Do we need community leaders?

I took part in a fascinating live debate on last nights’ Dotun Adebayo BBC London show on the subject of leadership. (more…)

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Rediscovering the mountain top, reimagining the promised land

Posted on August 20, 2012

Next week Tuesday marks the 49th anniversary of the Jobs and Freedom march on Washington DC when the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jnr made his famous I Have A Dream speech in front of 200,000 followers. In 2013, activists plan to mark the 50th anniversary with their own march right here in London. (more…)

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Black history and emancipation

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…)

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What kills us will also make us stronger

Posted on September 22, 2011

Troy Davis was murdered barbarously but joined his ancestors with the dignity and spirit that they couldn’t crush – and he told them so. Like many thousands of others, I feel a swirling set of emotions – from anger at the injustice of executing an innocent man to despondency that worldwide protests could not prevent it. (more…)

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No time to wallow in the mire

Posted on August 23, 2011

The Hope and Recovery rally - a move to crystallise the black community's response to the disturbances - wasn't the only such event to be cold-shouldered by Britain's media. So too was Narrative of Unrest, a night of political poetry and radical rhymes aimed at making sense of the "riots" and riot of outrage that still burns fiercely in the daily papers. (more…)

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The audacity of hope and recovery

The burning carpet stores, the looting, the photo-oped clean-ups, the CCTV mugshots, the inflated jail terms and David Starkey. Finally, the black community had a chance to gather and debate strategies for “hope and recovery”, the title of a rally in central London last Friday. (more…)

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