As the SKWAWKBOX has covered, Canary editor-in-chief Kerry-Anne Mendoza yesterday turned her scandalous treatment by the National Union of Journalists and a small group of white, elitist members into a statement by arranging an alternative Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture for Black History Month.
Mendoza had been invited to deliver the original lecture by the NUJ’s Black Members Council – but the NUJ overruled its black members – and annulled their democracy – to cancel the invitation and install a backup speaker.
Mendoza’s decision, supported by other left-wing organisations and publications, to stage the inaugural alternative Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture is far more in keeping with the idea of honouring the memory of a radical, black, feminist ground-breaker.
And it seems plenty of people agree.
The tickets for the lecture, to be held at the Sands Films Studio in London, went within a few hours – and Mendoza hard to enlarge the capacity by fifty percent and issue a new batch of tickets to cope with demand.
Of those extra tickets, just sixteen remain as of the time of publication of this article. Click here to enjoy not just a great speech but a historic moment – entry is free – but be quick.
Update: all tickets are now gone.
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