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May 20, 2013

Defining the ‘African family’ in the Global African Diaspora

The Pan-African Congress Movement (PACM) in the UK will observe Africa Liberation Day (ALD) in various cities, notably London and Birmingham, over the weekend 25- 27 May 2013, as it has done annually over many decades.  This […]
May 20, 2013

“To the barricades!”

On 13th May 2013, Diane Abbott MP put out a call to the 10th London Schools and the Black Child (LSBC) Conference: “Black Children & Education: After Gove, where next?”. For the past 13 years, the Communities Empowerment […]
May 14, 2013

Why did they have to rain on our party?

On Tuesday 23 April 2013, at about 3.00pm, serious youth violence in London claimed two lives, that of Derek Boateng who turned 16 that very day and of his 15 year old assailant (who cannot be named […]
May 13, 2013

Tackling school exclusion

Gus John, Chair of the Communities Empowerment Network (CEN) announces another annual report (2012/2013) and sets out the challenges facing this charitable, community-based organization that deals with almost 1,000 school exclusion cases each year: The current education […]
May 3, 2013

A tribute to Prince Joseph Lincoln Burke-Monerville

The following address was delivered at Joseph Burke-Monerville‘s funeral.  Condolences to John and Linda, Joseph’s parents and Jonathan and David, his brothers and all of the Burke-Monerville extended family. If I were to name you all, we’d […]
April 23, 2013

To iconize and canonize: Stephen Lawrence 20 years later

On 22 April 2013, senior representatives of the British state joined the Lawrence family in marking the 20th anniversary of the murder of 18 year old Stephen Lawrence by white racists. Leaders of the three main political parties and […]
April 10, 2013

Paris Brown: sending up a gimmick?

On 8 April 2013 the Evening standard carried a story about Paris Brown who having been appointed as a youth police commissioner by Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, one week earlier at a cost to […]
March 16, 2013

Is Oxford University biased against BME applicants?

Earlier this month, professor Gus John went on the Islam Channel to comment on a news story published by The Guardian, where  Oxford University was accused of “institutional bias” against the admission of black and minority ethnic (BME) […]
March 1, 2013

My highlights: History, Education, and Policing

The week of 18 February 2013 offered many opportunities for reminiscing, reflection, critical analysis and for planning collective action on a number of fronts, history, education and race and policing and community security among them. On Wednesday […]
February 28, 2013

Play the accordion with Sir Michael Wilshaw

Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of Ofsted, is passionately committed to closing the gap between high performing schools and those struggling to deliver meaningful and saleable schooling outcomes to children. He rightly identifies school leadership as a key […]
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 […]

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