REMEMBER OLUWALE:
THE DAVID OLUWALE MEMORIAL ASSOCATION (DOMA)

The David Oluwale Memorial Assocation (DOMA) starts with the story of David Oluwale’s origins in Nigeria and his migration to the UK as a stowaway. We set out his experience in the Leeds, in the north of England (1949 to 1969) of exclusion and police persecution, culminating in what we believe to be his murder by two policemen.  We acknowledge that Leeds has made great strides since then. We aim to educate the city of Leeds in coming to terms with its past, improving its care for those who remain marginalised, and to promote equality, diversity and racial harmony for our people.

DOMA is a charity registered with the UK Charities Commission.  (Registered Charity Number 1151426 DAVID OLUWALE MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION.) DOMA is also a company limited by guarantee registered at Companies House (England and Wales) (company number: 8107693). We meet all requirements of company legislation, and relevant documentation may be inspected at the Companies House web-site under our name.

The David Oluwale Memorial Association’s Articles of Association may be downloaded here

The objects of our Charity are:

To promote equality, diversity and racial harmony for the public benefit in Leeds specifically and the UK in general, in particular but not exclusively by any or all of the following means:

1) educating the public about the life and death of David Oluwale;

2) educating the public on the progress the City of Leeds has made towards justice for ethnic minorities and humane treatment of the homeless and destitute, and  combating the stigma of individuals experiencing mental ill health.

3) educating the public on what more needs to be done to achieve full racial justice and humane treatment of the homeless and destitute in Leeds, and to combat the stigma of individuals experiencing mental ill health.

 

Founding Patron:

Caryl Phillips is a world-renowned writer born in St Kitts and brought up in Leeds. One of his many books, Foreigners (2007), includes the story of David Oluwale. He originally proposed the idea of a memorial to David in Leeds.

Board Members:

John Battle  is a retired Member of Parliament for Leeds West (1987-2010) and is now an active volunteer for a number of organisations in Leeds. He is the chair of the Board.

Emma Bimpson worked in a large housing association before embarking on research for her PhD at the University of Leeds on housing policy and practice, concentrating on support provision for homeless people in Leeds.

Dr Max Farrar has been involved in social movements and campaigns in Leeds since 1968. He has a PhD in sociology, and is an emeritus professor at Leeds Beckett (formerly Metropolitan) University. He is a Board member and Trustee of the UK Friends of Abraham’s Path and a committee member of Leeds Taking Soundings. Max is secretary to the Board.

Mahalia France-Mir was a Regional Fundraiser for a major charity, and now works in a school. She supports other organisations to access funds to raise aspirations and increase social mobility. She also contributes to interfaith work and community development.

Peter Hindle-Marsh is an internationally qualified accountant and investment professional and is Managing Director of Spadina Capital where he advises ambitious companies of all sizes on business strategy, fund raising and acquisition and disposal transactions. Peter is the charity’s treasurer.

Isobel Kamiya has worked in a variety of social justice NGOs including The Monitoring Group and Equality Leeds. She currently works in the private sector in property development.

Duncan Milwain is a director at Lupton, Fawcett solicitors in Leeds, and head of its Trusts, Wills and Estates department. Duncan advises the Board on legal matters.

Sai Murray  is a poet, writer and graphic artist at Liquorice Fish. Sai does all the graphics and web development for the charity.

 

Consultants:

Sue Ball MAAP Sue directed and produced the launch event for DOMA held in January 2013 on the site for David’s Kitchen Garden.  A review of the event appeared on the Culture Vulture web-site here.

Pippa Hale is an artist who co-founded The Tetley Centre for Contemporary Art and Learning in Leeds. She is advising the Board on the commissioning of world-class public art for the David Oluwale Memorial Garden, and on the design of the garden.

Advisory Committee:

Ruth Bundey came to work in Leeds in October 1969, six months after David Oluwale’s death, for the then Race Relations Board. She settled in Chapeltown and helped produce Chapeltown News from 1972 to 1976. Frustrated by the inability of the Race Relations Board to achieve anything for black people, she retrained in law, and has worked as a solicitor in Chapeltown, since 1980.

Laura Connelly is a PhD researcher and seminar tutor at the University of Leeds. Her work falls within the broad field of the sociology of crime, with particular interests in migration, policing and the role of the voluntary sector in service provisions for victims.

Max Dunbar lives and works in Leeds and has been involved as a grants advisor in community campaigns, most recently Hyde Park Unity Day.

Ian Duhig is a former homelessness worker who has lived in Leeds for over thirty years, Ian Duhig has written six books of poetry, most recently ‘Pandorama’ (Picador 2010) which contains a series of elegies for David Oluwale

Arthur France, MBE is a retired engineer.  He was a member of the original David Oluwale Memorial committee (from 2008 until it became a charity in 2012). Arthur is a founder of the United Caribbean Association (in 1964); founder and Chair of the Leeds West Indian Carnival (since 1967); a founder Leeds West Indian Supplementary School (1970s); Chair (since 1985) of the Leeds West Indian Centre (founded 1982); chair of the  Chapeltown and Harehills Computer Assisted Learning School. He was a recipient of the BBC Black Children in Education National Award (1996). For these and many other achievements he was awarded the MBE in 1997 and an honorary doctorate at Leeds University in 2015.

Lorna Gledhill currently works for the Regional Asylum Activism Project in Yorkshire and Humberside, campaigning for the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK. She has previously supported DOMA with some early scoping research on the Water Lane site.

Remi Joseph-Salisbury has a sociology PhD from the University of Leeds and works in childhood studies at Leeds Beckett University. He has broad interests in race and ethnicity studies, and is a founding member of the Critical Race and Ethnicities Network.

Mike Love co-founded and works with Together for Peace, a local charity that brings together diverse people to generate cooperative projects that tackle local or global issues. A former solicitor, he is vice chair of the Stronger Communities partnership board of the Leeds Initiative, chair of Leeds Christian Community Trust, and trustee of Left Bank Leeds.

Dr Emily Zobel Marshall is Course Leader for English Literature and Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature at the School of Cultural Studies at Leeds Beckett UniversityShe teaches courses on African-American, Caribbean, African and Black British literature. Emily is particularly interested in race and identity politics, migration and forms of cultural resistance and cross-cultural fertilisation in the face of colonialism, with a particular focus on the Caribbean carnival. Her research specialisms are Caribbean literature and folklore and she has published widely in this field. Her book, Anansi’s Journey: A Story of Jamaican Cultural Resistance (2012) was published by the University of the West Indies Press and she is currently researching her forthcoming book, American Tricksters: Trauma, Tradition and Brer Rabbit, to be published by Rowman and Littlefield. 

Ellie Montgomery is a third year English Literature undergraduate at University of Leeds. As president of the English Society, she is keen to raise student engagement in cultural events around Leeds which focus on issues of race and ethnicity.

Chijioke John Ojukwu is an active member of the Nigerian Community Leeds.

Martin Patterson is a director of St George’s Crypt, serving the homeless in Leeds and was the founding chairperson of DOMA.

Michelle ScallyClarke grew up in Leeds and is now a poet, playwright, writing and creative workshop leader and performer. Her books include  I am and  She is.  Her work has appeared in anthologies such as Out of bounds, Next Stop Hope, Tangled Roots, The Identity Papers and Trading Roots. Find Michelle on Facebook or on Linked In