On This Day

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

Shocking BAME Discrimination In Labour Market

17 January 2019 -New Research shows that  Black Britons and those of south Asian origin face “shocking” discrimination in the labour market at levels unchanged since the late 1960s.

A study by experts based at the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, found applicants from minority ethnic backgrounds had to send 80% more applications to get a positive response from an employer than a white person of British origin.

A linked study by the same researchers, comparing their results with similar field experiments dating back to 1969, found discrimination against black Britons and those of south Asian origin – particularly Pakistanis – unchanged over almost 50 years.

The research, part of a larger cross-national project funded by the European Union and shared exclusively with the Guardian before its official launch, prompted concerns that race relations legislation had failed.

It echoes findings published as part of the Guardian’s Bias in Britain  that  people from minority ethnic backgrounds face discrimination when seeking a room to rent. In a snapshot survey of online flatshare ads the Guardian found that an applicant called Muhammad was significantly less likely to receive a positive response than an applicant called David.

With thanks to The Guardian for the above information


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Ejiofor Oscar Nomination

16 January 2014 - Chiwetel Ejiofor is officially nominated for Best Actor for the 86th Academy Awards on 2 March 2014 thus becoming the first ever Black British Actor to be nominated.

Officer Cleared of Grose Killing

15 January 1987 – A policeman is cleared of criminal charges in relation to the shooting of Cherry Grose. The decision sparks a mini riot in Brixton. The shooting happened when Inspector Douglas Lovelock led a police raid on a house in Brixton in September 1985 looking for Michael Groce, a man they had been told could be armed. He was not at home, but in the confusion, his mother, Cherry Groce, was shot in the chest. She is now paralysed from the waist down. Inspector Lovelock told the court it was a "terrible, terrible accident", which he would regret for the rest of his life.

Book Burning Spreads To Bradford

14 January 1989 - The publication of Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses continues  to cause major controversy. Following the public burning of the book in Bolton, similar demonstration and book-burning occurs in Bradford .

JETCO Gets The Get Go

13 January 2005 - The India-UK JETCO is established to develop the India-UK strategic economic partnership further. India and the UK already enjoy a strong bilateral trading relationship, and both sides take a mutual interest in enhancing the competitiveness of the two economies.

Controversial Claims of Police Baiting Made

12 January 1966 - Joseph Hunte’s report, Nigger Hunting in England? is published  by the Commonwealth Institute. After documenting the ready use of dogs against black people and the frequent instances of overt racialist abuse, Hunte wrote that ‘it has been confirmed from reliable sources that sergeants and constables do leave police stations with the express purpose of going nigger-hunting.’ 

New Trade Agreements Announced At JETCO

11 January 2018 - The twelfth meeting of the India-UK Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) took place in London on Thursday, 11 January 2018. The Indian delegation was led by Shri Suresh Prabhu, Honourable Minister of Commerce and Industry, and the UK side was led by the Rt. Honourable Dr. Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade.

No less than 26 agreements were announced as a result of the meeting, including an agreement to set up a new UK-India Tech Alliance to promote collaboration on building future skills in new technologies, and a commitment by the two countries to continue their worldleading research relationship. The UK also agreed to set up a fast-track mechanism to identify and resolve specific issues faced by Indian companies already in the UK or looking to establish operations here7 .


Record Race Discrimination Award

10 January 2012 - After proving that he had been targetted for his colour, Elliot Browne , a senior NHS manager who suffered a sustained campaign of racial discrimination from hospital colleagues was  awarded nearly £1 million in compensation.

 Elliot Browne, 55, was given one of the highest payments ever awarded for racial discrimination in a workplace following the ruling by an employment tribunal in Manchester that he had been unfairly dismissed from his role as a director at Central Manchester University NHS Foundation. A hearing last year was told that he was subjected to discriminatory treatment from 2007 onwards, which severely affected his health. He was awarded £933,000 compensation for unfair dismissal, aggravated damages and loss of earnings and pension.

Arrest of Eastenders Actress Killer

9 January 2016 - Arthur Simpson-Kent, the partner of former EastEnders actress Sian Blake who was murdered alongside her two sons in December, is arrested in Ghana on suspicion of her murder

14 Year Old In Moped Stabbing

8 January 2019 - A 14-year-old boy is  stabbed to death by attackers who knocked him off a moped, in what police believe was a targeted attack.

Jaden Moodie was found wounded in Bickley Road, Waltham Forest, at 18:30 GMT .

Detectives believe the moped had been involved in a crash with a car, after which three men got out the vehicle, stabbed the teenager and drove off.

He died at the scene. No arrests have been made and a cordon is in place.

Jaden, who police said lived in the area with his mother, is believed to be the youngest victim to die on London's streets in the past year.

There were 132 homicides in 2018, the highest total since 2008.

With thanks to The BBC for the above information.   See Timeline 21 January 2019

Horrific Murder in North London

7 January 2009 - Tulay Goren, 15, from Woodford Green in north London, was killed  in January 1999 for running away from home to live with her boyfriend. He was a fellow Turkish Kurd twice her age whom her family disapproved of because he was from a different branch of Islam. Her father, Mehmet Goren, was jailed for life with a minimum sentence of 22 years in December 2009 for killing the schoolgirl after kidnapping, drugging and tying her up. Her remains, which police believe were buried in the family garden temporarily, have never been recovered.


