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African-American civil rights activist and professor Angela Davis, artist Isaac Julien and John Akomfrah will lead the tributes at the memorial. “There is no way of overstating it: I would not do the things I do without Stuart,” says Isaac Julien, a Turner prize nominee in 2001. “By the time I began making films in the 1980s Stuart was already a kind of hero. The questions he asked were a huge influence and it is still difficult to imagine a future without him.”
Other speakers at the memorial include former Marxism Today editor Martin Jacques, feminist writer Bea Campbell, and Hall’s widow, the historian Catherine Hall.
The memorial will also see the announcement that a Stuart Hall Foundation has applied for charitable status and will launch next year. It will provide fellowships supporting artists, students and researchers and will be chaired by Lady Hollick OBE.
“I am honoured and thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the foundation, which will support scholars, artists and researchers as Stuart did so generously throughout his life, and celebrate his extraordinary legacy,” says Lady Hollick.