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Professor Gus John
Professor Gus John

Press Release - 02 May 2006

Government adviser on race relations to speak in Bath

One of the country’s leading commentators on British race relations will be giving a public lecture at the University of Bath this week. (Thursday 4 May 2006)

Gus John, who was the first black Director of Education in a UK local authority (Hackney), will talk about his recently-launched book, Taking a Stand, in which he calls for a radical revaluation of Government policy to improve race relations.

He cites the fact that more British-born black people go into custody each year than into higher education, and that October 2005 saw Asian and African communities in open conflict with each other in the streets of Birmingham, as key reasons for urgent change.

“We are delighted that someone of such international standing as Gus John will be taking a break from his busy schedule to talk at the University," said Gerlinde Rambausek, a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences who organised the lecture.

“I would urge anyone with an interest in race relations to take the time to come along and hear what he has to say.

“He has been engaged in the anti-racist movement many years and he also has extensive experience of working at the grass roots in local authorities.

“He is a very engaging knowledge speaker and a true expert in his field.”

Born in Grenada, Gus John has been involved in education, schooling and youth work in Britain's inner cities since the 1960s.

He was co-ordinator of the Black Parents Movement in Manchester, founded the Education for Liberation book service and helped to organise the International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books both in Manchester and London.

Gus John was a member of the Macdonald Inquiry into Racism and Racial Violence in Manchester Schools. He is currently a member of the Home Secretary's Race Relations Advisory Forum and of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's Young People and Families Committee.

He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde and advises a number of different organisations, including the Home Office, on race relations.

The lecture will take place at the University of Bath campus on Thursday 4 May 2006 at 2.15pm in lecture theatre 8W3.22. No need to book tickets – just turn up on the day.

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