We marked this year’s Black History Month with a series of events combining discussion, lament and celebration.
Following a screening of the powerful film, After the Flood, we had a panel discussion in which students and guests shared their lived experiences and we considered the church’s part, both past and present, in exploitation and racism.
Jamie Davies shared his research on the history of Stoke House, which reveals that it is “beyond reasonable doubt” that our main building was financed by profits from the transatlantic trade in enslaved peoples. Those present said prayers of lamentation in front of the building at the end of the presentation.
In a celebration of music and food from countries and cultures around the world, we shared sweetmeats from Kenya, bubble tea from Taiwan and custard dessert from Brazil, and EJS2BlessNations brought us music from Uganda that had everyone on their feet, dancing and singing along.