Professor Gus John

February 22, 2013

An eulogy to Willis Wilkie

Every day in every community, ordinary working people do extraordinary acts of great selflessness and courage in the service of their community. We tend to hear and write about luminaries and celebrities and not about them. I […]
February 16, 2013

Government taking a back seat in racism battle

On February 12, professor Gus John visited Sky News’ studios for an interview where  he accused the coalition government of taking a back seat in the fight against racism in football. The following article was published on […]
February 9, 2013

Jayne Cortez: one last word

On February 6th, professor Gus John joined Jayne Cortez’s friends and fellow poets, writers and performers in New York to celebrate her life and work. Here’s Gus John’s tribute, which was read out during the ceremony: 
February 9, 2013

Gus John joins Jayne Cortez celebration

It was a huge honour to be invited to join Jayne Cortez’s friends and fellow poets, writers and performers at the celebration of her life in New York on Wednesday, 6 February 2013. The celebration took place […]
February 5, 2013

In loving memory of Jayne Cortez (1936–2012)

  ayne Cortez celebrated her 80th birthday on 10 May in the realm of her ascended ancestors. To mark the occasion, Gus John reproduces the poem he delivered at the end of his tribute to Jane at […]
February 2, 2013

‘The university professor is always white’

Rachel Williams’ disturbing feature (‘The university professor is always white’) comes at a time when this government is hell bent on removing the public sector equality duty from the compliance requirements of the Equality Act 2010. Already, […]
January 27, 2013

New World Steel Orchestra: a goodwill message

It gives me great pleasure to publish this message, marking the achievements of the New World Steel Orchestra (NWSO) in Chapeltown Leeds in 2012. Among those achievements were the massive contribution they made to the celebration of […]
January 11, 2013

Repeating the lessons of History by failing to learn from them

On Monday 29 December 2012, just as many in the nation were reflecting on the closing year and hoping that better would come in 2013, the Daily Mail published an article indicating that worse would continue and […]
January 6, 2013

Three Cheers for Kevin-Prince Boateng

AC Milan’s friendly match against fourth-tier side Pro Patria was abandoned less than half way into the game when midfielder Boateng took off his short and walked off the pitch in protest against racist chants from Pro […]
January 5, 2013

Jayne Cortez: one last tribute

We mourn our sister’s passing and give the Creator thanks for her purposeful and inspirational life that enriched us so very much and made us so much stronger and more resolute in struggle. She was in every […]
December 30, 2012

Jayne Cortez: A Star is Dimmed

It is with profound sadness that I write about the passing of Jayne Cortez, globally renowned poet and cultural activist and a dear friend of the International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books and […]
December 22, 2012

Black football players: victims or or protagonists?

What is it about football as a sport that makes it so difficult for those who control and regulate it to even conceive that black players could exercise their right to self-organisation and self-defence against the racism […]
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 […]
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 […]

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