Slide from Professor Drayton's presentation.Slide from Professor Drayton's presentation.

A series entitled Decolonisation and Black Lives: The case of the UK and the Commonwealth was launched on 10 June with a discussion organised by The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs and the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham, with the support of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Speaker, Professor Richard Drayton, Professor of Imperial and Global History at King’s College, London, said that the 2022 Commonwealth Games would be a useful impetus for planning a strategy to produce a Commonwealth that meant something to a younger generation. Professor Drayton said that the organisation currently existed as an “historical thing” for younger people and he highlighted the need to discuss issues such as citizenship, making the Commonwealth progressive, and helping the body to deal with the problems which Commonwealth people deem to be important.

The event discussant was Dr Reginald Cline-Cole, Senior Lecturer at the Department of African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Birmingham.

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Details about other discussions in this series will appear here soon.

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