I was privileged to be invited to a conference held last week by Dean Pusey on behalf of CMEAC.
This youth work conference considered how the legacies of slavery in all its forms are still impacting young people of African and Caribbean heritage today.
Much of the conference focused on the telling of the story. I was devastated as I heard story after story of what it is like to grow up as a person of colour in Britain. Experiences infrastructural racism, low self esteem and lack of opportunity to contribute to institutional structures, including the church.
Since the conference I’ve been trying to live with the story which has been tough, but obviously not even close to how tough it would be if it were my story.
More detailed reflections to follow.