No More Blackface: The Trial of Black Pete

The first event of the CELI Annual Lecture Series 2021-2022 will take place on 15 December 2021, 5.00-7.00pm via Teams. Speaker: Dr Frank King.

The feast of St. Nicholas, a Father Christmas-style figure, is widely celebrated in The Netherlands, as it is in a number of other European countries. In the last decade, the character of Black Pete, St. Nicholas’ servant, has been the target of a successful anti-racism campaign. Black Pete is traditionally impersonated by white people wearing blackface. Frank King was the lawyer representing anti-Black Pete activists in the Amsterdam Administrative Court in 2014. At the centre of the legal challenge was the licence which the city of Amsterdam had issued for the 2013 St Nicholas parade. In this lecture, Dr King will discuss his experiences and reflect on the role of the court case in ending the blackface tradition..


Open to: All

Date and time: Date and time: 15 December 2021, 5.00-7.00pm

Venue: Online via Microsoft Teams

Contact: further information please email Dr Lieve Gies

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