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BLACK HISTORY / INFLUENCERS & MORE
BLACK HISTORY / INFLUENCERS & MORE
ROCKING THE BOAT
An extraordinary new memoir from former Metropolitan Police (Met) Superintendent Paul Wilson.
Throughout his incredible 31-year career, Paul was instrumental in creating genuine change within the force and this new book chronicles those challenges in an entertaining and often painful true-life account.
“KILL THE BLACK ONE FIRST”
Michael Fuller had an idyllic childhood growing up in care in Surrey, looked after by Margaret who gave him the love and comfort his biological mother never did. He loved to ride his bike and collect coins and stamps and grew up celebrating the freedom of 1960s Britain. But when he was nine, a local paper described him as the ‘coloured boy’ in his school production. It was the first time Michael felt judged based on the colour of his skin.
Thirty-six years later, Michael became Britain’s first ever black Chief Constable. That moment taught Michael he would always be searching for a place to belong. Hoping to tackle injustice and create change from within, he joined the police force, but experienced racism and inequality. From colleagues shouting racist insults into his office, to the Brixton Riots where ‘Kill the black one first!’ was yelled from the crowds. Determined, despite everything, not to turn and walk away, he rose through the ranks and made his way to the very top.
A Search For Belonging is a story of resilience, persistence and optimism; of how one man set out, against the odds, to try and belong. Published originally as “Kill The Black One First”.
Described by The Voice newspaper as one of the “black officers who helped change the Met”,
Dr Leroy Logan, MBE, is a former superintendent in the Metropolitan police. He retired in 2013 after 30 years’ service.
He is also a former chair and founding member of the Black Police Association. Leroy is one of the UK’s most highly decorated and well known black police officers.
A highly respected and well-regarded commentator on policing in black communities, he believes that there is still much work to do in creating a more equitable and fair criminal justice system.
Closing Ranks is a lively and entertaining read. It’s also a history lesson in race relations in modern-day Britain, and a manifesto for anyone with a desire to mentor young people.
I’ll be at front of queue to change my slave name’
Descendants of African slaves have told the BBC they will change their surnames, after a Dutch city decided to make the procedure free of charge.
Utrecht council has decided to remove the €835 (£715) cost and bureaucracy to help people shake off their “slave names” and have the option to adopt one that recognises their African ancestry.
Under existing Dutch rules, if you have a surname considered ridiculous such as Anus, Garlic or Naked-born, there is no requirement to prove it is undesirable. However, if your name has its origins in the Dutch colonial legacy, an expensive psychological examination is often required on top of the fee.
Black history events that should be taught in schools – from Windrush to ‘UK’s Rosa Parks’
As Britain continues to mark Black History Month, Professor Patrick Vernon OBE looks back at the roots of abolition, devastating tragedies and pioneers who broke the mould
Demonstrators gather outside County Hall ahead of the inquest into the deaths of 13 young people in the 1981 New Cross fire
By Professor Patrick Vernon OBE, Alex Bellotti
Meet The Black Woman Looking to Change What People Think an Astronaut Looks Like
Lisa Alcindor is a Black woman on a mission to get to outer space. The 34-year-old Northern Virginia resident promotes herself as an “Astronaut Candidate” on her LinkedIn and Instagram pages.
“What do astronauts look like?” her Instagram bio reads. With a goal of touring the universe, Alcindor has started a GoFundMe in an effort to get help paying for the astronaut training she will need ahead of being launched to infinity and beyond.
NEW ONLINE COURSE:
Black History Studies presents a 6 weeks online course ‘African History Before the Slave Trade Course’ starting Friday 5 November 2021. Spaces are limited. For more info + to book your place go to https://tinyurl.com/2zazu4
Not all of the Black communities hero’s are consigned to history. Some are still making history. If you don’t know Akala please get to know his works. For insight into this incredible and inspirational cultural icon see his book “Native” and listen to his music track “banquet of the thieves”. Black history is everybody’s history.
As we approach Black History Month, these courageous men are a timely reminder that there are some mighty fine modern-day role models out there. They have my admiration and sincere gratitude.
PC Wayne Marques, recipient of the iconic George Medal, was left with horrendous injuries as he fought off the 2017 London Bridge terror attackers.
PC Leon McLeod, recipient of the Queen’s Gallantry Medal, selflessly cared for the injured.
BLACK HISTORY / INFLUENCERS & MORE
Described by The Voice newspaper as one of the “black officers who helped change the Met”, Dr Leroy Logan, MBE, is a former superintendent in the Metropolitan police.
He retired in 2013 after 30 years’ service. He is also a former chair and founding member of the Black Police Association.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. from PBS’ Finding Your Roots takes us through how genealogists and family historians dig deeper to uncover hard-to-find records of enslaved ancestors. Jordan Peele reacts to records of his own ancestors in this emotional clip from Finding Your Roots.
The rapper and music mogul discusses therapy, marriage and politics with The New York Times’s executive editor. Jay-Z Discusses Rap, Marriage and Being a Black Man in Trump’s America
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De’Graft has been finding out more about influential black people in the UK who were the first to do some important things that you should know about from Diane Abbott to Sir Trevor McDonald.
Growing up in Hillsborough, Carriacou, Grenada during the 1950’s and 1960’s
Empowering Young Minds is a series of conferences and workshops, aiming to empower young people by challenging socially constructed labels and creating long lasting change.
A 1stVrs Education, Jason Roberts Foundation and Chameleon Education venture. Educating the whole person! Website: www.1stverse.co.uk
From a childhood brought up in care to the first black British Chief Constable. Michael Fuller’s life has been driven by an overriding sense of justice, instilled in him by the woman to whom his memoir is dedicated.
