Bedford campaigner creates ‘how to be anti-racist’ events for all

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A campaigner from Bedford has created a series of online talks, discussions and Q&A’s, designed to help people understand racism and take an anti-racist stance.

Through her ‘Speak On’ series, Yolanda Copes-Stepney has organised 10 sessions to create discussions on how people can be anti-racist and raise greater awareness of systemic racism.

“I’ve pulled together a programme that is educational, supportive & helps you go beyond posting a black square and become a true ally to anti-racism,” says Yolanda.

“Racism is crap, so let’s find a way to defeat it together.”

Yolanda Copes-Stepney
Yolanda Copes-Stepney

Subjects being tackled range from how to talk to children about racism, to learning how best to support your mixed-race child with their identity.

Sessions will also look at how the national curriculum can support better education around slavery and the British Empire, and what white privilege is and to face up to it.

There will also be supportive sessions designed to help people process some of the shocking images associated with racism that they may have seen online.

To find out more about the session and to book your place, head to eventbrite. You can also find out more about Speak On and their other events at

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Black Lives Matter

The subject of racism, and being anti-racist has made headlines around the world following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis on 25 May.

Protests against police brutality in all forms and systemic racism in day-to-day life followed, highlighting the Black Lives Matter movement and raising awareness of everyday racism.

Read: Special Report: Bedford’s Black community speaks “racism is everyone’s issue”

A number of peaceful protests were organised in Bedford with hundreds attending to show their support for anti-racism.

Read: Another peaceful BLM protest as organisers look at long-term plans

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