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81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance

To mark the 40th anniversary of the 81 Uprising, individuals, community groups and organisations are coming together to create 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance.

In 1981, Black communities in Brixton first rose up in a bloody confrontation with the Metropolitan Police against a backdrop of racism, severe economic recession and high unemployment. For the first time since the uprisings in 1981, we will tell the unheard stories of this exuberantly defiant act of rebellion that fundamentally changed Britain. advocacy

This process has been built from the ground up with over 300 people giving their time and energy for free to make it possible. They have fed the process with open hearts and relentless optimism for what might be possible.

The Ubele Initiative is working as part of an evolving process of co-creation of 81 Acts to manifest important stories and memories into reality: Re-creating, re-defining, re-claiming and re-valuing our collective transformational, lived experiences across generations and continents. We do this to ignite present-day, active, intergenerational engagement, strengthen knowledge, skills, identity, community and belonging.

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An Act of Exuberant Defiance can be whatever you want it to be – all we ask is it seeks to honour the principles of Humanifesto and addresses itself to one of our six themes which are: Resist; Insight/Incite; Respect; Reform; Regroup & Renew; Revolution.

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