Talks

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 […]
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 20, 2016

Cy Grant and
Reclaiming Art and Culture from the Western Supremacist Paradigm

  What I want to do in the time I have is to situate Cy’s cultural activism, which also defined his journey, within the wider movement in our post-War project of ‘Changing Britannia’. A movement in which […]
August 27, 2016

Denying Children’s Rights
By Stealth

  n 24 April 2013 we published our Year 2 report “Always Someone Else’s Problem” on illegal exclusions. Supported by a survey of teachers, it details the scale and nature of children illegally excluded. At a conservative […]
July 5, 2016

Black Lawyers Matter pt. II

University of Manchester Seminar, 5 May 2016 Notes from Prof Gus John PART TWO Black Lawyers Matter Greetings, Manchester! First of all, let me apologise that I cannot join you as I have had to take the […]
July 5, 2016

Black Lawyers Matter

University of Manchester Seminar, 5 May 2016 Black Lawyers Matter Greetings, Manchester! First of all, let me apologise that I cannot join you as I have had to take the opportunity to slot into an important out-patient’s […]
June 3, 2016

Trevor Phillips’ Route to
‘Active Integration’

  nyone reading the recent ‘Civitas’ publication Race and Faith: The Deafening Silence by Trevor Phillips (with commentaries from David Goodhart and Jon Gower Davies) who knew nothing about Phillips, could be forgiven for assuming that he was […]
May 7, 2016

Where Are the Black Law Students?

  PART ONE This is a timely and very important conversation which engages with the perennial issue of under- and over-representation of black males, especially in secondary and tertiary education generally as well as in specific disciplines. […]
November 21, 2014

The RSA Supplementary Schools Investigation

This comment is in response to a request from the Royal Society of Arts to join a group of 20 ‘experts’ and advise on a new ‘investigation’ into Supplementary Schools. To place my comments in context, let […]
November 11, 2014

Unveiling of African and Caribbean War Memorial

Prof Gus John delivered the following speech at the unveiling ceremony of the War Memorial to African & Caribbean Servicemen and Women in Brixton, London: Before I pour Libation and acknowledge the spirit of all those Africans who […]
October 15, 2014

Book review: ‘Black British Intellectuals and Education’

It is not for nothing that the arrival of the ship Empire Windrush at Tilbury port in East London on 22 June 1948 is seen by many commentators as marking the start of the growth of the […]

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