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In 1786, when a free black man called Henry Demane was kidnapped into slavery, it was Ottobah Cuggano (see below) who alerted Granville Sharp.  Sharpe famously invoked English Law to rescue Demane.

This unidentified painting in Exeter (below) is often wrongly thought to be that of Olaudah Equiano.   The frontispiece of Equiano's autobiography is shown above.  Compare the clothing. styles. Contemporaneous with Equanio could it be Demane?

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"The overall UK employment rate is 74.6 per cent while the employment rate for visible ethnic minorities is 58.1 per cent." 

"Black people in Bristol are five times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people."

"UK Ethnic Minorities are three times more likely to be homeless."

"In the UK race attacks are almost ten times more likely to happen in rural areas."



We know of a few indicative incidences of solidarity within London's eighteenth-century Black population.   In 1773 two Black men were confined in Bridewell prison in London for begging.    More than 300 black people visited them during their incarceration, and provided them with material support during their detention.




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"Back then, they demonised "coloured" immigrants Today they demonise "bogus" asylum seekers (tomorrow EEC nationals stealing our jobs).  How can we change the terms of the debate?"
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  • "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction....The chain reaction of evil -- hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -- must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation." (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

  • "When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it... always." (Mahatma Gandhi)

  • "Nobody can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody." (Anon)

  • "Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand." (Chinese Proverb)

  • "If you give me some food you have fed me for a day. If you teach me to grow food then you have fed me until the land is over-taxed so it can be seized for development. But if you teach me to organize, then whatever the challenge, I can join together with my peers and we will fashion our own solution." (Anon)