Speeches

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 […]
November 29, 2011

Black, Asian, minority ethnic communities and inner city riots

The following speech was delivered at the “Beyond the Unrest – Community Safety & Civil Society” seminar, promoted by the BME Leadership & Engagement project, on November 29th, 2011. The subject I have been asked to address […]
November 26, 2011

Riots: The People, the State and the Media

Prof. Gus John gave the keynote address at the Media and the Riots Conference’s Big Debate event on Saturday, November 26th, 2011, at the London College of Communication. The full text of his speech: I thank Marc Wadsworth and his team for […]
November 8, 2011

Forging a Future for Young People in London

The following speech was delivered at the “Young People and Opportunity: a Vision for London” conference, promoted by the Institute of Education, on November 8th, 2011. In 2005, as part of the Canada-UK Colloquium on cities and […]
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 […]
June 18, 2011

Launching ‘The Case for a Learner’s Charter for Schools’

The launch event of “The Case for a Learner’s Charter for Schools” was hosted by the National Union of Teachers on 17 June 2011. In his presentation, professor Gus John passionately explained the importance of keeping children at […]
February 12, 2010

Tribute to Ruby Inniss

Professor Gus John paid his tribute to Ruby Inniss on February 12th 2010, in the Church of  the Ascension, Hulme, Manchester.  I greet Mama’s entire family and you, my brothers and sisters. I first met Mama in […]
June 24, 2009

Global Majority Contributors to Educational Excellence

The following keynote address was delivered during the launch of the Black Teachers Network, on June 24th, 2009, at the London Centre for Leadership in Learning.  We stand here at a historical moment, a ‘Yes, We Can’ […]
January 26, 2009

Black and ethnic minority leaders and managers of learning communities

The following keynote address was delivered on January 26th, 2009.  That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy […]

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