Talks

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 […]
November 1, 2012

Intercultural dialogue between Europe and Islam

On October 31st, professor Gus John delivered a research seminar entitled “Intercultural Dialogue and Mutual Respect between Europe and Islam – The challenge for Education” at the University of Birmingham. Here is the lecture in full: Let me […]
October 16, 2012

Book review: Remaking the Niger Delta

At the launch of his latest book – “Remaking the Niger Delta: Challenges and Opportunities” – in the Nigeria city of Lagos, Kingsley Kuku thanked Professor Gus John for editing the manuscript and helping to get it ready for printing. […]
October 15, 2012

CEN releases its annual report

Communities Empowerment Network (CEN) has spent another year supporting vulnerable children and their often bewildered parents in the face of institutional practices in schooling that are often demeaning, unfair, discriminatory and damaging to the life chances and […]
September 28, 2012

Mending Broken Britain? Education’s Response

Last February, Professor Gus John delivered a keynote address at the “Mending Broken Britain? Education’s Response” Conference, which was organised by Curriculum Enrichment for the Common Era (CE4CE) and sponsored by Birmingham City University. Against the background of the […]
September 27, 2012

Gus John pays tribute to Bob Marley & The Wailers

On September 8th, Gus John attended the Bob Marley & The Wailers Heritage Blue Plaque Commemorative Unveiling Ceremony at 15, The Circle, Neasden and paid his tribute to the reggae legends with the following feature address: It gives me great […]
April 25, 2012

Gus John addresses Lib-Dems’ Race Equality Task Force

On April 25th, professor Gus John was invited to address the Liberal Democrats‘ Race Equality Task Force in the Houses of Parliament. His presentation – entitled ‘The role of schooling and education in building social cohesion and combating […]
December 18, 2011

Gus John’s speech at the Brahma Kumaris Meditation Space

The following speech was delivered by prof. Gus John on December 18th, 2011, during the opening of the Brahma Kumaris Meditation Space at Bizspace. I greet you all in Peace and with Love. Greetings to Sister Jayanti […]

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