Speeches

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 […]
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 […]
September 26, 2014

Launch of Black History Month in Wales

On September 26th, Prof Gus John delivered the following speech – entitled ‘The Past in the Present: Working Together to Make the Future We Face the Future We Want for Wales‘ – at the Riverfront Theatre and […]
December 2, 2013

The Alfred Fagon Award 2013

Each age has its own part to play in its destiny, its own mark to leave on time.  Each generation has its own mission to fulfil or betray. Frantz Fanon On Friday 29 November, I had the […]
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 […]
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 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: 
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 […]