Birmingham SUTR hosted an LMHR event on Friday the 24th February at The Crossing located in South & City college in Digbeth in Birmingham sponsored and supported by a range of trade unions in the city including Unison Unite the NUT the FBU.
We wanted the event to link up the RAR movement that began in the city in the 1970’s with the LMHR movement today in 2017 and the whole evening from start to finish lived up to those expectations.
The event was a complete celebration of the unity and diversity of the city from the spoken word performers to the young artists of 2017 who played rap indie hip hop r&b music to the headliner of the Gabbidon band featuring Basil G one of the founders of Steel Pulse part of the original RAR movement in the 1970’s.
All of the performers wore their LMHR t shirts with pride and spoke about the need for unity and solidarity across communities.
Everyone from the SUTR organisers to the two amazing young comperes the extremely talented young (and older) artists, the spoken word performers and rappers, the trade unionists who came to speak,the technicians at the college who helped stage manage the event, the Birmingham uni students who organised the after party, the 300 strong audience (including 30 international students) everyone talked on the night and afterwards what a fantastic event it was how much they enjoyed it and how it felt like the beginning of a new and strong movement to combat racism.
Birmingham SUTR wants to go on from this success to build a big SUTR conference in the city, we feel musical and cultural events like this LMHR event are an integral part of building the biggest anti racist movement we possibly can in the city.