On This Day

In this section, we remember significant achievements and moments from Black and Asian history

Three Jailed For Model Murder

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.


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Blue Plaque For Church Giant

20 September 2013 - sees  unveiling of a Blue Plaque in recognition of the service of the late Rev. Dr. Oliver A. Lyseight who was a founding member and First Leader of the New Testament Church of God (UK). See Hall of Fame for more information on him. 

Hamza Makes History In Premier League

19 September 2017 - Hamza Choudhury, a British Footballer whose parents are of Bangladeshi descent, plays for Leicester City, making him the first player of Bangladeshi descent to play in the Premier League. See Hall of Fame for more details on Hamza.  

Ofili Turner Prize First

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.

Playground Death of Ahmed Ullah

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. 

Desani Novel Takes Britain By Storm

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).

Death Of Community Giant

15 September 2010 -Trinidad-born Frank Crichlow,dies. Frank Crichlow was dedicated to fighting for rights of the UK’s black community.He sprung to national awareness because of the 1970 Mangrove Trials

Sampha Completes The Mercury Process

14 September 2017 -Sampha's debut album, Process, wins the 2017 Mercury Prize

M People Mercury Prize

13 September 1994 -  M People win the Mercury Music Prize ( an Award for the Best Music Album in the UK & Ireland) for their album  Elegant Slumming.

Lack of British Asian Players Condemned

12 September 1996 - The exclusion of British-Asians in football is highlighted following Bains and Patel’s report  ironically titled Asians Can’t Play Football. 

Kick It Out Campaign Honoured

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.

Sus Laws Reviewed

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.

Rascal The First Rapper To Win Mercury

9 September  2003 - Underground urban artist Dizzee Rascal has become the first rapper to win the prestigious Mercury Music Prize for his Album Boy in da Corner.


Lammy Reports On BAME Criminal Injustice

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

Prince Charles Launches Lawrence Lectures

7 September 2000 HRH Prince Charles gives the inaugural Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture at the Princes's Foundation, in Shoreditch London.

Lawrence Sent To The Lords

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.

Flamingo First For Britain

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 

Gunner Dies On Duty

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.

Singh Wins Turban On The Bus Battle

3 September 1964 - Amar Singh wins his protest to wear his Turban on the Buses when a  spokesman for London Transport announce an about-turn on the policy — and Singh was welcomed back into the fold. He was photographed, proudly wearing his turban, complete with London Transport roundel pin badge.

Bruno's World British First

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.

Mayor Opens Britain's First Multicultural Theatre

1 September 2016 -  Mayor of London Sadiq Khan opened the renovated 356 Garratt Lane as Britain's first multicultural theatre - the new Tara Theatre. 

Sobers Hits Nash for 6,6,6,6,6,6

31 August 1968 - Cricketer Gary Sobers becomes the first batsman ever to hit six sixes in a single over of six consecutive balls in first-class cricket. See Hall of Fame for more on this and Sir Gary Sobers biography. 

Honeyghan In A Minute Wins It

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

Mandela Statute Unveiled

29 August 2007 -A statue of Nelson Mandela is unveiled at Parliament Square, London. Talking to crowds who gathered for the unveiling, Mr Mandela said: "Though this statue is of one man, it should in actual fact symbolise all of those who have resisted oppression, especially in my country."

Holmes Secures Legend Status

28 August 2004 -  British athlete Kelly Holmes secures a place in Olympic history by winning the 1500m gold in Athens. The runner won the 800m just a few days before and became the first Briton in 84 years to achieve the Olympic middle-distance double.