Professor Gus John

April 24, 2012

Comment: Boris Johnson and youth violence in London

On April 23rd, The Guardian published an article entitled “Boris Johnson ‚Äėhas done virtually nothing to tackle youth violence‚Äô“. Professor Gus John commented on the news story, saying: Ron Belgrave is finally lifting the lid on the […]
April 22, 2012

Black and minority ethnic staff face ‘disadvantage’

(This article was originally published by the Times Higher Education) Efforts to promote race equality in higher education have petered out and had “little impact”, a conference has heard. Speaking at the British Sociological Association‚Äôs annual conference […]
April 22, 2012

Trinidad and Tobago pays tribute to Geraldine Connor

  Port of Spain is getting ready to celebrate the life and work of Geraldine Connor: the Trinidad-born musicologist, singer and producer will be remembered with two musical tributes in the capital city. The main event, “Geri’s […]
April 21, 2012

School Exclusion Ruins Lives. No Excuses!

On May 16th, professor Gus John will deliver the keynote address at the “School Exclusion Ruins Lives. ¬†No Excuses!” conference. The event,¬†organised by the Communities Empowerment Network¬†(CEN), aims to give a response to the¬†recommendations outlined by CSJ […]
March 23, 2012

Celebrating the life and work of Geraldine Connor

Professor Gus John is proud to invite all of you to the “Gala of Gari“: a celebration of the life and work of Geraldine Connor featuring the words, dance and music that she loved.¬† This special gala […]
March 14, 2012

Moving English Forward?

I find this latest Ofsted report both interesting and worrying. It comes at a time when there is a focus on the disproportionate number of black young people unemployed and the number getting 3 A Levels ‚Äď […]
January 17, 2012

Justice for Stephen but racist murders continue apace

Since the late 1990s and the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report, there has been the popular view that the head of the monster of racism in British society has been exposed and that the nation and its institutions […]
May 27, 2011

Contract killers as young as 15 recruited to do drug syndicates’ dirty work

So, Santre Sanchez Gayle sold his freedom for ¬£10 a year for the next 20 years and won the dubious reputation of being a contract killer at 15.¬† Shocking though it is that his hirers could use […]
April 21, 2009

The state we’re in 10 years after the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry

In February 1999 Sir William Macpherson reported to the then Home Secretary, Jack Straw, on the inquiry he led into matters arising from the murder of Stephen Lawrence almost six years earlier.¬† The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry report, […]
May 20, 2013

Defining the ‚ÄėAfrican family‚Äô in the Global African Diaspora

The Pan-African Congress Movement (PACM) in the UK will observe Africa Liberation Day (ALD) in various cities, notably London and Birmingham, over the weekend 25- 27 May 2013, as it has done annually over many decades.¬† This […]
May 20, 2013

“To the barricades!”

On 13th May 2013, Diane Abbott MP put out a call to the 10th¬†London Schools and the Black Child (LSBC) Conference: “Black Children & Education: After Gove, where next?‚ÄĚ. For the past 13 years, the Communities Empowerment […]
May 14, 2013

Why did they have to rain on our party?

On Tuesday 23 April 2013, at about 3.00pm, serious youth violence in London claimed two lives, that of Derek Boateng who turned 16 that very day and of his 15 year old assailant (who cannot be named […]
May 13, 2013

Tackling school exclusion

Gus John, Chair of the Communities Empowerment Network (CEN) announces another annual report (2012/2013) and sets out the challenges facing this charitable, community-based organization that deals with almost 1,000 school exclusion cases each year: The current education […]
May 3, 2013

A tribute to Prince Joseph Lincoln Burke-Monerville

The following address was delivered at Joseph Burke-Monerville‘s funeral.¬† Condolences to John and Linda, Joseph‚Äôs parents and Jonathan and David, his brothers and all of the Burke-Monerville extended family. If I were to name you all, we‚Äôd […]
April 23, 2013

To iconize and canonize: Stephen Lawrence 20 years later

On 22 April 2013, senior representatives of the British state joined the Lawrence family in marking the 20th¬†anniversary of the murder of 18 year old Stephen Lawrence by white racists.¬†Leaders of the three main political parties and […]
April 20, 2013

What did the Iron Lady do for us?

On April 15th, Vox Africa kindly invited me to take part in their flagship programme “Shoot the Messenger“, where we discussed Baroness¬†Thatcher’s legacy. I was joined in studio by former Mayor of London’s Wandsworth Borough,¬†Chief Lola Ayorinde, […]
April 10, 2013

Paris Brown: sending up a gimmick?

On 8 April 2013 the Evening standard carried a story about Paris Brown who having been appointed as a youth police commissioner by Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, one week earlier at a cost to […]
March 25, 2013

The exclusion epidemic that won’t go away

Black Caribbean boys are three times more likely to be excluded from state schools than their classmates, a study has found. The Children‚Äôs Commission report, They Go The Extra Mile, published on March 20, established an ‚Äúunacceptably […]

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