Tributes paid to legendary academic

Tributes were paid to a legendary writer yesterday – known as the ‘Godfather of multiculturalism’ – at a debate to honour the late Professor Stuart Hall.

 

David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, led the praise for Britain’s first high-profile academic who rose to prominence on TV’s Open University.

Lammy said Prof Hall had produced ‘seminal’ books that redefined identity and allowed Caribbean migrants from the Windrush generation, and later generations, to come to terms with living in Britain.

His comments were made at a film screening and discussion hosted by Voice4Change England to celebrate the life of the celebrated academic, who died in February this year.

Over 40 people packed into the theatre at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre to watch the film ‘The Stuart Hall Project’ by director John Akomfrah about the life and works of Prof Hall.

This was followed by a panel discussion involving social anthropologist Dr Lez Henry, Shakina Chinedu from Oxford University, broadcaster and activist Marc Wadsworth and Dr William Ackah from Birkbeck college.

The discussion, chaired by V4CE director Kunle Olulode, covered a broad range of subjects from African identity to whether a new Prof Hall will emerge.

V4CE will be hosting a free conference called ‘Alternative Perspectives’ on 26 June to explore new ways of thinking about race, and how to forge more effective partnerships and collaborations to boost the BME voluntary sector.