In this section, we remember significant achievements and moments from Black and Asian history
21 September 2018 - Three men are jailed for killing a model in a row over his girlfriend.
Harry Uzoka (pictured), 25, was stabbed in the heart by fellow model George Koh in west London in January after after he went to settle the dispute.
Koh, convicted of murder at the Old Bailey in August, was given a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years.
Merse Dikanda was also found guilty of murder and jailed for at least 22 years, and Jonathan Okigbo was given a 14-year sentence for manslaughter.
Although initially friendly, the relationship between Mr Uzoka and Koh deteriorated after Koh claimed to have had sex with Mr Uzoka's girlfriend Ruby Campbell, who is also a model.
The pair then exchanged angry text messages and arranged to gather some friends and meet up in Shepherd's Bush for a fight.
With thanks to the BBC for the above information.
18 September 1997 - The Holy Virgin Mary a painting created by Chris Ofili in 1996 is one of the works included in the Sensation exhibition in London, Berlin and New York in 1997–2000. The 1996 painting was "enhanced" with Elephant Dung. The subject of the work, and its execution, caused considerable controversy in New York, with Rudolph Giuliani – then Mayor of New York City – describing Ofili's work as "sick". In 1998, Ofili was the first black artist to be awarded the Turner Prize.
17 September 1986 -Ahmed Iqbal Ullah is killed by a fellow-pupil in the playground of a Manchester school in 1986, aged thirteen years. He had been defending a fellow pupil who was being bullied on account of his race. His legacy is theAhmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust and the Race Relations Resource Centre which provides opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn about Britain’s ethnic minority communities. It runs oral history projects to collect the life stories of Black communities in Manchester, organise events to share Black history and work with schools to make sure the next generation has a positive attitude to diversity in Britain.
With thanks also to the racearchive.org.uk for the above information.
16 September 1948 -G.V. Desani's novel is published in Britain. The poly-colloquial, multi-cultural novel, All About H. Hatterr, attracts wide attention on both sides of the Atlantic and in India. T. S. Eliot said of it, "... In all my experience, I have not met with anything quite like it. It is amazing that anyone should be able to sustain a piece of work in this style and tempo at such length." All About H. Hatterr broke publicity records for a book published that year. (Writer, London).
11 September 2018- England’s clash with Switzerland is broadcasted in black and white in honour of Kick It Out’s 25th anniversary.
Sky Sports showed the game live and switched from colour to black and white as the teams entered the pitch.
The footage continued for 25 seconds in recognition of the work done by the organisation in tackling racism.
Lord Herman Ouseley of Kick It Out said: "We hope the footage will be a powerful reminder of how far football has come in the last 25 years to make the a game a more open and diverse place – welcoming to all regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation."
With thanks to big.news.com for the above information and photograph.
10 September 1979 -Royal Commission established by the new Conservative Goverment to look into the "Sus Laws"
In those areas where no such power existed, police not infrequently used the so-called “ways and means Act” – which some claimed to be a euphemism for deceit – in order to obtain compliance from those they wished to stop and search. Meanwhile Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824, which controversially became known as the ‘sus’ law, enabled police to stop and search certain individuals they suspected of frequenting or loitering in a public place with intent to commit an arrestable offence.
8 September 2017 - Former Labour Government Minister published his independent review report comissioned by the Conservative Government into the treatment of, and outcomes for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the criminal justice system.
It contains 35 recommendations, including introducing assessments of a young offenders’ maturity, exploring how criminal records could be ‘sealed’, and allowing some prosecutions to be ‘deferred’. David Lammy also urges the justice system to take major steps to increase diversity and transparency.
Prosecutions against some black and minority-ethnic suspects should be deferred or dropped to help tackle the bias against them in the criminal justice system of England and Wales, according to a highly critical report written by the Labour MP David Lammy at the request of the prime minister.
Lammy said allowances should also be made for younger defendants’ immaturity and criminal records should be sealed to help former offenders find work, adding that statistics suggested discrimination was worse than in the US in some cases.
“My conclusion is that BAME individuals still face bias, including overt discrimination, in parts of the justice system,” the MP says in his report. His findings provide facts that people from minority ethnic backgrounds have argued for decades.
The MP highlighted the fact that there was “greater disproportionality” in the number of black people in prisons in England and Wales than in the US. Black people make up 3% of population in England and Wales and 12% of the prison population, compared with 13% and 35% respectively, in the US.
His report concludes there is overt racial prejudice in the criminal justice system, although it is declining. But problems of covert and unconscious or implicit bias are becoming more apparent instead.
With thanks also to hte Guardian for the above information
6 September 2013 - Doreen Lawrence, Mother of the murdered Stephen Lawrence and community relations campaigner becomes the 14th Black person to be elevated to the House of Lords since Lord Constantine was the first in 1969. She is formally styled Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, of Clarendon in the Commonwealth Realm of Jamaica; the honour is rare for being designated after a location in a Commonwealth realm outside the United Kingdom. She sits on the Labour benches in the House of Lords as a so-called working peer.
5 September 1961 - Flamingo a groundbreaking magazine is launched. Mixing glamour, sex advice, culture and international politics, it was one of the first magazines to target Britain’s African-Caribbean community.
It ran from September 1961 until May 1965 and at its peak sold up to 20,000 copies in the UK and 15,000 in the US. It was also distributed in the Caribbean and West Africa, and published dedicated editions in Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia. It carried interviews with Malcolm X and advertisements for Island Records, which brought Jamaican ska music to Britain.
With thanks to The Guardian for the above information. See Timeline 29 January 2019
4 September 2006 - Gunner Samuela Vanua, from 12 Regiment Royal Artillery, dies in a roadside explosion near Ad Dayr, north of Basra.
His commanding officer, Lt Col Jon Campbell, said he got to know the 27-year-old in July when they had been on patrol together.
"I was impressed by his excellent attitude, infectious cheerfulness, conduct and confidence," he said.
With thanks to www.dailymail.co.uk for the above information and photo.
2 September 1995 - Frank Bruno becomes World Heavyweight Champion by defeating holder Oliver McCall at Wembley. Billed as "The Empire Strikes Back", the boxing match contested for the WBC Heavyweight Championship.
In the opening rounds, Bruno unloaded a barrage of left jabs that left McCall stunned. McCall absorbed the punishment, put up little defense and waited until the fifth round to throw a meaningful punch. But by then, Bruno was confident and ahead on points.
As the fight wore on, it became apparent that McCall's last hope to retain the title was to win by a knockout.
McCall hurt Bruno with an uppercut in the 11th, and in the 12th, McCall shoved the local hero around the ring and unloaded a hard right to Bruno's head. McCall banged Bruno with another body shot and a left-right combination. Bruno, bleeding from the mouth, hanging on desperately, turned the final minute into a dance of attrition.
Judge Malcolm Bulner gave Bruno a 115-113 victory. Newton Campos and Fay Solis each had Bruno the winner by 117-111. Bruno became only the third British-born boxer to win a world heavyweight title along with Bob Fitzsimmons and Lennox Lewis—and he was the first to win it on British soil.
30 August 1987 - World Champion Lloyd Honeyghan enjoys his third defence in the year by recording one of the fastest wins in a world title fight with a 45 second blow-out of former light welterweight champion Gene Hatcher of the United States. The fight took place in Spain at the Plaza de Toros de Nueva Andalucía, Marbella