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Emma Dabiri in Conversation

Emma Dabiri in Conversation

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The author of Don’t Touch My Hair delivers a blistering extended essay full of practical and constructive actions in What White People Can Do Next. Stop the denial. Abandon guilt. Interrogate capitalism. When it comes to racial justice, how do we transform demonstrations of support into real and meaningful change? With intellectual rigour and razor-sharp wit, Emma Dabiri’s What White People Can Do Next cuts through the haze of online discourse to offer white people clear advice and actions to take in the fight against systemic, endemic racism.

This event is also part of the Folkestone Book Festival Digital Pass. By booking a Digital Pass you'll be able to access all talks and events and revisit anything you missed for up to a week after the festival.

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Emma Dabiri is an Irish-Nigerian academic, activist, broadcaster and teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS and a Visual Sociology PhD researcher at Goldsmiths. Her 2019 debut Don’t Touch My Hair was a bestseller and published to critical and commercial acclaim. A regular broadcaster on the BBC, Emma presented Back in Time Brixton (BBC2), Britain’s Lost Masterpieces (BBC4), as well as the sociological experiment Is Love Racist? (C4). Most recently, she hosted Radio 4’s critically-acclaimed documentary Journeys into Afro-futurism.

Impactful [...] mixing academic study and her own personal experiences and reflections, Emma expertly outlines how the idea of race was constructed to bolster capitalism and explains how, in a divided world, unity and coalition are needed to create a future that works for everyone.
- Cosmopolitan

A must-read [...] accessible and yet so full of scholarship.
- Owen Jones

This conversation will be chaired by Josie Carter.

A copy of their book can be found on the CCCU website (

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This event is a Folkestone Book Festival screened event at Quarterhouse. Speakers will be streamed live from their homes to our auditorium for a limited audience. All events can also be enjoyed online as part of our Digital Pass.

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