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Rosa Parks Symposium

17th Annual Rosa Parks Symposium

When is Banter Racism: What would Rosa Parks say?

Tuesday 7 December 2021 - 13:00-16:00
Online via Zoom 

The Centre for Inclusion and Diversity organises this annual symposium to celebrate the life of Rosa Parks and to reflect on the implications of her contributions to the race equality agenda.

Your voice will count in promoting diversity and inclusion, and challenging inequality!

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About the Rosa Parks Symposium

The University of Bradford is proud of its innovative, comprehensive and cohesive approach to equality, diversity and inclusion. The Centre for Inclusion and Diversity celebrates the life of Rosa Parks on an annual basis and reflects on the implications of her contributions to the race equality agenda. We are delighted to invite you to the 17th Rosa Parks Symposium on Tuesday 7 December 2021.

This year’s symposium will be participative, challenging and thought-provoking, seeking to explore the questions such as:

  • Is racist banter acceptable?
  • Should we excuse or interrogate the intentions of the persons who spoke the words?
  • Is it fair to blame the victims saying they are over-reacting, too sensitive, cannot take a joke?
  • Can we keep silent and allow people to hide behind banter to perpetrate bigotry?
  • How would it feel to be subject to discrimination hiding under the guise of banter?

Recent racist attacks on black footballers during the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship and the culture of racism in the Yorkshire County Cricket Club makes discussing this theme imperative.

How would Rosa Parks react to these events? Would she keep silent? What would you do in these situations?

We invite you to the 17th Rosa Parks Symposium, to join a conversation, to listen, share your thoughts and reflect on the impact of racist banter in sports and workplaces.

Rosa Parks with Dr Martin Luther King jr circa 1955

Rosa Parks with Dr Martin Luther King, circa 1955

I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom Rosa Parks


  • To facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration on equality and diversity
  • To explore the place of equality under the current legislative climate in the UK
  • To explore Inter-generational issues relating to the achievement of dreams
  • To identify and discuss strategies and challenges in promoting equality and diversity

Who is the Symposium for?

  • Senior Managers and members of governing bodies
  • HR/workforce directors, equality and diversity leads and professionals
  • Frontline staff in public, private, voluntary and community sector organisations
  • Researchers
  • Students
  • Trade unions and other special partners