Durham Book Festival and Birmingham Literature Festival are thrilled to welcome Lalya F Saad to talk about her groundbreaking book Me and White Supremacy.
When Layla F. Saad ran a free month-long Instagram challenge during the summer of 2018, she had no idea it would become an international cultural movement. Thousands of people from around the world were galvanized by the #MeandWhiteSupremacy challenge, examining and owning responsibility for the ways in which they uphold white supremacy.
Over 80,000 people downloaded her guide to the movement, in the space of just six months. And now, that guide is a New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Amazon bestseller. Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.
Layla Saad is a globally respected writer, speaker and podcast host on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation and social change. As an East African, Arab, British, Black, Muslim woman who was born and grew up in the West, and lives in the Middle East, Layla has always sat at a unique intersection of identities from which she is able to draw rich and intriguing perspectives. Layla’s work is driven by her powerful desire to ‘become a good ancestor’; to live and work in ways that leave a legacy of healing and liberation for those who will come after she is gone.
Chaired by Shantel Edwards, Birmingham Literature Festival.
This event was produced by New Writing North and Writing West Midlands, with support from England’s other writing agencies: Writing East Midlands, New Writing South, Spread the Word, Literature Works and the National Centre for Writing.
Buy Me and White Supremacy here.