How Dr Joy DeGruy’s theory of Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome can help us understand types of Black Trauma

By Vanessa Hutton-Mills Black trauma is defined as psychological, physical and emotional injury from experiencing actual or perceived racism, including overt and covert racism (Carter, 2007). It has been a key feature of many African Diasporic communities, spanning several decades. This trauma has become an intergenerational part of the Black experience, as Black people continueContinue reading “How Dr Joy DeGruy’s theory of Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome can help us understand types of Black Trauma”

Lessons on Windrush: The Lesser-Known Stories Behind the Windrush Scandal

By Christina Vassell On March 2019, Windrush Lessons Learned Review was published. It came almost a year after the highly controversial, almost heinous and yet government sanctioned offences against any group of persons within its borders in recent times.  In short, the Windrush Scandal was and still is, a British political scandal concerning those ofContinue reading “Lessons on Windrush: The Lesser-Known Stories Behind the Windrush Scandal”

BLAM UK’s Condemnation of the UK’s Equality Minister Stance on Critical Race Theory.

BLAM UK is one of the few organisations in the UK ensuring the United Nations International Decade of African Descent is being celebrated and championed in the UK. The UK in 2014 failed to ratify the decade. One such important activity and aim of the decade is that it Urges States to ensure that textbooksContinue reading “BLAM UK’s Condemnation of the UK’s Equality Minister Stance on Critical Race Theory.”

BLAM UK Volunteer Jessica Perera produces a damning report, showing how the exclusions system continues to fail Black Working-Class Students.

Jessica Perera has supported BLAM UK for the past year, as a volunteer school exclusions advocate. She has witnessed first hand how the system unfairly punishes Black students from inner city london who are faced with exclusions. As an advocate, she supported one family who were forced to become part of the PRU( Pupil ReferralContinue reading “BLAM UK Volunteer Jessica Perera produces a damning report, showing how the exclusions system continues to fail Black Working-Class Students.”

Why World Afro Day is Important to us by Destini Bleu

September 15th, 2020 marks the fourth annual World Afro Day. A day which celebrates Afro hair, culture and identity, whilst drawing attention to problems such as hair discrimination and inequality. The key aims of World Afro Day are to spotlight Afro excellence, raise awareness and create normalisation and relating to Afro hair and the educationContinue reading “Why World Afro Day is Important to us by Destini Bleu”

Path to Revolution: The History of Rebellion in Jamaica by Malaika Laing-Grant

Some would contend that the abolition of slavery and the liberation of the wider British Empire, was brought to a natural conclusion due to parliamentary processes and reform, or to the alleged decline in significance for the British economy. For many scholars, this contention is largely a misconception which disregards the fundamental revolutionary processes atContinue reading “Path to Revolution: The History of Rebellion in Jamaica by Malaika Laing-Grant”

Mental Health & Therapy in the Black Community by Tavie-Tiffany Agama

In this short piece Tavie explores the issues that many Black people face in the UK when seeking professional help for their mental health and questions whether the mental health services in this country are doing enough to cater to our needs. “Other people are going through much worse you know?” “Have you been praying/readingContinue reading “Mental Health & Therapy in the Black Community by Tavie-Tiffany Agama”

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”