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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 protégé 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 21, 2013

SRA report shows small improvement in staff diversity

This article was edited and published by LawCareers.Net The Solicitors Regulation Authority‘s (SRA) annual equality report has this year shown a small improvement in the diversity of its own employees. Black and minority ethnic (BME) staff now […]
May 25, 2013

Defining the ‘African family’ – your comments

Following the publication of “Defining the ‘African family’ in the Global African Diaspora“,  many of you have been e-mailing me to share your comments on some of the points I raised. One of the most significant contributions […]

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