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F*ck Forgiveness

Part of WOW – Women of the World

Our panel session examines who really benefits from forgiveness, the mental toll of shutting down anger and how to face rising hostility and misogynoir.

Historically the Black community, particularly Black women, have been expected to forgive and forget injustices suffered.

To avoid being stereotyped as ‘angry Black women’, they are required to quell the legitimate anger and questions that arise over cases of systemic racism.

Panellists include Jumoke Abdullahi, Jazandrea Byrdsong, Hannah Azieb Pool, Minna Salami and Liz Ward.

Jumoke Abdullahi is the co-founder of Triple Cripples, a groundbreaking show, podcast and platform for women, femmes and non-binary people of colour living with a disability.

Jazandrea Byrdsong is the co-founder of the S.O.U.L Sisters Leadership Collective, a groundbreaking movement supporting new leaders that have ‘lived and breathed’ the inequalities of our legal, educational and economic systems.

Hannah Azieb Pool is the artistic director and CEO of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre.

Minna Salami is an award-winning blogger and author. Her books include The Power Book: What is it, Who Has it and Why? and the upcoming Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone.

Liz Ward is the programmes director of the Advocacy Academy and the founder of the global network Black Lives Matter UK.

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Purcell Room


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Contains content that some visitors may find disturbing.

Day passes are available for Friday and Saturday. Each day features a different line-up, so you can buy passes for both or attend just one.

This event is part of WOW Friday Pass, which gives you access to a packed programme of talks, workshops and more across Southbank Centre all day.

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