With thanks to the Guardian for the above information.

Pan African Padmore's Archive Legacy

6 January 1991 -  The George Padmore Institute is established. It goes on to become a leading archive, educational resource and research centre housing materials relating to the black community of Caribbean, African and Asian descent in Britain and continental Europe.

Javed Guilty of Racial Hatred

5 January 2007 - Umran Javed, a British Muslim, found guilty at the Old Bailey, London, of inciting racial hatred at a London rally in February 2006 protesting against the publication of a cartoon in a Danish newspaper depicting Muhammad.

Lawrence Murderers Sentenced

4 January 2012 – Gary Dobson and David Norris are jailed for life for the murder of Stephen Lawrence, with minimum term of just over 15 and 14 years respectively.

Lawrence Murders Convicted At Last

3 January 2012 -  after a trial based on new forensic evidence, Gary Dobson and David Norris are convicted of the racist murder of black London teenager Stephen Lawrence, who was killed in April 1993

Navid Sadiq In Racist Attack

2 January 1992 - Navid Sadiq (15) , Southwark, South London is shot during robbery on off-licence where he worked. On hearing that he had caused injury, attacker said 'Good. I hope they die. My name is Conroy, good English name that. What am I going to get for doing a couple of Pakis? I am Anglo Saxon'. Joseph Conroy given two life sentences for murder and attempted murder in October 1992.

Blue Plaque For CLR James

1 January 2004 - Blue Plaque unveiled for Cyril Lionel Robert James (4 January 1901 – 19 May 1989), best known as C. L. R. James, who sometimes wrote under the pen-name J. R. Johnson, was an Afro-Trinidadian historian, journalist, socialist theorist and essayist. His works are influential in various theoretical, social, and historiographical contexts. See Hall of Fame for Full Biography

Sheldon Bobb Dies After Attack

31 December 1999 - Sheldon Anton Bobb (21) , Lewisham, south-east London, found suffering from head injuries outside his home; dies in Lewisham hospital of shock and haemorrhaging. Racist attack not ruled out by police.

Blue Plaque For Coleridge-Taylor

30 December 2012 - A year-long festival to commemorate Samuel Coleridge-Taylor ended with the unveiling of a blue plaque at 6 St Leonards Road, the house where he died on September 1 1912. See Hall of Fame Section section for full biography 

Murder of A Refugee

29 December 2001 - Panchadcharam Sahitharan, a Tamil refugee  (28) in Newham, east London attacked by gang with baseball bats and dies.

 Andrew Noble and Gary Hoskin charged with murder and affray in April 2002. Charges later dropped against Noble, Hoskin acquitted with the jury ruling accidental death.  

Connie Mark Two

28 December 2018 - Connie Mark's  blue plaque is  reinstalled outside the Mary Seacole Housing Association in Hammersmith.

The replacement blue plaque was erected to coincide with Mark’s 95th birthday last week Friday (December 21) after the original was vandalised in 2012.

Mark, who was born in Jamaica, worked in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War Two. After she left the military, she went on to dedicate herself to charitable causes, championing equality and promoting black history and culture.

Jak Buela, Nubian Jak Community Trust, the organisation which was partly responsible for organising the replacement, told The Voice: “The Nubian Jak Community Trust felt that with this year being the 70th the anniversary of both the Windrush and NHS, this was a timely moment for the plaque to be reproduced. The fact that Connie Mark was also a WWII veteran as well a Windrush and NHS pioneer, inspired our organisation to seek about restoring her plaque in time for her 95th birthday.”

In addition to the unveiling of the blue plaque, Mark was also honoured with a Google Doodle on what would have been her milestone birthday. The doodle, a temporary reimagining of the search engine’s homepage logo, depicted Mark typing and speaking out about equality.

The global tech giant also had a hand in other tributes made to her on the special day.

With thanks to the Voice Online for the above information and Nubian Jak for the image.

Rugby League Star Powell Dies

27 December 1988 - Rochdale Hornets & Great Britain Rugby League player, Roy Powell collapses and dies of a cardiac arrest at the age of 33, while on his way to take part in a training session for Rochdale Hornets. See Hall of Fame for biography.

Iranian leader upholds Rushdie fatwa

26 December 1990 - Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, says the death sentence on writer Salman Rushdie for alleged blasphemy will remain in force.

He rejected the author's repentance and recent decision not to publish a paperback edition of the novel The Satanic Verses which was deemed offensive to the Islamic faith.

Tehran Radio quoted Ayatollah Khameini as saying the decree by his predecessor Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini "remains unchanged even if he repents and becomes the most pious man of his time".

The Indian-born novelist has been in hiding under police guard since Ayatollah Khomeini ordered his death 22 months ago.

With thanks to The BBC for the above information.

See Also Timeline 24 September 1998 

Death Of Godfather of Soul

25 December 2006 - Death of James Joseph Brown , the American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul".In a career that lasted 50 years, he influenced the development of several music genre and a plethora of British Artists from Soul to Disco.  

December 2019

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