Stephen Lawrence – Professor Gus John

Stephen Lawrence

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 […]
December 7, 2016

50 Years of New Beacon Books:
Changing Britannia through Arts & Activism

A Public Lecture at the British Library to Mark 50 Years of New Beacon Books 3 December 2016   riends and Comrades! It is a privilege and an honour to deliver this lecture to mark 50 Years […]
November 26, 2016

The Special Relationship pt. IV
Unite Against Attacks
on Our Freedom

  When Mair appeared at Westminster magistrates’ court after the murder and was asked to identify himself, he told the court: “My name is death to traitors, freedom for Britain.” Asked to repeat his answer, he did […]
March 14, 2014

SRA ‘not racist’ but black solicitors treated harshly

The Independent newspaper published the article below on 14/03/2014. The body that investigates solicitors has been cleared of institutional racism despite an independent inquiry concluding that it disproportionately pursues black and minority ethnic (BME) lawyers for alleged wrongdoing. […]
March 8, 2014

Policing by contempt

So, finally the home secretary is ordering a judge-led inquiry into the activities of undercover police and their corrupt practices. We in the black community have argued since the 1960s that there is a thin dividing line between […]
January 11, 2014

Guns, Young Black Males and the Two-Headed Monster

The Mark Duggan inquest verdict has stoked deep seated anger about the now familiar pattern of no criminal prosecutions being brought against those responsible for the deaths of black people while in the custody of the state. […]
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 7, 2013

Why Doreen Lawrence’s peerage could harm the Stephen Lawrence cause

Now that Doreen Lawrence has been made a life peer, her canonisation by the British establishment is pretty much complete. But while her undoubted achievements are lauded by the entire British political class, other campaigns related to racist […]
August 5, 2013

Doreen Lawrence’s Gain Is Black Britain’s Loss

IN THE past few days, I have had many people from the Global African Diaspora, women especially, express their delight that ‘Doreen is now the Right Honourable Baroness Lawrence’ and that ‘there is one more of us […]
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’ […]
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 […]

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