promoting knowledge and
understanding of the life
and death of David Oluwale.

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...
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...
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...
Creative Costume  Making 2: Making King David's Head

Creative Costume Making 2: 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...
Virtual Migrants perform Continent Chop Chop (with Remember Oluwale workshop)

Virtual Migrants perform Continent Chop Chop (with Remember Oluwale workshop)

RememberOluwale partnered with the amazing Virtual Migrants arts collective for the Leeds leg of their national tour with Continent Chop Chop, their climate justice performance which foregrounds migration issues arising from global warming. Sai Murray (poet and Board member of RememberOluwale, seen in the photo above) devised the programme and led...
Remembering David in history, poetry, music and film

Remembering David in history, poetry, music and film

There is now a considerable body of work which reflects on David Oluwale's life and tragic death. This long essay by Max Farrar, Secretary to the David Oluwale Memorial Association, discusses several of the most substantial works, starting with Ron Phillips's important article 'The Death of One Lame Darkie' (1972)....
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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,...

Creative Costume Making

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...

Remembering Darcus Howe: The Mangrove Nine film (28th June 2017)

Full information on the 28th June 2017 event is  here.  [A photo report after the event was posted here  ] What follows is the description of the event we organised . . .   David Oluwale’s story was first told by Ron Phillips in a 1972 issue of Race Today magazine. Darcus Howe became the editor...

RISE! Resistance songs in Leeds on 14th May 2017

We are proud to be sponsoring the Leeds gig of the forthcoming tour by RISE! CELEBRATE RESISTANCE! TOUR 2017 Traumatised by Trump? Maxed out by Theresa’s Mayhem? Browned off by Brexit? Then come and celebrate the alternative facts and histories of resistance in the stirring songs of RISE! RISE! is a six-piece band built around...

Remembering David (d. 1969) and Christopher (d.1998)

Here are the #RememberOluwale slides we used at the event last night discussing the deal in custody of Christopher Alder in 1998, and David Oluwale’s life and death (1949- 1969). David O life presentation PDF This is probably the most succinct account we’ve produced so far of David’s abjection. We are very grateful to Dr Say Burgin...

February 2017 events

#RememberOluwale is supporting two events this month: Conversations in Black History (1st) and the film Generation Revolution (10th). We hope people in our near Leeds will join us. Conversations in Black History (on Wednesday 1st Feb 2017) includes Janet Alder speaking about the death in police custody in Hull of her brother Christopher, and Mahalia France-Mir (Board...

DOMA Annual Report and Accounts 2016

Please find the time to read our latest Annual Report DOMA Annual Report 2016 As well as providing our financial accounts, we review the charity’s work over the previous year, including photos and brief descriptions of the events we organised with our partners: The Oluwale Partnership Symposium (Leeds Beckett University, 17.4.15) with wonderful support from the...

Remembering Oluwale – An Anthology published

Three Minutes of Empathy View the poetry/film here Remembering Oluwale Anthology is now published. We’ve just awarded the prizes and launched the book arising from our David Oluwale Writing competition. Remembering Oluwale – An Anthology (edited by SJ Bradley, Valley Press, 2016) and the winning entries are announced on the Big BookEnd’s site here. We offer our huge congratulations to...

Latest news from RememberOluwale (May 2016)

The Memorial Garden project has good news and not-so-good news. The good news is that we have a brilliant proposal from a world-famous artist for a major piece of public art in the name of David Oluwale. We haven’t signed the papers yet so we can’t announce the name, but it is a perfect fit for...

Oluwale Writing Prize long-list

Twenty-six writers of poetry and short stories responding to David Oluwale have been selected and the winners will be announced on 27th April. 70 entries were received in a competition organised by Fictions of Every Kind and the Big Bookend in partnership with the RememberOluwale charity. The world-renowned writers Caryl Phillips (author of one of...

The David Oluwale Writing Prize deadline looms

The 1971 ‘Remember Oluwale’ graffiti has inspired writers and poets. Our Writing Prize  offers more opportunities to reflect on David’s life and the issues it provokes. Please contribute — the deadline (6th March 2016) approaches fast. A book containing the best entries will be published in June 2016. Our high-profile judges are Caryl Phillips, Marina Lewycka...

Impressive line-up for our next event: Gary Younge, Caryl Phillips and more (26.2.16)

Renowned Guardian journalist Gary Younge will talk about the relationship between David Oluwale’s life and the US campaigns #blacklivesmatter. Plus Caryl Phillips on researching and writing his piece on David (‘Northern Lights’ in his Foreigners: Three English Lives (2007); Corinne Silva on her film about David, Wandering Abroad and her current gardens of resistance project; Kasia Boddy and George...