Black Lives Matter

17 June 2020

Dance Umbrella stands in solidarity with our Black colleagues, artists, audiences and the whole community in the ongoing fight for justice and equality following the brutal killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. As an organisation that is committed to championing the work of Black artists, we support calls for change from around the world and are determined to listen, learn and play our part to end racism.

At a time when many of us are educating ourselves further, we wanted to share the following anti-racism charities and resources.

Black Lives Matter
Minnesota Freedom Fund
UKBLM Fund
Black Minds Matter UK
Stop Hate UK
Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
Black Visions Collective
Reclaim the Block    

Resources for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement from It’s Nice That

Watch, Read and Listen:

“Hollow” by Vanessa Kissule (DU 2017 festival artist)
A poem written and performed by Vanessa Kisuule in response to the toppling of the Edward Colston statue in Bristol on Sunday 7th June 2020.

In pain and range, a protestor approached police. And then he danced. 
Jo’Artis Ratti, co-creator of Krump, found comfort in dance as he searched for a way to express his frustrations during protests against the killing of George Floyd.
By Sarah L.Kaufman, Washington Post

June Sarpong OBE, Director of Creative Diversity at BBC discusses
Where does diversity and inclusion go from here? on The Speakeasier podcast
from The Unmistakables

Dancing Bodies That Proclaim: Black Lives Matter
A look at the dance videos that have emerged from the Black Lives Matter protests.
By Siobhan Burke, New York Times

How the Electric Slide became the Black Lives Matter protest dance
As people gather to push for change, collective dancing has become activism in motion.
By Sanjoy Roy, Guardian