Basingstoke Unites Against Racism
Welcome to Basingstoke Unites Against Racism
Basingstoke Unites Against Racism (BUAR) was born to change the headlines and unsettle the silence around racism that has continued to marginalise black people.
How it began
My partner and I were watching the first memorial service of George Floyd. We’d made a special effort to finish our tasks for the day early so we could join in the service. I finally settled for leaning on the kitchen island.
Jojo, on the other hand, stood in front of the sofa, not sitting either and I thought nothing of it initially. As the service proceeded, I noted how STILL and SILENT he was and through the singing echoing from the speakers I could feel every ounce of sorrow and deep sadness he was feeling. The stroke of the cheek later to wipe a tear, I had to remember this moment and so I pulled out my phone standing just a few feet away, recorded those minutes in which I, myself was lost.
I was uncertain whether to hug him or to leave him be. I was uncertain of my own emotions but one thing I was certain of, we both knew, this could easily, possibly have been either ONE OF US or our children, father, uncle, you name it. He was still upstanding for most of the service and before it ended, the seed was already planted in me, it simply had to flourish and bear fruit. I needn’t finish the words and he was already in tune and so we begun!
First, a peaceful protest to organise but before that we set off to one of the protests in London. We made the journey and it was worthwhile. In the coming days, I will be on and off the phone and on emails for hours, now with an additional set of stunning and supportive gents. Ayóbami and Martin were stardom from beginning and we are privileged to have them on the team. The ‘honorary’ supporters are also very much treasured and so Basingstoke Unites Against Racism was officially born and christened on 9th June 2020 at the War Memorial Park.
Discover Our Mission
- Engage. To engage local stakeholders to ensure our voices are heard and opinions taken into consideration to improve life for our community in Basingstoke.
- Educate. To advance the education of the public in the subject of race; to ensure the truth about Black, Asian and minority ethnic history and contributions to this country are acknowledged and for us to be a contributing source of education and support.
- Eradicate. To stand up against racial injustice and work towards unity and diversity across Basingstoke, so that there is a level playing field of opportunity for all.
- Empower. To empower the next generation so they can navigate their way from potential to high performance.
Discover Our Projects
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Launching November 2021
Launching in 2022
Season One of The Truth With BUAR
The story of Ruby Williams as told by her parents Lenny and Kate Williams.
There are some shocking reveals in this story which hit headlines in February 2020. We cannot let this happen again.
LISTEN. SUBSCRIBE. SHARE.
BUAR TV on YOUTUBE
LOCAL BAME INQUIRY
The report of the Basingstoke BAME local Inquiry was published in December 2020.
1 Bessemer Park, Bessemer Road Basingstoke, RG21 3NB