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Lunchtime Lecture: Afua Hirsch

On 10 October, we were lucky enough to have the writer, broadcaster and former barrister, Afua Hirsch, come to speak to us about race and identity.

Being a grandchild of both Ghanaian immigrants and Jewish immigrants, Afua explored her experience of being mixed race in contemporary Britain. 

It was incredibly interesting and eye-opening to hear Afua discuss the struggles faced by people of ethnic minority and her conclusion of it being due to the deep-rooted imperial history of Britain, and how this consequently makes it challenging for her to embrace the identity of Britishness. Similarly, it was inspiring to hear Afua’s emphasis on the importance of the fight against racism as a societal struggle, rather than the responsibility of those affected. 

We are all so grateful to Afua for taking time out of her incredibly busy schedule to come and speak to us. 

Tilda, Year 13