Fifty Years of Struggle: Gus John at 70

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Prof. Gus John arrived in the UK in August 1964, aged 19, to study for the priesthood. But almost from the moment he arrived he became involved in what was to become his life’s calling – education, youth work and the struggle for social justice and human rights for embattled communities as an activist and an academic.

Help us celebrate his birthday and his lifetime achievements in March 2015.

This two-part programme is a celebration of 50 years’ campaigning for the rights and education entitlement of all children, for racial equality and social justice and against unlawful discrimination in all its manifestations.

Event 1 – Wednesday 11 March 2015

Perspectives on political, academic and cultural engagement

Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL

Ali Hussein – film maker and cultural activist
Ian Macdonald QC – human rights, immigration and criminal lawyer
Makeda Coaston – cultural activist, organizer and facilitator
Professor David Gillborn – Centre for Research on Race and Education
Dr Paul Warmington – CRRE, University of Birmingham
Paulette Douglas – parent advocate, Communities Empowerment Network
Andrew Johnson – former director, Equality and Discrimination Centre
Moderator: Aisha Phoenix

Free, but must register at

Event 2 – Saturday 14 March 2015 (2pm)
Documentary film, followed by:
Guardian columnist, Gary Younge, in conversation with Gus John

British Film Institute, South Bank, London SE1 9GY

£6.50 (Tickets from the BFI box office).

In addition see his blog at

Latest posts:

Denying children’s rights by stealth

Why I am not Charlie

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