Exploring the role of the 18th Century church in the transatlantic slave trade
On 19 April, the University will screen the premiere of the documentary ‘After the Flood’, which explores the role of the 18th century church in the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the lasting impact of colonialism on modern society. The event is an open invitation to colleagues, students, faith groups and the wider community. The screening is a collaboration between the Directorates of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Social Responsibility and the Movement for Justice and Reconciliation (MJR).
‘After the Flood’ is a new documentary made by the Christian organisation MJR. MJR was established after the multi-ethnic riots in Tottenham and other areas in 2011, as a result of working with local communities.
MJR aims to confront racism and address slavery within the British Christian history. They do this by raising awareness of the legacies of colonial slavery and mass human exploitation with extensive research and make their findings available via educational projects. The research and discussions around these significant historical events help to resolve injustices, promote wellbeing amongst communities and encourage reconciliation.
Professor Dawn Edge has worked with MJR to bring this important documentary and subject matter to the University as an invaluable teaching and learning resource. Dawn explains: “As a Black woman and Christian, I must confess to finding it difficult to reconcile how my faith and the Bible were weaponised by those who enslaved my African forebears in Jamaica. This film offers the opportunity to openly and honestly examine the enduring legacy of colonisation in contemporary society. Such conversations are long overdue. They are the start of a journey to social justice through truth, reconciliation, and reparation.”
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