race and social injustice is uppermost in the minds of people in the UK, this is an insightful conversation that The UWI is pleased to lead, and to build bridges through knowledge and understanding to embrace the correct history of slavery, colonialism, struggle and survival in the West Indies”, remarked Dr Longsworth. “It is a compelling story that can inspire the world” she added.
The Symposium is the first stage in a conversation with the Church of England’s leaders as well as those in positions of power at a time when the debate on race is uppermost in the world and the UK.
The media and general public are encouraged to attend this virtual symposium. REGISTER here: