People Dem Collective is a registered CIC and community organisation based in Margate, Kent. Founded by members of the Black, Brown and *Diaspora communities.
*People of cultural heritage other than the place they were born.
The collective was born out of a lived experience of lack of space, engagement and inclusion for these communities and a desire to encourage healing and transformation.
People Dem, is a Patois term colloquially meaning ‘them’.
We facilitate systemic change, promote healing and continue the work of our ancestors by elevating the presence, work and visibility of people from Black, Brown and Diaspora communities. We focus on their inclusion, engagement and raising aspirations.
We are mobilising a shift in the fundamental structures within our community, to ensure our sectors, leaders and decision-makers reflect the communities that live here.
Our plan includes the development of a National Cultural Centre based in Margate. You can support our Crowdfunder for the project here.
We have much work to do, and the work starts now.
29 December 2019 - a group of friends and associates were called together to join a conversation about the Black & Brown community in Margate. People Dem Collective was born. The development of the CIC began
7 June 2020 - People Dem Collective CIC organised 'Margate to Minneapolis' peaceful protest in Margate in solidarity for the murder of George Floyd and the protests in Minneapolis
13 June 2020 - A second peaceful protest was organised across Thanet
3 July 2020 - People Dem Collective curate the Margate NOW Festival
August 2020 - People Dem Collective curate and install the 'Margate to Minneapolis' exhibition at Turner Contemporary
8 August 2020 - People Dem Collective to host the first Black Pride Margate float. Due to COVID-19 this has been postponed to 2021
29 September 2020 - Community fundraising efforts reach £35k to be put towards the operational costs of the National Cultural Centre