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Derby Book Festival - David Lammy MP: Tribes: A Search for Belonging in a Divided Society

05 Nov 2021
David Lammy

David Lammy was the first black Briton to study at Harvard Law School and practised as a barrister before entering politics as the MP for Tottenham in 2000. Today, David is one of Parliament's most prominent and successful campaigners for social justice. He led the campaign for Windrush British citizens to be granted British citizenship and has been at the forefront of the fight for justice for the families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

In 2007, inspired by the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act and looking to explore his own African roots, David Lammy took a DNA test. Ostensibly he was a middle-aged husband and father, and a die-hard Spurs fan. But his test revealed that he was 25% Tuareg tribe (Niger), 25% Temne tribe (Sierra Leone), 25% Bantu tribe (South Africa), with 5% traces of Celtic Scotland and a mishmash of other unidentified groups.

Both memoir and call-to-arms, Tribes explores both the benign and malign effects of our need to belong. It is a fascinating and perceptive analysis of the way the world works and the way we really are.

David Lammy will be in conversation with BBC East Midlands Today presenter and reporter, Navtej Johal.

Tickets: £10

A live stream of this event can be booked at this page.