Kill The Black One First: https://bit.ly/2BtOMxg
Growing up on the south side of inner-city Syracuse, Brandon Hanks never imagined he’d go to college.
And yet today, he is a college graduate, homeowner, father, award-winning police officer, high school basketball coach, and creator of a viral basketball challenge.
We talk with Stephen Graham who was incarcerated in a prison in Jamaica. He tells his story and journey
CELEBRATING WORLD BOOK DAY To celebrate World Book Day we have released our exciting documentary The Popcorn House, which features some of our 30 best selling children authors.
These Hands is part of P&G’s Widen the Screen program which aims to address the systematic bias and inequality in advertising and media.
These Hands and the associated community impact programs are a commitment to Black boys – a promise to create broader opportunities and remove the systemic barriers along the path.
Irish Black History Month: 5 Facts You Likely Didn’t Know
Irish Black History Month: 5 Facts You Likely Didn't Know Yes, Irish Black History…
The story of Coventry’s Windrush church
The story of Coventry's Windrush church - an historic sanctuary for new arrivals to our…
Francis Williams: Poet, Scientist, Polyglot
Francis Williams: Poet, Scientist, Polyglot During the time of the transatlantic slave trade, slaves were…
Black History Month: London’s forgotten RAF hero who survived 3 heart attacks and an attack by the National Front
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The Kiyan Prince Foundation was established in 2008 in memory of Kiyan Prince, Dr Prince’s fifteen-year-old son and a talented footballer who was stabbed in the heart, whilst trying to break up a fight, outside his school gates.
This devasting tragedy marked the beginning of a journey which has not only transformed Dr Prince’s life but also equipped him with the knowledge and skills to support families and help prevent similar cases.
In this process, he has had to defeat two of life’s toughest challenges – anger and revenge, find the strength to forgive and the commitment to substitute anger with positive life skills.
At work, we often take things at face value and fail to see the hardships someone is facing every day.Sometimes a person doesn’t fight a battle with the strength of their biceps, but they must turn inward to find their mental and emotional power.
We are surrounded by people who are silently battling daily but show up every day at work with a smile. As leaders, it’s so important to create a great and safe work environment that allows people to reach out for help. Someone may be fighting an addiction, or someone may have a sick child at home or maybe a single parent fighting every day to hold their home together.
We don’t know, and we may never know, which is why you should always show respect and kindness to everyone. There are amazing and strong people who show up for work every day, giving it their all to help their organization fulfill its purpose but silently fighting battles we know nothing about.
“In rearing my children I have passed on the philosophy that Nana taught me as a youngster… The right to be treated as an equal by all other men, she said, is man’s birthright. Never permit anyone to treat you otherwise.”
Flt Lieutenant Akin Shenbanjo DFC (1918 – 1995) in full RAF uniform, taken circa 1941. He bravely served as a flight navigator in the Royal Air Force with 76 Squadron, Bomber Command during World War 2, having partaken in more than 60 bombing raids over Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe between his recruitment in 1941 and the War’s end in 1945, decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross for his efforts, one of the few men of African descent to achieve this honour.
The selfless contribution made by my father and the many other Black servicemen from Africa, the Caribbean and the United States who courageously put their lives on the line for Britain and the other Allied forces during both world wars is a story that needs to be told and commemorated for both present and future generations. It is essential we forever honour their memory and the huge sacrifice made.
For this week’s Underrepresented Architect, I want to honor Georgia Louise Harris Brown, who is recognized as the second African American woman licensed as an architect in the United States.
Georgia Louise was a pioneering African American architect practicing in Chicago and Brazil from the 1940s to the 1990s.
Pilot Officer John Henry Smyth was sponsored by the government of his native Sierra Leone to volunteer as an RAF navigator in the Second World War, completing 27 operational missions over Germany and Italy.
Anna Mac Clarke was a military pioneer during her time. Clarke became the first Black Woman’s Army Corps officer to command an all-white unit.
Clark was born to Nora Mitchel, a cook, and Tom Clark, a laborer. She was raised in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. After completing high school, Clarke attended and graduated from Kentucky State College in 1941 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and economics.
After college, Clarke had trouble finding a job in her hometown with her degree. The only jobs available to her were domestic work. She decided to leave home and headed for New York. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps. Clarke was the only black graduate in her class in Ft. Des Moines.
Clarke arrived for duty at Douglas Army Airfield in Arizona and made history when she became the first commander of an all-white unit. She later made history again, when she protested against segregated seating in the base theater. Anna Mac Clarke died at the age of 24 from a ruptured appendix.
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The named pair of miniature dress medals worn by Lieutenant-Colonel A. W. Duncan. Alexander William Duncan, youngest son of Thomas Duncan, Grenada, was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in April 1856 and first witnessed active service as an Observer with Spanish forces engaged in North Africa in 1860.
Tributes flood in for UK’s first black policewoman Sislin Allen after death aged 83
Tributes have flooded in for the UK’s first ever black policewoman who has died at the age of 83 at her family home in Jamaica.
Sislin Fay Allen, who faced intense racism when she joined the Metropolitan Police in 1968 aged 29, was heralded as a pioneer by fellow officers and MPs after her death on Monday.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick described her as “a pioneer of her time and an inspiration for many”.
Former Met superintendent Leroy Logan paid tribute to her as a “remarkable” woman.
Aboriginal languages making comeback through new training program and dictionaries
The Kaurna language and others are now being revived with the help of linguists and, for the first time, tailored training courses to help language learners pass their skills back to their communities.