'Injustice Should be everyones problem, not just the few.'
The Young Mayors Team stand firmly on the principle that 'Injustice should be everyones problem, not just the few.' Lewisham has a strong history of fighting against racism and fascism! Now more than ever before it's important to inform the current and future generations of why calling out injustice is necessary. As a youth democracy project we build on the core values of youth work, democracy and anti-racism activism to engage young people and the wider community in collaborative pro-active campaigns. With this page we hope to share the ongoing work and activism organisations and individuals are doing to eradicate racism and bigotry in our society.
Knowledge is Key
With information readily available to many of us we thought it would be helpful to collate some anti-racism resources you could use to form your own knowledge and work towards a more inclusive just society.
TV Shows, Movies and Documentaries
Arguably one of the most important documentaries in released in the last 10 years, Filmmaker, activist and visionary Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.
Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.
BOOKS, BoOks, BOoks!
The Sunday Times bestseller that reveals the uncomfortable truth about race and identity in Britain todayYou’re British. Your parents are British. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British. So why do people keep asking where you’re from? ...
In this rousing and deeply empathetic book, Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracism Research and Policy Center, shows that when it comes to racism, neutrality is not an option: until we become part of the solution, we can only be part of the problem.
What is the meaning of freedom?
Angela Y. Davis' life and work have been dedicated to examining this fundamental question and to ending all forms of oppression that deny people their political, cultural, and sexual freedom. In this collection of twelve searing, previously unpublished speeches, Davis confronts the interconnected issues of power, race, gender, class, incarceration, conservatism, and the ongoing need for social change.