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The Race, Class and Ethnicity (RaCE) interdisciplinary research network

The Race, Class and Ethnicity (RaCE) interdisciplinary research network was approved in October 2018 and officially launched in March 2019. It was developed as a response to the current and historic realities woven into the lived experiences of race, class, and ethnicity in everyday locations.


Past Events

Black History Month - 'Black Lives Matter - Virtual unveiling of blue plaque to Celestine Edwards'

This event saw the virtual unveiling of a blue plaque to anti-slavery campaigner Celestine Edwards. There is a recorded history of anti-slavery activities, first organised by the local Quakers in Sunderland during the early 18th century, and so in celebrating Celestine Edwards’ contribution it is possible to see how the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has local relevance going back nearly 300 years.

This plaque was the first to celebrate a Black person in Sunderland.

The event was held on Thursday 15 October 2020 and included a short talk by Prof Donna Chambers and by University Chaplain Chris Howson. 

Learn more about Black Lives Matter and the blue plaque commemorating Celestine Edwards.

Celestine Edwards Blue plaque


24th October 2019 – Panel Discussion on ‘Decolonising the Curriculum’ – University of Sunderland in London

22nd October 2019 – Film screening of ‘The Uprising’ by Pravini Productions - Sunderland Minster

16th October 2019 – Black History Month film- ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ – Media Centre, University of Sunderland (in collaboration with CineClub)

28th June 2019 – ‘Gendered Worlds Festival’ – Prospect Building, St Peter’s Campus (in collaboration with Sunderland Gender Network)

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