Black Inclusion Week Speakers
Black Inclusion Week is an annual event that focuses on the inclusion and celebration of Black voices and experiences. This week-long initiative serves as a crucial reminder that we must work towards creating a more inclusive society for everyone. In today’s world, it’s more important than ever to recognise and acknowledge the contributions of Black individuals to our communities and the world at large.
One of the best ways to make sure that we continue to platform Black voices is by booking speakers who can speak on Black lived experience, diversity, and this year’s theme of being ‘Together in Action.’ By inviting Black Inclusion Week speakers who have lived experience of blackness, we can learn from their stories and insights, and foster a more inclusive and equitable society.
The inclusion of Black voices is not just important from a moral standpoint; it is also crucial for our progress as a society. Research has shown that diverse teams lead to greater innovation, creativity, and problem-solving abilities. This is because diverse teams bring a variety of perspectives and experiences to the table, which can lead to more comprehensive and effective solutions.
The theme of ‘Together in Action’ for this year’s Black Inclusion Week highlights the importance of collaboration and solidarity in creating change. It’s not enough to simply recognise the contributions of Black individuals. We must also work together to dismantle systemic barriers and promote equity and justice for all. By actively seeking out opportunities to learn from and support Black individuals and communities, we can make a meaningful difference in creating a more inclusive and equitable world.
Being ‘Together in Action’ is not just a moral imperative, but a practical one as well – diversity leads to greater innovation and progress. Let’s work together to create a more inclusive and equitable world for everyone.
Here are some of our favourite Black Inclusion Week Speakers for 2023:
The founder of Instagram page @OfficialMillenialBlack, Sophie Williams is an expert voice on Black Inclusion. Through her talks she encourages people to take the first steps of their own activism or allyship journeys, or to build on their existing foundations to truly build equality into their personal and working lives.
Trevor Phillips OBE
Trevor Phillips OBE is an award-winning broadcaster, DEI speaker, writer and former politician. Trevor formed his own production company which made the BBC series, Windrush, and co-authored the accompanying book; Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain, which was based on the extensive interviews conducted for the series.
David Lammy MP
David Lammy MP is the Harvard educated Member of Parliament for Tottenham and the Shadow Foreign Secretary. A well-known public figure, David is one of the leading agenda setters in the fields of social activism, diversity and multi-culturalism. He was also a former member of the previous Labour Government (2001-2010).
Jaega Wise is the Head Brewer of East London based Wild Card Brewery. A popular speaker on Diversity and Inclusion, Jaega is vocal about equal representation within the brewing community. She spearheaded an industry-wide ruling in the UK that banned sexist, homophobic, and racist labelling on beer.
Roshan Roberts is an award-winning radio producer and broadcast journalist, best known as the co-founder of Dope Black Women. Founded in 2019, she aims to connect, nurture and educate women across the globe curating events, hosting a podcast and digital safe spaces.
Afua Hagan is a journalist, TV and Radio Presenter and one of the leading voices on Diversity and Inclusion in Britain. Engaging and provocative, she is able to speak on an array of topics including Unconscious Bias, Black Inclusion and Black Lives Matter.