#LeopoldMustFall: The Student Council Motion

In May 2015, representatives of the QM Pan-African Society took #LeopoldMustFall to the student council at Queen Mary University, urging councillors to support the motion to have the two plaques which commemorate King Leopold II of Belgium removed and re-contextualised from the Octogan, Queens’ Building.  The motion was rejected by the student council by two votes. The following…

Pan-Africanism and Black Consciousness

Pan-Africanism is a political ideology and movement that encourages the solidarity and unity of Africans and people of African descent worldwide. It is rooted in the belief that Africans and people of African descent share a common history and destiny and that this unity is vital to economic, social and political progress internationally. As a…

Decolonising the Campus

European colonial powers have been rewriting history and failing to recognise the past and present impact of their actions and the contribution of colonialism and slavery to the development of European institutions. Financial institutions from banks to insurance companies, educational institutions from elite private schools to the most prestigious public universities, were directly and indirectly…