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and death of David Oluwale.

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On Freedom, Memory and David Oluwale

The Leeds Library teamed up with Melanie Abrahams (pictured) of Renaissance One in the first of a series of ‘salons’. The topic was Freedom. The #RememberOluwale charity was invited to contribute, and this is the talk I wrote. On Freedom & Remembering Oluwale The main speakers were #KeiMiller, #NaomiSumnerChan and #SaiMurray. (Event took place on 28.6.18)  ...

Was David Oluwale a martyr?

9. David Oluwale memory and martyrdom Max Farrar (FINAL 4) This is a chapter written by the Secretary to #RememberOluwale that debates whether or not David is a martyr. It includes the reason why we think Ellerker and Kitching should have been convicted of David’s murder. More information on the book in which this chapter...

Ishaq Imruh Bakari returns to Leeds to launch his poetry book (12.5.18)

WITHOUT PASSPORT OR APOLOGY You are invited to the Leeds launch of internationally renowned writer & film-maker Ishaq Imruh Bakari‘s latest poetry collection. This is a FREE EVENT on Saturday 12th May 2018, 1-3pm, at the Chapeltown Library, Reginald Centre, Chapeltown Road, Leeds LS7 3EX.  The venue is just a few yards from the place where the...

SEASON’S GREETINGS 2017

One of the highlights of the Remember Oluwale charity’s work this year was our contribution to the Leeds West Indian Carnival’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Here is the photo we used in our 2017 Season’s Greetings card: “All Ah We Are Migrants”: King David Oluwale and his Harrison Bundey Mama Dread Migrant Masqueraders at the 50th...

Remembering Oluwale Anthology — an ideal present!

Thinking about a present for a friend or family member? You can’t do better than Remembering Oluwale – An Anthology  Edited by SJ Bradley, with an introduction by Max Farrar, this prize-winning book includes extracts from published authors on David Oluwale (including Caryl Phillips, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Ian Duhig and Kester Aspden) as well as 26...

#RememberOluwale (DOMA) Annual Report for 2016-7

Here’s our annual report for our AGM in June 2017. It’s taken me all this time to insert the photos. (The above photo is in the report — RememberOluwale supported this event on Leeds Bridge on 20.1.71.) DOMA 4th Annual Report to 2017 pdf It’s not too long and it will keep you pretty well...
We are all migrants (3) Milda's story

We are all migrants (3) Milda’s story

Here’s another reflection on the experience of migration, this time from Lithuania. It’s part of our series arising from the participation of King David (Oluwale) in the All Ah We Are Migrants troupe formed by Harrison Bundey Mama Dread’s Masqueraders at the Leeds West Indian Carnival in August 2017. This story was recorded by our...
WE ARE ALL MIGRANTS (2) EMILY’S STORY

WE ARE ALL MIGRANTS (2) EMILY’S STORY

  Remember Oluwale was proud to work with the Harrison Bundey Mama Dread Migrant Masqueraders at the Leeds West Indian Carnival in August 2017. As this King David page explains, we created a Carnival King David, who lead over 100 migrant masqueraders through Chapeltown and Harehills on 28th August, Bank Holiday Monday. We handed out...

A Place called Home: Caryl Phillips, Imtiaz Dharker & Glyn Maxwell on 13.10.17

Highly respected writers will help us investigate the idea of ‘being at home’ in the modern city on 13th October. There was no safe home for David Oluwale in Leeds. The idea for a memorial to David Oluwale came from Caryl Phillips. He’ll be reading from the chapter about David in his book Foreigners. The poet,...
WE ARE ALL MIGRANTS (1) SHAHNAZ’S STORY

WE ARE ALL MIGRANTS (1) SHAHNAZ’S STORY

The work Remember Oluwale did with the Leeds carnival took the theme All Ah We Are Migrants. As we said in our postcard, distributed at the carnival, ‘every human has a migration story’. To illustrate this theme, we are posting a series of interviews about migration to Britain  over the past 50 years or so....
Creative Costume  Making (3): Making King David's Head

Creative Costume Making (3): Making King David’s Head

This post is a visual guide to the process of making the head that represents our King David Oluwale, and the harness that will be used to carry the sculpture at the Leeds West Indian Carnival (on 25th and 28th August 2017). Major thanks to the artists Alan Pergusey, Hughbon Condor and Jane Storr for...
Creative Costume Making (2)

Creative Costume Making (2)

Over the summer, Heena Siddiqi did a placement from her digital media course at Leeds University with the Remember Oluwale charity. She wrote this for us. At the end, there is of the films she made for us. Heena writes: From my experience of visiting the Harrison Bundey Mama Dread Carnival Mas Camp I have...