William Cuffay was born in Chatham, Kent, in 1788. William’s father was a naval cook and former slave. When William was old enough he found work as an apprentice tailor. At first Cuffay held conservative views and as late as 1833 he was arguing against the formation of trade unions. Cuffay was the last member… [Continue Reading]
A Sikh student from New Zealand who broke strict religious protocol by taking off his turban to help save the life of a child hit by a car has been heralded as a hero. Harman Singh, 22, removed his turban to cradle the bleeding head of a five-year-old boy who had been struck on his… [Continue Reading]
Fela Anikulapo Kuti, born in Abeokuta, Nigeria in 1938, was a singer-composer, trumpet, sax and keyboard player, bandleader, and politician. Kuti was one of Africa’s most controversial musicians and throughout his life he continued to fight for the rights of the common man (and woman) despite vilification, harassment, and even imprisonment by the government of… [Continue Reading]
In August 2011, Dame Esther Rantzen DBE (who founded the children’s helpline ChildLine in 1986), wrote an article about the loneliness she has experienced since being bereaved, and living alone. She was overwhelmed by the huge response from older people who shared her experience. In November 2011 she was invited to make a key-note speech… [Continue Reading]
SHE was dubbed the “heroine of Hackney” when she bravely stood up to a gang of looting rioters in East London. Grandmother Pauline Pearce’s barn-storming speech scolding the yobs became a global internet sensation watched by millions. And fearless Pauline said: “I don’t regret a second of it. I’d do it all again. “We owe… [Continue Reading]
ON JUNE 22, 1948, Sam King, along with 492 West Indian passengers arrived on the docks of Tilbury, Essex on the SS Empire Windrush. Filled with plucky spirit and buoyed by optimism and anticipation for their new lives in a country they had proudly served during the war, the passengers, most of them ex-servicemen, were the first… [Continue Reading]
Reggae vocalist John Holt, who sang the original version of Blondie’s hit The Tide is High, has died aged 69. His manager Copeland Forbes told the Jamaica Observer he died in a London hospital on Sunday. The cause of death has yet to be confirmed. Holt rose to fame in the 1960s as the lead… [Continue Reading]
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