Fifty Years On: The Mangrove Nine Protest by Ruby Koopman

The 9 th August 2020 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Mangrove Restaurant protest; this however was more than just a “restaurant”- the Mangrove was an important hub for the Black community, a regular meeting spot for Black intellectuals and activists. The peaceful protest in London’s Notting Hill was as a result of the constantContinue reading “Fifty Years On: The Mangrove Nine Protest by Ruby Koopman”

Why we need a move towards a Transformative Justice framework within schools by Ife Thompson

In the absence of government-led reforms to the current racist, chaotic and unregulated state of the Schools exclusion system we have in the UK, we are calling for a school-led change to supporting young people.  We at BLAM UK are calling on schools to channel their energy into less punitive approaches that will, in turn,Continue reading “Why we need a move towards a Transformative Justice framework within schools by Ife Thompson”

Black Geographies: Mapping Political Movements By Malaika Laing-Grant

In my previous article, I briefly touched on the evolution of Black Geographies, as well as some of the prominent thematic areas within the Black Geographies scholarship, including space‐making, and the Black geographic imagination. Here, I investigate the relationship between geographic regions and black political movements as a core and inextricable element of the BlackContinue reading “Black Geographies: Mapping Political Movements By Malaika Laing-Grant”

OFQUAL’S STANDARDISATION PROCESS IS DISCRIMINATORY and CLASSIST

BLAM UK is an educational and advocacy not-for-profit This week, A-Level, BTEC and other higher education qualification grades were released by Ofqual (the UK regulatory body for exams and qualifications) prompting a public outcry over downgrading. At the sharpest end of this are multiracial working-class pupils in attendance at comprehensive schools in historically underfunded areas,Continue reading “OFQUAL’S STANDARDISATION PROCESS IS DISCRIMINATORY and CLASSIST”

Why The Black Lives Matter Movement Matters to Me ( BLAM UK Essay Competition) By Sarah Fowler Aged-13

The Black Lives Matter movement. What is it? How is it interpreted? How is it important? How does it relate to problems like police brutality? And how does it affect the lives of black people, young and old? In this essay, we will address these questions and the importance of the movement to me. TheContinue reading “Why The Black Lives Matter Movement Matters to Me ( BLAM UK Essay Competition) By Sarah Fowler Aged-13”

Why The Black Lives Matter Movement Matters to Me ( BLAM UK Essay Competition) By Tapiwa Chingati-Phiri Aged-16

I am the future. A way maker and a change maker. So, I owe it to my ancestors, my younger self and my legacy that I kneel with the movement, that I stand with the movement and that I march with the movement to fight for our rights.   To me, the Black Lives MatterContinue reading “Why The Black Lives Matter Movement Matters to Me ( BLAM UK Essay Competition) By Tapiwa Chingati-Phiri Aged-16”

Black Spatial Agency Matters: The Rise of Black Geographies By Malaika Laing-Grant

There is an unequivocal push to shed light on the deepening racial divides that continue to underpin the Black experience in the 21st Century. Black liberation movements around the world, from the bustling streets of London to the southeastern coasts of Jamaica, have brought the importance of blackness to the fore. Not only as aContinue reading “Black Spatial Agency Matters: The Rise of Black Geographies By Malaika Laing-Grant”