The Black Lives Matter movement was propelled into the global spotlight as protests spread following the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in 2020. Having started as a grassroots movement protesting racially motivated violence and police brutality in the United States, Black Lives Matter has now grown into an international social and political phenomenon, with activists organizing protests and social media campaigns worldwide.
In this episode, we explore how this once US-based movement has triggered action against racism in places as far away as the Nordic countries: A region traditionally seen as being at the forefront in the fight against inequality and discrimination but which still has its battles to fight regarding these issues.
We also ask what the struggle for black people’s rights will look like in the future. Will it remain global? And what would that mean for black people?
This podcast episode comes from a Nordic Talks live event organized by the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Canada. The talk is part of “Nordic Bridges 2022”, a year-long initiative fostering cultural exchange between the Nordic Region and Canada.
“Race exists, and so does police brutality. Let’s talk about it globally and locally.”
Nontokozo Tshabalala, a South African multidisciplinary artist, living in Sweden.
This podcast episode features the following speakers
Nontokozo Tshabalala (South Africa)
Nontokozo Tshabalala is a multidisciplinary artist and designer from South Africa who is currently based in Gothenburg, Sweden. She uses her work as an avenue to ask questions about her identity and the black experience wherever she goes. Tshabalala is the co-founder of Mam'gobozi Design Factory, a design studio celebrating the Afrikan identity through creativity.
Andreas Robinson (Canada)
Andreas Robinson is a social impact entrepreneur, focused on social justice and education. He is the CEO of two companies, Infinitus Academy and Limitless Media, and the winner of the 2019 Black Business Initiative's Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The Infinitus Academy provides mentoring, workshops, and programs for youth groups, schools, and teams to engage and empower young people as catalysts for future growth.
Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson (Iceland)
Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson has been a singer and composer for half of his life, touring over 30 countries while also setting up a record label and radio station. In 2014, Unnsteinn started his career as a documentary filmmaker and writer at RÚV, Iceland’s public broadcaster. His work has been nominated multiple times and has twice won accolades at the Icelandic Film and Television Academy's annual Edda Awards.