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Oct. 22, 2022

#066: Looking back on “Anti-Racism: A Together Agenda” with Olukemi Ogunyemi

#066: Looking back on “Anti-Racism: A Together Agenda” with Olukemi Ogunyemi

Insights: Creating a better world for future generations.

What is grace? And how would showing more grace towards each other create a better world for future generations?

In last week’s interview (#065), body therapist and author Olukemi Ogunyemi shared the story of her upbringing in Scotland as a mixed-race child: highlighting both the trauma of experiencing racial abuse and the responsibilities of individuals, communities and organisations to raise awareness of racism, create impactful change and build a better future.

Looking back on our conversation, I begin by reflecting honestly on my own early journey of awakening in relation to privilege in general, and anti-racism in particular. I then look at what we can learn from Olukemi’s personal approach to tackling racism through compassion, and begin to explore the meaning of grace as a spiritual gift or human virtue.

If you’re looking to deepen your understanding of who you are being in your mission, or you are looking to commit more deeply to being the difference you want to see in the world, this week’s Insights episode is for you.



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Brown Girl in the Ring by Olukemi Ogunyemi

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad

Grace: A Leader’s Guide to a Better Us by John Boldoni

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Olukemi Ogunyemi

Body Therapist & Author

Olukemi Ogunyemi is a highly successful body therapist who also speaks and blogs on racism and transgender issues.

In her book, Brown Girl in the Ring, she tells of her momentous struggle growing up as a mixed race child in Scotland.

"She describes in horrific, gut-wrenching detail, the treatment she received at the hands of the so-called ‘good people’ of Scotland; acts of racism that continued into adulthood and wreaked havoc for her as a wife and mother of four children.

Her captivating story calls out unconscious racial bias – even in her own family – but through the obvious pain and suffering, she still allows her sense of humour and her deep love for her husband and children to shine through.

Not content with just telling her story, Olukemi spells out her quest to tackle racism head on, but not with a call to arms. Forget anger and finger-pointing and think more sit down chat with someone who understands. She lives and breathes compassion not blame. Brown Girl in the Ring is a beautifully crafted, deeply personal memoir; not only is it the ultimate message on how to put an end to racism, it is a true story for our times."