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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 […]
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 protégé of Martin Luther King Jr and is more than qualified […]

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