London Met expert takes part in Cambridge Union debate

Professor Sunny Singh joined other activists and researchers to discuss ways the national conversation on racism can be expanded and made more fruitful.

Date: 02 November 2020

Sunny Singh, Professor of Creative Writing and Inclusion in the Arts at London Met, was invited by the Cambridge Union to participate in a debate on race and racism in Britain, with the motion titled This House Would Stop Talking and Start Listening.

Professor Singh joined Professor Heidi Safia Mirza, one of the first Black female professors in Britain and a pioneer in anti-racism research and activism, Farrukh Dhondy, writer, activist and one of the early members of British Black Panther Movement, and political scientist Dr Remi Adekoya to discuss – rather than debate – the ways the national conversation on racism can be expanded and made more fruitful. 

Paraphrasing Bryan Stevenson, Professor Singh concluded her intervention by noting that “the opposite of power is injustice, the opposite of wealth is injustice. There can be no justice without equality…and there can be no peace without justice.” Her talk is available online here. 

Due to the pandemic, the debate was held in a hybrid format with some participants in the debating chamber while others joined in virtually. The debate was live-streamed and is now available on the society’s YouTube channel.

The Cambridge Union Society, also known as the Cambridge Union, is the oldest debating society in the world and the largest student society in Cambridge. Founded in 1815, it is the oldest continuously running debating society in the world. Additionally, the Cambridge Union has served as a model for the foundation of similar societies at several other prominent universities. The Union remains a unique forum for the free exchange of ideas and the art of public debate.

Sunny Singh looking at camera