Anti-racist Cumbria march on Hadrian’s Wall to celebrate hidden histories
The Cumbria anti-racism group will walk the full length of Hadrian’s Wall for three days, with the team walking more than a marathon a day.
Eight members and supporters of Anti Racist Cumbria will walk from Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend, aiming to celebrate 1900 years of the wall, raise awareness of the charity and celebrate the contribution that black and brown people have brought and continue to bring through the wall.
Stories shared along the way include showcasing black-owned businesses, highlighting exhibits such as Black Memories Matter, celebrating the significance of past and present black and brown contributions, the group hopes to visit the studio by Li Yuan-chia, a Chinese-born conceptual artist near Brampton and plans to visit the site of the first recorded African community in Britain.
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Anti Racist Cumbria have partnered with M-Unit on this project which is part of the team behind the Black Memories Matter exhibition.
Niall McNulty, co-founder of M-Unit and trustee of Anti Racist Cumbria, said: “Hadrian’s Wall is an incredible piece of history that lives on among our local communities. But it has a hidden legacy that does not I wanted to do the walk to seek out, share and celebrate some of the black and brown people who have lived, worked and walked the wall now and in the past.
“It’s also a tough physical challenge to run a marathon a day and I look forward to doing that with other members and supporters of Anti Racist Cumbria,” he said.
Patrin Watanatada, who recently moved to Ambleside, said: “I am Thai-American and new to Cumbria, after half a life in the big cities. Joining Anti Racist Cumbria has given me my first window into diversity dynamic that exists here, and a wonderful opportunity to learn from a passionate group dedicated to making Cumbria an anti-racism county where everyone can thrive and feel like they belong.
“I will be participating in the walk with my husband (who has Cumbrian roots) and our baby boy, and we are all excited to learn more and help raise awareness for the many people from all walks of life who have contributed to the story. and the fascinating culture of Cumbria,” she said.
The eight walkers set off on Friday July 1 and aim to arrive in Wallsend on the evening of July 3 – to follow their journey, check the group’s social media page.
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