A radical vision for a new Africa: Dr K Andrew’s masterpiece


Every now and again there is a piece of inspired work that could have a profound effect way beyond its targeted audience.

Prof Kehinde Andrew’s work for the BBC, a three minute animated film entitled ‘A radical vision for Africa’ could be such a piece of work.

Long live the memory of Bernie Grant


I remember to this day where I was when the news came through that the iconic Black British Civil Rights leader, Bernie Grant had died. It was Saturday 8th April 2000. I and the OBV team were around Lewisham High Street on a voter registration drive before the forth-coming local elections in May. In many ways we were part of the succession planning that Bernie had inspired to follow in his activist footsteps.

Winnie Mandela: RIP Warrior Queen


Reflecting on the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.


April 4th marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Although taken from this world far too soon, King left us with an important legacy that continues to inform the work we do here at Operation Black Vote. It is in his memory and honour that each member of the OBV staff has written a short personal reflection about what Martin Luther King Jr. means to them.

Simon Woolley:

Heineken slammed for racist ad


Dutch beer company Heineken recently joined the ranks of companies releasing racially insensitive and discriminatory adverts. In a recent ad, a friendly light-skinned bartender is shown sliding a beer down the bar past three Black people, into the hands of a light-skinned woman. As she takes a sip, the words “sometimes, lighter is better” flash across the screen.

Downing St Race Advisory group: The drive to beat racism


As an activist with 25 years’ experience of campaigning for social and racial justice, I have learned that you have to seize the big opportunities that can offer dramatic change.

Anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies at 81


South African activist and leader Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies at 81.

The former first lady and anti-apartheid activist remains a strong symbol of the country’s three-decade struggle for equality.

Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was born in the Eastern Cape in 1936. She began her early career as a social worker before marrying her husband Nelson Mandela. When she took the position at Baragwanath Hospital she broke through her first barrier, becoming the first black social worker in South Africa.

British citizens’ face harassment, deportation, and worse


There are many Commonwealth Immigrants who thought they were British citizens who are now facing ever-increasing amounts of discrimination, exclusion, and harassment from Immigration officers . Especially in recent years, though, as anti-immigrant sentiment and stricter immigration rules have become more prominent, immigrants from commonwealth countries are now being labelled illegal and denied access to housing, health care, and more.

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