Professor Gus John

March 29, 2014

A tribute to Athelston Winston Best

It is impossible to speak or write about the British schooling system and its engagement with the post-war Black presence these last 50 years without calling the name, Winston Best, over and over again.  Without doubt, Winston […]
March 18, 2014

Independent Comparative Case Review published

In 2013, the report of the most comprehensive review of Legal Education and Training (LETR) for 30 years was published.  That report was commissioned by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the […]
March 8, 2014

Policing by contempt

So, finally the home secretary is ordering a judge-led inquiry into the activities of undercover police and their corrupt practices. We in the black community have argued since the 1960s that there is a thin dividing line between […]
February 6, 2014

Independence in Schooling, Except from Gove!

There is a stirring in the soul of Michael Gove that does not augur well for the nation’s children and the schools to which parents are legally bound to send them. The Secretary of State appears to want […]
January 23, 2014

Forward Ever: The Killing of A Revolution

On 25 October 1983, Ronald Reagan sent 8,000 members of the US Armed Forces to invade Grenada, an island with a population of just over 100,000 people, in an operation which he named ‘American Fury’. It is an […]
January 11, 2014

Guns, Young Black Males and the Two-Headed Monster

The Mark Duggan inquest verdict has stoked deep seated anger about the now familiar pattern of no criminal prosecutions being brought against those responsible for the deaths of black people while in the custody of the state. […]
January 7, 2014

Making the future we face the future Britain we want

In 1970, a full thirty years before The Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, sponsored by the Runnymede Trust and Chaired by Professor Bhiku Parekh published its report (which was speedily buried by the British establishment), […]
January 5, 2014

Obituary: Richard (Dick) Hart, 1917-2013

We mourn Richard Hart who joined the Ancestors after a long life of struggle for workers’ and peasants’ rights and against colonialism and neo-colonialism. Dick as he was popularly known, was a founder member and Honorary President of […]
December 23, 2013

Redeeming the Heirs of Apartheid?

‘She has been dubbed Mandela’s rock’. So began a report by David Smith in The Observer on 15 December 2013 of an interview he did with Zelda la Grange, Mandela’s ‘closest aide’. Staying with the prevailing theme […]
December 11, 2013

Mandela! Mandela!

The people of South Africa honoured the Father of their reclaimed nation on a world stage yesterday. In doing so, they honoured themselves, their suffering, their struggle of resistance against apartheid and their determination to realise Mandela’s […]
December 8, 2013

Mandela: Goodness Personified, Terrorism Purified!

There appears to be an unwritten code of conduct in most societies I know that you speak good of the dead or hold your peace and let them rest in peace. In the last few days I […]
December 2, 2013

The Alfred Fagon Award 2013

Each age has its own part to play in its destiny, its own mark to leave on time.  Each generation has its own mission to fulfil or betray. Frantz Fanon On Friday 29 November, I had 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 […]
August 3, 2014

Professor Gus John excels in GDIL lecture

On the 15th May, the Faculty of Business, Environment and Society (BES) of Coventry University was especially privileged to welcome the UK’s doyen of cross-cultural education, equality and human rights, Professor Gus John, as the distinguished speaker for […]
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 11, 2014

Birmingham schools: have extremists taken over?

Earlier this month, the school’s regulator OFSTED released their report on 21 Birmingham schools, after allegations of pupils being vulnerable to ‘Islamic extremism’. It was triggered by a mysterious letter stating that a small group of Islamic […]
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 […]

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