||As we enter another new year, it
is traditional for many to make long check lists of what they want
to achieve in the year, take a picture of where they want to be by
the end of the year and dream happy dreams of the new life, or new
body, or new acquisition that is going to make life that much more
purposeful and meaningful. Yet within a matter of days, a vast
proportion of people who make such New Year's resolutions have
either watered down the promise to points of meaninglessness, or
totally abandoned the entire project, to be laughingly dismissed as
'one of those things'. Beyond the surface though, there is nothing
particularly funny about this at all, as it is indicative of a
troubling deeper malaise that impacts our lives in ways that we do
not seem to readily understand.
Obama - So What? So they
have a Black President - who cares?
'President Obama - So What?' is a youth debate which aims to examine
the impact, if any, of the election of Barack Obama as the 44th
President of the United States of America on young people in the UK.
Barack Obama's presidential win stands as a testament to the
changing times we live in; a time when our youth can now dream
bigger dreams and believe that anything is possible.
But is this the reality for many of the youth here in the UK?
His message of 'Change we can believe in' extends outside of the
shores of America to men, women and young people around the world.
The adult population (public and media alike) has been inspired and
energised by the election of Barack Obama to the highest office in
But how do young people living in the UK today feel about it?
Is it a big deal to them?
Do they feel it will make a difference to their lives or
Do they care?
It is these questions and more that the 'President Obama - So What'
debate aims to discover.
With Barack Obama expected to land on these shores in April for his
first visit as President, c-a-n-i Academy CIC and the 100 Black Men
of London, supported by The Bernie Grant Arts Centre, presents the
first debate of its kind, giving the London's young people a
platform to air their views on what the election of President Barack
Obama means to them.
Dawn Butler MP
We are extremely pleased that Dawn Butler MP has agreed to join us
for this important and timely debate.
Please note this is a youth debate open to young people aged 15 - 25
years old: We have a limited amount places available to adults aged
over 25 years .
This event is free to all entrants (Entrance will however be on a
strict 'first come, first served' basis)
Date: Saturday 4th April 2009
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, London,
Supporters & Sponsors of Bernie Grant Arts Centre
For more information and press enquires:
T: 0208 820 0809 - Ken Barnes
T: 0870 121 4 100 - Kolarele Sonaike
President Obama - So What Youth Debate, 100 Black Men of London, The
12 - 16 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5PQ