I am delighted that Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, has made a statement welcoming Black History Month which begins tomorrow. I had a hand in this! (more…)
The 36,000 people who signed the Mary Seacole petition were thanked today. They were instrumental in securing victory after education secretary Michael Gove unveiled the new schools curriculum. In addition, the number of MPs of all parties, who signed the Commons early day motion had climbed to 72 before yesterday's announcement. A full list of MPs is included below. (more…)
I've just stumbled across a video of the Hackney Liberal Democrat debate on Black History Month recorded last month. You can watch it below. With fellow guests: Pauline Pearce (event organiser), Chris Richards, Anuja Prashar and chairman for the event Simon de Deney. (more…)
Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of speaking at a Hackney Liberal Democrat debate entitled 'Black History Month: Is It Just a Token Gesture?' It was a lively, positive and heartfelt discussion. Please find below a video of my opening statement before the Q&A (apologies for the sound quality!) (more…)
I was delighted to take part in a studio debate about Black History Month on the Pan-African TV network Vox Africa. Please find the links below to watch the Hotseat show with presenter Akintayo. My fellow guests were businessman Romeo Effs, solicitor Bridgette York and Simon Woolley from Operation Black Vote. The show is divided into three videos, part one, part two and part three. My thanks to Vox Africa for staging this debate, ...
Three little words can mean so much... and so little. Black History Month, like that other famous three worded phrase, can be said with genuine love and passion. It can also be insincere. Some people even have trouble saying it due to internalised issues they can barely grasp. (more…)
Black History Month has always had its' haters, mostly those with a colour blindspot for the absence of the true African story in 'mainstream' history books. For me, the plethora of BHM events has always proven an annual motivator to deepen my knowledge of the events and personalities that have helped shape this world for the better. (more…)