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The Huntley’s and The Struggle in Britain: Suresh Grover and Gus John

Saturday 1 June 2019

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Suresh Grover and Gus John

‘.. the struggle against racism, without the struggle against class, remains cultural[ly] nationalist. But class struggle without race struggle, without the struggles of women, of gays, of the Irish, remains economistic..’
Ambalavaner Sivanandan

The panel will discuss the history of anti-racist struggle in Britain and diagnose the legacies of colonialism and racism for today’s neoliberal Britain. Suresh and Gus will discuss their continuing work towards a liberated anti-racist social movement which avoids the ineffectual race equalities industry of implementing policies without action.


Suresh Grover is a leading anti-racist civil rights campaigner for over four decades based in the UK. Recognised internationally for his advocacy on genocide and environmental justice campaigns, his focus in the UK has been on exposing State misconduct and helping to organise both community defence and family justice campaigns, As the Director of The Monitoring Group, Suresh has coordinated over a hundred campaigns including those around the murders of Blair Peach, Kukldio Singh Sekhon, Stephen Lawrence, Zahid Mubarek, and Victoria Climbie. – in the latter three cases, the British Government was forced to establish Public Judicial Inquiries Both he and The Monitoring Group have been granted core participant status by the current Undercover Police Inquiry set up the previous Home Secretary to examine police spying of campaigning & protest groups.  The Guardian Newspaper has named him as one of the hundred most influential people in Social Policy in the UK.

Augustine “Gus” John was born in Grenada and has lived mainly in the UK since 1964. He was a member of the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination (CARD) in the middle to late 1960s and a member of the Council of the Institute of Race Relations in the early 1970s. He is a scholar/activist who has done notable work in the fields of education policy, the role of schooling and education in promoting social justice, school improvement, management and international development. Since the 1960s he has been active in issues of education and schooling in Britain’s inner cities such as London, Leicester, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow. He was Assistant Education Officer and Head of Community Education in the Inner London Education Authority and in 1989 became the first African Director of Education in Britain, a post he held for just under 8 years.

Gus John has worked in a number of university settings, including as Visiting Faculty Professor of Education at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (for 10 years). Since 2007, Gus John has been an associate professor of education and honorary fellow of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the UCL Institute of Education and from 2016, Visiting Professor at Coventry University, where he works with the Vice Chancellor and University Leadership Team in improving the strategic management of the University and building a culture of equity.

Gus John was a founder trustee of the George Padmore Institute, an archive and library in North London, established in 1991, that is dedicated to archiving the struggle of the African and Asia Diaspora in post-war Britain and Europe.