Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


VIRTUAL: Beyond the Black Panthers: Dr Beverley Bryan

08 September 2021, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm

Beverly Bryan

Professor of Education, author, Black women's activist, primary school teacher and former British Black Panther, Dr Beverley Bryan discusses her life and works

This event is free.

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Sarah Parker Remond Centre / Black History Walks

This is an online event. Zoom link will be sent 30 minutes before the start by Black History Walks.

This event is organised by Black History Walks in collaboration with UCL's Sarah Parker Remond Centre

Dr Beverley Bryan is co-author of the classic book Heart of the Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain (1985) which detailed the experiences of ordinary Black women and their fight for equality from post-war up to 1980s Britain.

Dr Bryan was a founding member of the Brixton Black Women’s Group; a Saturday school organiser, a mainstream primary school teacher who pioneered Black history teaching in her classroom in the 1970s and a member of the British Black Panther Movement. A lifelong educator, Beverley Bryan is a retired Professor of Language Education from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica.

In this wide-ranging interview, hosted by Dr Michelle Asantewa, we will explore her experiences as above and also cover the below:

  • Jamaican Creole as language
  • Slam' poetry in the 1970s
  • Anti-Racist education
  • Life as a black teacher
  • The impact of the West Indian Student Centre
  • The importance of history
  • Moving to the Caribbean

Beverly Bryan

The Heart of the Race