Talks

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 28, 2013

Book review: “Black Star – Britain’s Asian Youth Movements”

“Civil liberties, from a working class point of view, are about having the space in which to engage in political struggle – to organise alternative bases of power which can lead to the transformation of society, to […]
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 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 […]
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 22, 2013

Making History by Reclaiming ‘Black History’

This short paper is my contribution to the ongoing debate about the future of Black History Month in the UK.  It is in response to the ‘Position Paper’ written by Nubian Jack for discussion at the meeting […]
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 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 […]
December 5, 2012

Time for a National Black Footballers Association

High profile racist incidents during premium league games in recent times have led to more open public debate about racist abuse of black players by white players and fans. Such sort of practice has been commonplace in professional […]

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