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Students Come Together to Dismantle King's Colonial Legacy

With an evening of moving speeches and performances from students at King's, KCLSU Officers Sara Osman Saeed and Martina Chen launched their campaign to bring together students and staff to call on King's to commit to to decolonisation, reparative justice and building a truly anti-racist and inclusive institution.

Our campaign

On Wednesday evening, our VP Education (Arts & Sciences) Sara Osman Saeed and VP Welfare & Community Martina Chen brought together students from across King's to launch their new campaign to Dismantle King's Colonial Legacy. This is a student-led campaign calling on King’s to publicly acknowledge its colonial legacy and formally commit to decolonisation, reparative justice and to building a truly anti-racist and inclusive institution where all students and staff can thrive.

A night of student-led action

The launch saw Sara, Martina and speakers from Decolonise KCL, Intersectional Feminist Society, QTIPOC Soc & Anti-Colonial Film Club take to the stage to share their experiences of oppression, lack of representation and ongoing legacies of colonialism at King's. We were also joined by two talented student poets Madeline Mawusi and Dick Paul Ouko, with incredibly moving performances of their work.

Across the evening, we heard that students feel a deep sense of injustice at the lack of acknowledgement of King's colonial ties and the lack of commitment to proactive anti-racism that is felt by students and staff. Alongside this, we heard passionate arguments for the need for a student-led movement for decolonisation.

Want to get involved?

The evening ended with table discussions where students were invited to share their experiences of King's colonial legacy, their ideas about what commitments and actions we would like to see from King's, and their ideas for how we as students can come together to call for better.

If you would like to get involved, share your ideas on these topics, or simply show your support, you can start by reading and signing our open letter to King's senior management, written in collaboration with affected student groups. There is also an option to join our organising WhatsApp group in the same form. Welcome on board!


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