Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Race Act 40 Exhibition

On Monday, 28th May, I attended the Race Act 40 Exhibition event held at the Wellingborough African Caribbean Association, based in Rock Street.  

Race Act 40 is an oral history project organised by Northamptonshire Rights & Equalities Council, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, exploring historic racism in Wellingborough.  

The two-year project was supported by the excellent contributions of volunteers who were professionally trained to carry out over 40 interviews which will now be archived at the University of Northampton.

The event was formally opened by James Saunders Watson also known as the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire. 

James Saunders Watson, High Sheriff of Northamptonshire.
Suresh Grover, Director of The Monitoring Group, was the Guest Speaker. Suresh Grover has been a Civil Rights Campaigner for over 30 years. He spoke about some of the campaigns beginning in 1976 to the present time.

Suresh Grover, Director of The Monitoring Group.
Seventy nine people attended the event which included displays of Race Act 40's research, and poetry by Tre Ventour, Norma Watson, and Nairobi Thompson. 

Audience Members of RaceAct40 Exhibition.
Here is a link below to my 10 minute radio interview with Suki Somal on BBC Radio Northampton's Mark Dean Show. I come on 12.35 minutes in (approx) although the whole two-hour show is worth listening to. I like the sprinkling of African and Caribbean sounds - reggae, soca and Afro Beats!

My Interview with BBC Radio Northampton

You have 28 days remaining from today to listen, so I urge you to tune in!

I also shared my experience of racism in the workplace at the Race Act 40 event.

Sharing my experience of indirect racism in the workplace and how
I took my case to a Race Relations Act tribunal and won.
Photographs courtesy of Race Act 40.


  1. Lovely interview reflecting on issues that affected Black people back in the day...and still

  2. Thank you for the positive feedback. Yes those back in the day issues are still with us I'm afraid!