What you’ll do
Join researcher Dr Grace Redhead for an exploration of the Sickle Cell Society archive, which documents decades of research, outreach and activism.
In this recording Grace talks about how sickle cell anaemia has been dismissed by policymakers and health authorities as a “minority condition”, and the racist discrimination and neglect faced by people living with it.
Find out how a coalition of Black British patients, families and healthcare professionals challenged the NHS, lobbied government, built health services, and developed caring practices that centre Black health.
The talk is facilitated by activist Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, who is Emeritus Professor of Nursing at the University of West London. In 1979 Elizabeth became the UK’s first sickle cell nurse counsellor.
A short film is also available, featuring a conversation between Grace and her colleague Alinta Sara, formerly a heritage project coordinator for the Sickle Cell Society, as they look at items in the society’s archive.