As part of Chatham House’s centenary celebrations, the staff of Chatham House have awarded its Centenary Diversity Champion Award to the Black Lives Matter movement.
At this special hybrid event Melina Abdullah, co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement and co-director of Black Lives Matter Grassroots, accepts the award on behalf of the movement in front of an audience of staff, members and supporters both online and in person.
A panel of experts also discuss how the movement has brought global attention to systemic injustice against black lives and is helping to draw on more diverse voices and inclusive approaches to shape the policy agenda.
How can grassroots racial justice and equality movements influence policymaking?
How can policymakers, civil society and the private sector work together to make meaningful progress on racial equality?
What effect have new forms of activism and political mobilization had on the public discourse on issues such as structural racism?
The award presentation marks the second of Chatham House’s three Centenary Awards. Each acknowledges outstanding contributions to confronting the critical challenges facing the world today and pays tribute to those the institute’s staff believe have, through their activities, played a significant role in progressing the institute’s mission: to help governments and societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.
Sir David Attenborough will be presented with the Centenary Lifetime Award at another event recognizing his commitment to conservation and raising public and political awareness of the growing climate crisis and Greta Thunberg will separately accept the Chatham House Centenary Changemakers Award in recognition of her vanguard role in mobilizing young people to take up climate activism.