Reparations Debate at Maritime Museum

Thought-provoking event at Merseyside Maritime Museum

As part of Black History Month National Museums Liverpool is hosting a public debate on the subject of reparations to the continent of Africa and the African diaspora. The free event takes place from 1730 hours until 2000 hours on Thursday 11 October 2007 at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

David Fleming, director of National Museums Liverpool, is chairing the debate which includes presentations from Esther Stanford (community law educational practitioner consultant and scholar activist in jurisprudence) and Dorothy Kuya (co-opted trustee of National Museums Liverpool and member of the International Slavery Museum council).

Stanford will provide an overview of the International Movement for Afrikan Reparations by giving concrete examples of what the vision of a post-reparations world order could look like. Stanford will also explore the various legal and policy approaches to reparations and update the audience on the progress that is being made in the UK and internationally.

Kuya will explore the African Reparation Movement UK (ARM UK) and its role in developing a movement around the issue of reparations. She will discuss the relevance of the first pan-African conference on reparations, which was held in Abuja, Nigeria in April 1993.

Kuya will argue that reparations should repair damage done to Africa and its people (including those in the African Diaspora), during the slave trade and colonisation. She will explore the claim that the British transatlantic slave trade was abolished 200 years ago and consider the evidence that British ships continued to trade in kidnapped Africans long after the Abolition Act of 1807.

For members of the public to book their free place please contact Lizzy Rodgers on 0151 478 4543

Link to International Slavery Museum