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Race Relations legislation – 50 years on

UoPportraitPUR300dpiAs part of Equality and Diversity “Hot Topics” programme we will be presenting a session looking at the Race Relations legislation 50 years on from its inception. The session will be in the form of a short film presentation that examines how far have we come and what impact has legislation made?

The Race Relations Act 1976 was established to prevent discrimination on the grounds of race. The Act also established the Commission for Racial Equality to review the legislation and make sure it was followed. The Act incorporated previous race relations legislation and was amended most notably in 2000 in order to include a statutory duty on public bodies to promote race equality and to demonstrate effective procedures to prevent race discrimination. The Act was repealed by the Equality Act 2010, which supersedes and consolidates previous discrimination law in the UK.

Benjamin Zephaniah’s short piece for BBC Newsnight provides us with an illuminating introduction to the subject and is followed by the powerful documentary “Making Waves” which marks 40 years on after the 1976 Race Relations Act. Interviews with thirteen people from two generations describe their experience of being Black and British. This heritage lottery funded film asks if the ‘waves’ made by one generation have had a positive impact on the next.

To book a place follow the link here.

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