Having graduated in July and not starting up my PGCE course until September, I have had 2 months with lots of time on my hands. I wanted to make sure I used the time in productive ways, so I set myself 4 goals…to enjoy running, to move several steps closer to being able to drive, to explore the world of photography and take a good picture, and to write songs. I then added a research project: slavery.
Initially, I thought that this meant looking back to the Abolition Act in the beginning to the mid-19th century; learning about abolitionists such as William Wilberforce, Baroness Cox, Samuel Sharpe, and many other great men and women. Once I had researched many of their stories however, I found that there are indeed more slaves now than there were in the time of these giants – something I had never realised. I have since delved into articles and stories and mission statements concerning the issue…my heart has been broken over and over again…and I have become, quite frankly, restless.