NUJ Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture – Thursday 16 October, 6.30pm‏

Thomson Reuters – 30 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5EP


Take me to your leader: the crisis in leadership in BAME Britain

By Patrick Younge

Patrick has spent over 22 years working in the media industry in the UK and internationally.

Patrick is a highly regarded executive broadcaster with international experience at senior levels in journalism, commissioning, production, public service television, digital media and pay TV.  He began his career at London Weekend TV and has worked for the BBC, Channel 4 TV and the Travel Channel Media (USA).

At this year’s event, Patrick will explore the lack of leadership roles for Black and minority ethnic people across the UK.

The lecture will start promptly at 6.30pm.

Seats are limited so if you later find you are unable to attend please use the Eventbrite link to deregister so that your ticket can be passed on to someone on the reserve list.

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The Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture is an annual event organised by the NUJ Black Members Council and once again are pleased that Thomson Reuters Black Employee Network has agreed to support the lecture.  Claudia Jones was a pioneering radical journalist. She was born in Trinidad in 1924, but later moved to New York where she encountered poverty and discrimination. In 1936, she joined the Young Communist League and joined the staff of the Daily Worker. She was arrested in 1955 and served a year in prison before being deported and given asylum in the UK. Confronted by posters saying “No blacks, no dogs, no Irish”, she became a leader in the Black equal rights movement that was emerging in London’s Notting Hill and founded The West Indian Gazette, one of the first Black newspapers in the UK. Claudia always believed that “a people’s art is the genesis of their freedom” and in 1959 was one of the founders of the Notting Hill Carnival. Today the carnival is the biggest in Europe and is a fitting memorial to Claudia’s life of activism and campaigning. Claudia died in London on Christmas Day, 1964, and is buried in Highgate Cemetery next to Karl Marx.

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