gal-dem's Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff and Leah Cowan on Windrush women and Britain's Black Power movement

gal-dem is a UK publication that is actively addressing the way people of colour are portrayed in the media. Founded by Liv Little in 2015, gal-dem’s mission statement is clear: To empower and support young women and non-binary people of colour, to disrupt racist stereotypes, and shine a light on stories and experiences that matter. Two women playing a vital role in doing that are gal-dem journalists Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff and Leah Cowan. 

In this episode of History Becomes Her, Cowan and Brinkhurst-Cuff discuss their book "I Will Not be Erased": Our Stories about Growing Up as People of Colour and their personal experiences of erasure. They pay tribute to the women they find most inspiring: American political activist Angela Davis and Myrna Simpson, mother of Joy Gardner who died in a botched deportation in 1993. Cowan and Brinkhurst-Cuff explore the forgotten women of the Windrush generation and women's role in Britain's Black Power movement.

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Special thanks to Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, Leah Cowan, Walker Books, and gal-dem.


Creator and host: Rachel Thompson

Producers: Maria Dermentzi and Nikolay Nikolov

Editor: Shannon Connellan

Music: Christianne Straker

Illustration: Vicky Leta

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