Professor Gus John

August 8, 2018

Batting Away the Windrush Scandal

What he did not say and what his predecessor had claimed to have no knowledge of, was that the government had targeted the so-called Windrush generation in full knowledge that for a variety of complex reasons many […]
August 8, 2018

Apprehending Youth Violence (3/3):
Empowerment & Advocacy

Empowerment & Advocacy Apprehending Youth Violence (3/3) Apprehending Youth Violence (1/3): Youth Work Apprehending Youth Violence (2/3): Additional Evidence to Youth Commission   Alternative education provision is now a lucrative industry and a staple in the schooling […]
August 8, 2018

Apprehending Youth Violence (2/3):
Additional Evidence

Additional evidence to Youth Violence Commission Apprehending Youth Violence (2/3) Apprehending Youth Violence: Youth Work (1/3) Apprehending Youth Violence: Empowerment & Advocacy (3/3)   What role can early years support play in reducing levels of youth violence? […]
August 8, 2018

Apprehending Youth Violence (1/3):
Youth Work

Youth Work Apprehending Youth Violence (1/3) Apprehending Youth Violence (2/3): Additional Evidence to Youth Commission Apprehending Youth Violence (3/3): Empowerment & Advocacy Brexit signals even deeper divisions and segregation in the society on the axis of race […]
June 18, 2018

Open Letter to Prime Minister Theresa May

  Dear Prime Minister  It was with both surprise and utter bemusement that I received your invitation to the above. We in this country have become used to foreign heads of state and leaders of movements being […]
April 7, 2018

Brickbats and Bouquets Government Style

Brickbats and Bouquets Government Style The comment below is what I wrote at the beginning of April in response to an invitation to a service in Westminster Abbey in June to mark 70 years of the arrival of […]
April 7, 2018

70th Anniversary of Windrush 1948

Let Us Pray The British has a quaint way of marking anniversaries. With or without pomp and ceremony, the state invites the nation to join it in prayer, often for those whose anniversary it is marking, but […]
October 27, 2017

Building A Turbulent Future

First, let me say how much I welcome the opportunity to join you as you add to the rich tapestry we continue to weave in British Social History through your crucial intervention in the matter of the […]
August 24, 2017

New Archivist vacancy at Black Cultural Archives

Preserving the Heritage of the African Diaspora This week, the George Padmore Institute is interviewing to select an Assistant Archivist. I wrote this below in relation to the GPI advert. Both these Archives are supported by public […]
August 23, 2017

Why No Black Archivists?

Preserving the Heritage of the African Diaspora The George Padmore Institute (GPI) website states: The GPI was set up in 1991 by a group of people connected with New Beacon Books, Britain’s first black publisher and bookshop. […]
July 12, 2017

After Grenfell
Lay Off the Carnival

  Challenge the assault on Carnival through criminalisation and the criminal neglect of the public safety aspect of the Notting Hill Carnival. Those responsible for Grenfell and Hillsborough need to invest in the Carnival’s safety not use […]
June 23, 2017

‘Remembered’:
Lest They Forget

  Lest They Forget Africans Serving Under the British Flag in Two World Wars Semper in faecibus sumus, solum profundum variat “A luta continua… … A vitória é certa” The relationship between Africa, the African Diaspora and […]
August 24, 2017

New Archivist vacancy at Black Cultural Archives

Preserving the Heritage of the African Diaspora This week, the George Padmore Institute is interviewing to select an Assistant Archivist. I wrote this below in relation to the GPI advert. Both these Archives are supported by public […]
August 23, 2017

Why No Black Archivists?

Preserving the Heritage of the African Diaspora The George Padmore Institute (GPI) website states: The GPI was set up in 1991 by a group of people connected with New Beacon Books, Britain’s first black publisher and bookshop. […]
July 12, 2017

After Grenfell
Lay Off the Carnival

  Challenge the assault on Carnival through criminalisation and the criminal neglect of the public safety aspect of the Notting Hill Carnival. Those responsible for Grenfell and Hillsborough need to invest in the Carnival’s safety not use […]
June 23, 2017

‘Remembered’:
Lest They Forget

  Lest They Forget Africans Serving Under the British Flag in Two World Wars Semper in faecibus sumus, solum profundum variat “A luta continua… … A vitória é certa” The relationship between Africa, the African Diaspora and […]
June 22, 2017

Unveiling the African and Caribbean War Memorial

The memorial comprises two obelisks in Scottish whinstone, resting on a 12 foot pyramid shaped plinth of Ancaster Limestone, weighing just over 5 tonnes. It sits in Windrush Square, Brixton, in the London Borough of Lambeth. June […]
May 31, 2017

Open Letter to
Theresa May

Dear Madame President, Beyond the Pale When last did you see your husband naked? And what if Jeremy Corbyn had dared to direct cheap jibes at you in a similar vein? He would without doubt have been […]
April 1, 2017

India woos Africa while Africans face murder and mayhem in India

There has been shock and revulsion in Africa and its Diaspora over recent reports of racist mob violence against Africans in India. Meanwhile, the Indian government is jockeying with China to capture Africa’s natural resources and to […]
February 14, 2017

The Securitisation of Schooling

On 8 February 2017, news broke that two comprehensive schools in England were trialling teachers wearing police-style body cameras as a way of dealing with disruptive students. One of the schools is said to have a history […]
February 8, 2017

Blacks Britannica
Revisited

The British Film Institute screened it on 28 January 2017 as part of its African Odysseys season to a full house and could easily have accommodated all those it turned away in a bigger space. Directed and […]

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