I Am Not Mixed Race
Luke Zavrou Blackstock reads his speech I Am Not Mixed Race, on being defined and labelled by society as 'mixed race'.
Luke is a member of our Young Leaders programme. The Almeida Young Leaders is a scheme giving young people with something vital to say the tools and platform to do so. Each young leader has been mentored by a writer and director to develop their ideas, structuring a speech and skills in public speaking.
Luke would like to think that he’s a little bit of a wordsmith: being more of a journalist than an actor and more of a speechwriter than a speaker. He is currently studying Sociology at Durham University, and used this speech as an opportunity to explore the social stigma attached to the words that surround the social construct of race. The only thing his words can’t convey is his love for Arsenal, politics and Dazed and Confused. Luke spends his free time up in the clouds, formulating his vision for a better world.
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