Our first public lecture on rights and equality of disabled people

Our First Public Lecture on Rights and Equality of Disabled People

Date/Time: Thursday, 3 November 2016 (6.30-9pm)

Venue: Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester’s Disabled Staff Network (DSN) is thrilled to present its first public lecture focussing on the rights and equality of disabled people.

Alf Morris (1928-2012), a proud Mancunian, served as the Labour Co-op MP for Wythenshawe between 1964 and 1997 and was made Baron Morris of Manchester in 1997. During his entire parliamentary career, Alf campaigned tirelessly to challenge the barriers that disabled people face in everyday life. In 1970 he made history by introducing legislation that secured the rights of disabled people! He became the world’s first ever Minister for Disabled People in 1974!

This lecture celebrates Alf’s achievements in transforming the lives of disabled people. The event features a choral performance by the Ad Solem Chamber Choir with the Seashell Trust Signing Choir. This will be followed by the inaugural lecture by The Rt Hon Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson – decorated Paralympian wheelchair racer, Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords since 2010 and a renowned public speaker! There will then be a Q&A session between the audience and a panel of distinguished disabled guests, with the University’s Chancellor Lemn Sissay MBE offering some reflection to close the event. Victoria McDonald from Channel 4 News will be the event’s MC.

The Disabled Staff Network has organised this event in close collaboration with Alf’s family, Mike Kane MP, Manchester Trades Union Council, North West TUC Disability Forum, Manchester City Councillors, the University of Manchester Students’ Union and the University’s Equality and Diversity Team.

Further information

For more information, including the full programme, please go to Inaugural Lord Morris of Manchester Memorial Lecture


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