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

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...
Updating on the work of Remember Oluwale

Updating on the work of Remember Oluwale

Thanks to Leeds Printing Company we have a new banner: click here to view it Social Justice banner card Work on the Memorial Garden is continuing: With Pippa Hale at The Tetley and Simon Baker of Group Ginger architects an interim plan for the Garden is being developed while we commission a...
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)....
Oluwale Partnership Symposium - Reports and photos

Oluwale Partnership Symposium – Reports and photos

We received very positive feedback from the Symposium -- thanks again to our partners in organising this: Together for Peace, Touchstone, LASSN, St George's Crypt and the Centre for Applied Social Research at Leeds Beckett University, whose generosity in letting us use the fabulous facilities at the university's Rose Bowl...
#BlackLivesMatter

#BlackLivesMatter

RememberOluwale is delighted to be working with the British campaign group that is explaining the protests in Ferguson, Ohio against the killing of Michael Brown last November. Board member Sai Murray will be speaking alongside Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter at the Leeds West Indian Centre on Wednesday 4th February...
45 Years On: Fundraising event for the David Oluwale Memorial Garden - programme

45 Years On: Fundraising event for the David Oluwale Memorial Garden – programme

Announcing the final programme for the major event at Left Bank, Leeds, on Saturday 3rd May 2014, organised by Masters students at Leeds Metropolitan University with help from our charity . . .   It’s exactly 45 years since David died REMEMBER OLUWALE FUNDRAISING EVENT Celebrating Diversity in Leeds Saturday...
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Remember Oluwale Annual Report

Here is the first Annual Report of our charity (up to 31 May 2014). It’s full of information and photos. It includes our Accounts.  It’s well worth a read. DOMA Annual Report 2014 final But if you are too much of a hurry, it opens with this “impact statement”: The David Oluwale Memorial Association has...
Progress report - developing the Memorial Garden

Progress report – developing the Memorial Garden

As you’ve seen in earlier posts, Leeds Met University (now Leeds Beckett University) students have produced a model and drawings for the David Oluwale Memorial Garden. We are now working on detailed costings for the Garden’s various elements. The basic groundwork will be done by Leeds City Council’s Environment Agency flood-defence programme, and the beautiful...
The Fundraiser - Saturday 3rd May 2014

The Fundraiser – Saturday 3rd May 2014

Thanks to the Leeds Met University International Events Management Masters’ students we have a superb fund-raising event coming soon. It includes live performances, global foods, arts and crafts and (short) speeches, including an address by the President of the Nigerian Community Leeds. If you are anywhere near Leeds on 3rd May, please make every effort...

Linton Kwesi Johnson remembered Oluwale right from the start

A supporter on our Facebook page has just sent us this link to a poem by the great Linton Kwesi Johnson – backed here by the Dennis Bovell band – which contains a reference to David.  It’s so good we thought we should post it here

Remember Oluwale garden design now completed

Thanks to a wonderful team of third year students at Leeds Met University studying landscape architecture and art and garden design, we now have a plan for the Memorial Garden for David Oluwale. All being well it will be built in the Spring of 2015. The land, on Water Lane, just near Leeds Bridge in...
Stop scapegoating migrants and change the economy

Stop scapegoating migrants and change the economy

Our ‘Remember Oluwale’ project starts with the knowledge that David Oluwale came to the UK as what would now be called an ‘illegal immigrant’.  (At the time, by stowing away in a cargo ship he was simply in breach of maritime regulations.) Thus we are educating and campaigning on the complex issue of migration, and...
The precarious lives of asylum seekers who undergo forced labour

The precarious lives of asylum seekers who undergo forced labour

This excellent article by Jon Burnett of the Institute of Race Relations reports and comments on important research undertaken by our friends at the Universities of Leeds and Salford into the terrible working conditions of people who are refused entry into the legitimate labour market.  You can read the article here and the full report is...

Asylum-seeker housing scandal in Leeds exposed

John Grayson, the Barnsley based researcher and campaigner, has been following the case of Angela (not her real name) over the past six months. Angela is unusual among asylum-seekers in that she is willing go public with her claim for decent housing while she awaits a Home Office decision on her application for refugee status....
Remembering Oluwale: Performance 23rd January 2013

Remembering Oluwale: Performance 23rd January 2013

Remembering Oluwale: Part 1 – Performance (23rd January 2013) DOMA has commissioned Khadijah Ibrahiim with Leeds Young Authors, and Rommi Smith with the Baggage Handlers to create a programme of poetic and place-based activities. With food and music, the event will be hosted by Chijioke John Ojukwu of the Nigerian Community in Leeds. The event will demonstrate...
Leeds BHM event

Leeds BHM event

Max Farrar will be giving a short presentation about the David Oluwale Memorial Association as part of Leeds Black History Month at the City Museum on Thursday 25th October. There will also be a screening of Corinne Silva’s short film Wandering Abroad which traces David’s journey down the river Aire, his final journey, but also narrates...

Past events

Past events include: Friday 1st February 2008 – Service in support of rough sleepers, Leeds Parish Church, 7 pm Monday 31st March 2008 – Professor Caryl Phillips on the meaning of David’s life and death in Leeds, and Ian Duhig (Eliot Poetry Prize Nominee) reading his poem about David. 7 pm Leeds West Indian Centre,...
Seyi Ogunjobi on Remember Oluwale

Seyi Ogunjobi on Remember Oluwale

I share the same heritage and culture with Oluwale as a Yoruba descendant. We are aware of the diabolic treatment that led to the brutal murder of David Oluwale in Leeds in 1969, but we can not dwell on his negative experiences as already indicated during the workshop held in Leeds on 26th June 2012....