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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 […]
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 […]

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