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 and Dr Anyaa Anim-Addo of Leeds University’s History department for inviting us to speak at the first of their ‘Conversations in Black History’ in Leeds. More info on the event here
Here are some photos from the event. First, #RememberOuwale Board member Mahalia France-Mir talking about the significance of David’s life for our campaigning today – “How much has changed?”, she asked. Sitting next to Janet Alder, Christopher’s brother, she explained that the Memorial Garden for David will be a place of tranquility, fun, art and culture, and a place where discussion can take place on the pressing issues of the day — the intersecting trials that David faced, stemming from his migration journey from Lagos to Leeds: incarceration, mental ill-health, destitution, racism, homelessness and police violence.
Remember Oluwale Board member Sai Murray read two poems picking up the “garden” theme. Then he dramatically performed one of his own titled Reparation Dialogue. And he advertised our Remembering Oluwale Anthology, which sold well after the event.
Janet Alder then related the extraordinary story of the death at the hands of the Hull police of her brother David in 1998. This account here ends with the astonishing revelation that, adding gross insult to terrible injury, the police allowed another body to be buried instead of Christopher’s, and used his body for training purposes. Janet is writing a book explaining all and we will support Janet in every way we can. Here are photos of Janet at the Leeds West Indian Centre last night.