Professor Gus John

October 15, 2014

Book review: ‘Black British Intellectuals and Education’

It is not for nothing that the arrival of the ship Empire Windrush at Tilbury port in East London on 22 June 1948 is seen by many commentators as marking the start of the growth of the […]
September 26, 2014

Launch of Black History Month in Wales

On September 26th, Prof Gus John delivered the following speech – entitled ‘The Past in the Present: Working Together to Make the Future We Face the Future We Want for Wales‘ – at the Riverfront Theatre and […]
August 27, 2014

SBL… and things that are defined as real

If anyone were to suggest to SBL members that that acronym translates as a ‘Stinking Bunch of Layabouts – who cannot be depended upon to act with integrity’, rather than the Society of Black Lawyers, there would […]
July 31, 2014

Global African Diaspora: transforming the state we’re in?

This article aims to explore the structural position of the Global African Diaspora population in Britain as related to the economy, education, employment, criminal justice and political representation. It examines the decline of social movements and of […]
July 28, 2014

London’s Black Cultural Archives Opens Its Doors

There was an extraordinary buzz in Brixton that lasted 7 hours on Thursday 24 July 2014 as the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) opened its doors to the world. Situated at 1 Windrush Square in an elegantly refurbished […]
June 18, 2014

‘Trojan Horse’ brings a Packhorse of British Values into Every School

David Cameron made a jingoistic statement about ‘British values’ last weekend in the wake of the ‘Trojan Horse’ debacle and Ofsted’s ‘extremism’ inspection findings on 21 schools in Birmingham, findings in respect of 5 of them that […]
June 7, 2014

‘Trojan Horses’ and Policing ‘Extremism’ in Schools

What happens in a secular schooling system when, free from ‘the shackles’ of elected local government, parents exercise the choice the state gives them and their school chooses to reflect its community’s aspirations in the way it […]
June 6, 2014

Barbados Remembers Winston Best

Barbados paid tribute to Athelston Winston Best at a memorial service held at the Clifton Hill Moravian Church, St Thomas, on Thursday 5th June 2014 at 3.30pm. Winston Best passed on at Whipps Cross Hospital at 7.00pm on […]
June 3, 2014

The SRA responds to Independent Comparative Case Review Report

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has published its response to my ICCR report which it published in March 2014 and committed itself to taking action to tackle disproportionality in regulatory action and outcomes for BME solicitors. Outlining the range […]
June 3, 2014

Margaret Busby on Sam Greenlee

I have been struggling to find words worthy enough to express my gratitude to Margaret Busby for her obituary on Sam Greenlee. I suppose that like me, most people’s only mental and lived association with Greenlee is […]
May 15, 2014

Professor Emeritus Norman Girvan (1941- 2014)

It is with great sadness that I learnt in April of the passing of a great comrade and friend, Professor Norman Girvan. I had just finished conducting the funeral of another life-long comrade and friend, Winston Best, […]
May 1, 2014

Stomping the Moral High Ground

On 21 February 2014, I submitted to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) my report of the independent comparative case review they had commissioned in 2012 with the following terms of reference: “to identify whether there is disparity […]
December 18, 2014

Bullying in higher education

  We should be worried about the competence of those running our universities, says Gus John, who identifies three reasons why bullying goes unchecked in academia. The results of the Guardian higher education network’s survey on bullying […]
December 5, 2014

What has Cyril Burt got to do with black boys?

“I always felt that a scientist owes the world only one thing, and that is the truth as he sees it. If the truth contradicts deeply held beliefs, that is too bad. Tact and diplomacy are fine […]
December 1, 2014

CEN Annual Report: a note from Prof Gus John

Compulsory Schooling and the Urgent Need to Safeguard Children’s and Parents’ Rights The Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) has just concluded a public consultation on a rights-based approach to education. CEN welcomes and has responded to […]
November 27, 2014

After Trojan Horse: Ofsted on the gallop

The Trojan Horse debacle has highlighted more than any other issue in recent memory just what kind of schooling and education system we have and how utterly inappropriate the in-built measures for assessing and guaranteeing quality actually […]
November 23, 2014

Patriotism in Black and White

There is something very instructive about the events that unfolded in Rochester last week. For me, the most disturbing and dangerous is the reaction to Emily Thornberry’s tweet. Disturbing, because of the assumptions that underlie the popular narrative. […]
November 21, 2014

The RSA Supplementary Schools Investigation

This comment is in response to a request from the Royal Society of Arts to join a group of 20 ‘experts’ and advise on a new ‘investigation’ into Supplementary Schools. To place my comments in context, let […]
November 11, 2014

Unveiling of African and Caribbean War Memorial

Prof Gus John delivered the following speech at the unveiling ceremony of the War Memorial to African & Caribbean Servicemen and Women in Brixton, London: Before I pour Libation and acknowledge the spirit of all those Africans who […]
November 1, 2014

The Intriguing Edit

The Diversity League Table 2014 – Editorial Censored? This editorial for the Black Solicitors Network’s Diversity League Table journal is the edited version of a feature interview with Professor Gus John for the Diversity League Table 2014. […]
October 15, 2014

Book review: ‘Black British Intellectuals and Education’

It is not for nothing that the arrival of the ship Empire Windrush at Tilbury port in East London on 22 June 1948 is seen by many commentators as marking the start of the growth of the […]

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