Professor Gus John

November 19, 2013

Barbados thanks God for Margaret Thatcher

Two church events took place in Barbados on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November respectively, each in thanksgiving and celebration of a life and in each case, a life lived in Britain. On Saturday 16 November, at […]
November 9, 2013

Free schools failing on equalities, new research shows

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) has published new research that shows that free schools are failing to comply with statutory requirements on equality. The research appears soon after the recent Ofsted inspection of the Al-Madinah free school […]
November 3, 2013

Where Now for Black History Month?

Most every year at this time, a debate ensues about the purpose, merits and direction of Black History Month (BHM), a debate fuelled in the main by frustration about the focus of BHM programmes over the preceding […]
October 25, 2013

Educating the British: Gove, choice and free schools

Much has been made about the spat between deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and education secretary Michael Gove regarding the latter’s plan to liberate Free Schools and increase their numbers by authorising them to employ non-qualified teachers […]
October 16, 2013

Jessica Huntley, veteran political and cultural activist dies at 86

London mourns the passing of one of its inveterate activists in the struggle for social liberation and against racism in schooling and education. Jessica Huntley, co-founder and director of Bogle-L’Ouverture Publications and bookstore in West Ealing, passed […]
September 23, 2013

‘The Black Vote’: Public Discourses in the Public Sphere

In this blog, I return to the subject of my last: ‘The Black Vote’ and the 2015 General Election. It is clear that Operation Black Vote (OBV) was not well pleased with the blog. Indeed, OBV director Simon Woolley […]
September 14, 2013

‘The Black Vote’ and the 2015 General Election

The Reverend Jesse Jackson (pictured above) came to town last week to support Operation Black Vote’s (OBV) voter registration campaign. The veteran civil rights activist was a protĂ©gĂ© of Martin Luther King Jr and is more than qualified […]
September 7, 2013

Gus John is now on Facebook!

Professor Gus John has now a page on Facebook. There, you will find all his latest posts, speeches and lectures, as well as information on events that he will be attending. 
August 28, 2013

50 years after Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ Speech

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. These famous words, the […]
August 10, 2013

‘Go Home or Face Arrest’: promoting ‘community cohesion’ in ‘post racial’ Britain?

The year is 1990. The place, Hackney in East London. A man is walking along Homerton High Street accompanied by his children whom he is taking to join the public library. A builder’s truck passes by and […]
August 4, 2013

Racism, tokenism and totemism: the disturbing case of Doreen Lawrence

In April this year I wrote a blog which I titled ‘To Iconize and Canonize – the State We’re In 20 Years after the Murder of Stephen Lawrence‘. In that article, I examined the process of iconizing […]
July 23, 2013

When Stephen met Trayvon

Stephen Lawrence – 1993 to 2013 and continuing
 Trayvon Martin – 2012 to 2013 and continuing… So, who will guard and police the guards? Who and what are those guards protecting and on whose behalf? When does ‘neighbourhood watch’ […]
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 10, 2014

Uncovering the truth of Walter Rodney’s ‘assassination’

The following article was published by The Voice on May 4th, 2014 A COMMITTEE to aid an inquiry into the alleged assassination of prominent international activist Walter Rodney has called for “vigilance” to insure the investigation uncovers […]
May 8, 2014

John rages at ‘illiterate rantings’ of diversity report critics

The following article was published by The Law Society Gazette on April 8th, 2014 The author of a report clearing the Solicitors Regulation Authority of institutional racism has hit back at the ‘wild and baseless claims’ of […]
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 […]
April 26, 2014

Panic over ‘Islamists’ in Birmingham schools is blatant racism

The following article was published by Socialist Worker on April 22nd, 2014. A wave of Islamophobic panic has followed claims that “Islamists” are plotting to take over Birmingham schools. And in the wake of the controversy, hated […]
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 […]

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