In April 1981 Brixton exploded in anger and that anger swept across UK inner cities in the summer of 1981. Liverpool 8 witnessed the longest and most costly of these uprisings. The causes have been well documented; racist and brutal policing, compounded by the failure of the police to protect black communities from the violence and the effects of Thatcherite policies which brought high unemployment and increased poverty to communities already in decline. Join us for an afternoon of discussion, performance and photography reflecting on the events of 1981 in this 40th anniversary year. With national activists, artists and commentors we will remember the uprisings and consider their legacies and lessons for a new generation of Black Lives Matter and other anti-racist activists today. This is event is produced in partnership with Writing on the Wall and The Institute for Creative Enterprise at Edgehill University.