The abolition of structural racism and prejudice.
George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was murdered on 25 May 2020. Mr Floyd was an unarmed black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds as he told them ‘I can’t breathe’ as he cried out for his mother. Three other officers watched, listened and did nothing.
We’re here because Mike Bugembe, who is a close friend of Matt Stephens, was willing to share with Matt the pain he experienced seeing this despicable act and the concern he felt for his own children. As Matt leaned in and listened, he experienced what he can only describe as ‘scales falling off my eyes’ leading to seeing racism in a whole new way and finally becoming fully aware of his own white privilege.
This led to Matt hosting an online conference about structural racism. 100 businesses were expected to gather, and in the end 1,000 businesses were represented. The people on the panel – Bim Afolami MP, Rowena Twesigye, Rayna Miller, Christopher Muwanguzi, Mike Bugembe and Matt Stephens launched the 846 Movement at the end of the conference on the 12 June 2020.
The 846 movement has been created to remember that George Floyd – tragically following in the line of many other black men and woman – changed the conversation and awoke a generation of black and white people to challenge structural racism and white privilege. Lest we forget the 8 minutes and 46 seconds that he had another man’s knee on his neck. Commit your business to give each year a donation of £846, £8,460, £80,460, £800,460 or £8,000,460 (depending on your company size) to remember the act by resourcing the anti-racist movement and end structural racism in the UK.
MP for Hitchin and Harpenden
Business Development Manager, Digital Content Partnerships at BBC Africa
Head of Employee Engagement, Capita (Smart DCC)
CEO, Child’s i Foundation
Author, ‘Cracking the Data Code’
Founder and CEO, Inpulse
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