Geraldine Connor

June 18, 2018

Open Letter to Prime Minister Theresa May

  Dear Prime Minister  It was with both surprise and utter bemusement that I received your invitation to the above. We in this country have become used to foreign heads of state and leaders of movements being […]
April 7, 2018

Brickbats and Bouquets Government Style

Brickbats and Bouquets Government Style The comment below is what I wrote at the beginning of April in response to an invitation to a service in Westminster Abbey in June to mark 70 years of the arrival of […]
April 7, 2018

70th Anniversary of Windrush 1948

Let Us Pray The British has a quaint way of marking anniversaries. With or without pomp and ceremony, the state invites the nation to join it in prayer, often for those whose anniversary it is marking, but […]
August 24, 2017

New Archivist vacancy at Black Cultural Archives

Preserving the Heritage of the African Diaspora This week, the George Padmore Institute is interviewing to select an Assistant Archivist. I wrote this below in relation to the GPI advert. Both these Archives are supported by public […]
August 23, 2017

Why No Black Archivists?

Preserving the Heritage of the African Diaspora The George Padmore Institute (GPI) website states: The GPI was set up in 1991 by a group of people connected with New Beacon Books, Britain’s first black publisher and bookshop. […]
July 12, 2017

After Grenfell
Lay Off the Carnival

  Challenge the assault on Carnival through criminalisation and the criminal neglect of the public safety aspect of the Notting Hill Carnival. Those responsible for Grenfell and Hillsborough need to invest in the Carnival’s safety not use […]
June 23, 2017

‘Remembered’:
Lest They Forget

  Lest They Forget Africans Serving Under the British Flag in Two World Wars Semper in faecibus sumus, solum profundum variat “A luta continua… … A vitória é certa” The relationship between Africa, the African Diaspora and […]
June 22, 2017

Unveiling the African and Caribbean War Memorial

The memorial comprises two obelisks in Scottish whinstone, resting on a 12 foot pyramid shaped plinth of Ancaster Limestone, weighing just over 5 tonnes. It sits in Windrush Square, Brixton, in the London Borough of Lambeth. June […]
May 31, 2017

Open Letter to
Theresa May

Dear Madame President, Beyond the Pale When last did you see your husband naked? And what if Jeremy Corbyn had dared to direct cheap jibes at you in a similar vein? He would without doubt have been […]
April 1, 2017

India woos Africa while Africans face murder and mayhem in India

There has been shock and revulsion in Africa and its Diaspora over recent reports of racist mob violence against Africans in India. Meanwhile, the Indian government is jockeying with China to capture Africa’s natural resources and to […]
February 14, 2017

The Securitisation of Schooling

On 8 February 2017, news broke that two comprehensive schools in England were trialling teachers wearing police-style body cameras as a way of dealing with disruptive students. One of the schools is said to have a history […]
February 8, 2017

Blacks Britannica
Revisited

The British Film Institute screened it on 28 January 2017 as part of its African Odysseys season to a full house and could easily have accommodated all those it turned away in a bigger space. Directed and […]
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 […]
April 22, 2012

Trinidad and Tobago pays tribute to Geraldine Connor

  Port of Spain is getting ready to celebrate the life and work of Geraldine Connor: the Trinidad-born musicologist, singer and producer will be remembered with two musical tributes in the capital city. The main event, “Geri’s […]
April 15, 2012

Britain honours Dr Geraldine Connor

Two gala events were recently held at the Theatre Royal in Stratford and the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, to honour the late Dr Geraldine Connor, director, a celebrated Trinidad-born musicologist, singer and producer for her contribution to […]
March 23, 2012

Celebrating the life and work of Geraldine Connor

Professor Gus John is proud to invite all of you to the “Gala of Gari“: a celebration of the life and work of Geraldine Connor featuring the words, dance and music that she loved.  This special gala […]
November 1, 2011

Eulogy to Geraldine Roxanne Connor

I feel deeply honoured to have been asked by Geraldine’s family to deliver this eulogy. I have undertaken many an assignment in my day, but none with such foreboding as this.  For, how does one do justice […]

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