Stella Dadzie is a published writer and historian, best known for The Heart of the Race: Black Women's lives in Britain which won the 1985 Martin Luther King Award for Literature. She is a founder member of OWAAD (Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent).

Her career as a writer and education activist spans 25 years. She has written numerous publications and resources aimed at promoting an inclusive curriculum and good practice with black adult learners and other minorities.

She is well known within the UK for her contribution to tackling youth racism and working with racist perpetrators, and is a key contributor to the development of anti-racist strategies with schools, colleges and youth services. In November 2003, she received the NBM’s award for Outstanding Contributions to Race Equality in Further Education. She has run workshops and spoken at conferences in Germany, Slovenia, Poland, Norway, South Africa, the USA, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

She appeared in ‘And Still I Rise’, a documentary exploring the social and historical origins of stereotypes of African women and was a guest of Germaine Greer on her BBC2 discussion programme ‘The Last Word’. she was also a member of the Mayor of London’s African and Asian Heritage Commission.

Stella will be delivering the keynote speech on Sunday morning.