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Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation - Screening & discussion event

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Curzon Building (Birmingham City University)

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Please join us for the screening and discussion of Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the publication of The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry (The Macpherson Report) of 1999, following the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence and initial failed police investigation. The Macpherson Report identified the issue of “institutionalised racism” within the Metropolitan Police force and within other such public and private institutions, suggesting institutional racism can be determined through,

“…[the] collective failure of an organisation to provide appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture, or ethnic origin. It can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness, and racist stereotyping which disadvantage minority ethnic people." [Macpherson of Cluny, William, Sir; The Stephen Lawrence inquiry: report of an inquiry by Sir William Macpherson of Cluny. Great Britain. Home Office. London: Stationery Office, 1999]

The panel, which includes guest speakers Dr. Kennetta Hammond Perry (Director of Stephen Lawrence Research Centre, DeMontfort University, Leicester), Craig Pinkney (PhD researcher and Lecturer in Criminology at University College Birmingham), Alison Cope (anti-knife crime campaigner) and Ian Sergeant (curator and PhD researcher), aims to raise awareness of Stephen’s death, and the repercussions of the Macpherson report in shedding light on the police force and other public institutions labelled as “institutionally racist.”

The discussion also relates to the current wider issue of knife crime and the focus on black youth as the main culprits of carrying out such attacks, which has been recently questioned by evidence produced by The Guardian columnist, Gary Younge.

Schedule of events:

Welcome: 6 pm

Screening of episode 3 of the BBC One documentary ‘Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation - Corruption and Conviction’ (58 mins): 7 pm [PLEASE NOTE: The screening contains some distressing and upsetting scenes, and access will be limited to persons 15 and over]

Discussion: 8 – 8:45 pm




This event is curated by Ian Sergeant and organised by the International Curators Forum (ICF) as part of a wider ICF project inspired by Professor Stuart Hall that explores ideas of race and cultural representation as articulated in and developed since the Macpherson Report through visual arts practices and discourse. This event is presented in partnership with The Stephen Lawrence Research Centre, DeMontfort University, Leicester.

Ian Sergeant has an MA in Contemporary Curatorial Practice from the School of Art, Birmingham City University, recent curated exhibitions include, Reimaging Donald Rodney exploring the digital embodiment and rich legacy of the late Black British artist Donald Rodney. He is a director of performing and visual arts organisation Kalaboration, artist led exhibition space Ort Gallery. He is a PhD research student at Birmingham City University, his practice-led research is focused on the Visual Representations and Cultural (Re) Constructions of Black British Masculinity in 21st Century Birmingham.

Special thanks to Birmingham City University, School of Media and Arts Humanities Research Council.

Image: Courtesy Getty Images/AFP.

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