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INSIGHTS Virtual Lectures: Black History Month Lecture: A Bitter Sweet Journey: from slavery to freedom and beyond the colour line by Dr Keith Magee

Dr Keith Magee, Visiting Professor of Social Justice, Newcastle University and Director of the Social Justice Institute, Boston

Date/Time: Tuesday 20 October 2020, 17:30 - 18:15

Black History Month Lecture

Hosted by Dr Martin Farr, with introduction from Professor Julie Sanders

The Atlantic slave trade transported Black human bodies to the British colonies of the Caribbean and to other parts of the world. In 1834, slavery was abolished in the British Empire, but abolition did not end Britain’s association with slavery. And yet, even as the British empire remained entrenched in the world of slavery, there were reformers who placed great faith in the liberal ideas of freedom and who sought justice, righteousness and the right to freedom and equality.


The Rev’d Professor Keith Magee, Th.D., FRSA, is currently Visiting Professor of Social Justice at Newcastle University. He is trained as an economist and theologian with over 30 years of professional experience as a senior executive in higher education, museums and non-profits with a focus on culture and justice, philanthropy, public policy and public theology. Having trained in theology at Grace Bible College and Harvard Divinity School, his work reflects on the Ten Commandments as ‘public policies’ thereby exploring how they inform society through belief, culture, economic and social justice.  He is the director of the Social Justice Initiative and serves as Lead Pastor at The Berachah Church, Boston, MA. He is also Senior Fellow in Culture & Justice at the University College London.

Live Q&A:

The lecture will be followed by a live Q&A with the speaker. You can submit a question in advance by sending an email to or during the event using YouTube Live Chat or via Twitter @InsightsNCL.

This event will be hosted on YouTube, registration is not required.