--------REMEMBER DAVID OLUWALE--------DROWNED 18 APRIL 1969--------50TH ANNIVERSARY 2019--------LEEDS / WEST YORKSHIRE / UK--------REMEMBER DAVID OLUWALE--------DROWNED 18 APRIL 1969--------50TH ANNIVERSARY 2019--------LEEDS / WEST YORKSHIRE / UK



FIFTY YEARS ON:

LEARNING FROM THE LIFE & DEATH

OF DAVID OLUWALE


#DAVIDOLUWALE50TH

COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS IN APRIL 2019


David was last seen in Call Lane, near Leeds Bridge, in the early hours of 18th April 1969. Witness David Condon said he saw an old man being pursued by two men in police uniform very near to the River Aire. So, during April, we are thinking of David, mourning his death and building a hopeful future for the city of Leeds. We have a special event at his graveside in the morning of 18th April 2019. As always, we use the arts to promote our vision for a better city. (Please share all the links of the events below.)

We agree with Chief Superintendent John Perkins, of London’s Metropolitan police, that Inspector Ellerker and Sergeant Kitching were guilty of murder. That’s the charge he recommended, after months of painstaking investigation, in which several honourable police officers testified against their “superiors”. We believe Ellerker and Kitching were the men in uniform seen by David Condon. But the Department of Public Prosecutions downgraded it from murder to a manslaughter charge. We think the Judge misdirected the jury, but that’s another story. (There’s much more information on the WHO page).


Photo of Jackie Kay © Max Farrar

Wednesday 17th April 7pm

Poetry for David Oluwale

Stage@Leeds, University of Leeds


A special performance in honour of David Oluwale’s memory by the acclaimed poets Jackie Kay, Zaffar Kunial and Ian Duhig. More about each of them here Jackie Kay, Zaffar Kunial
Ian Duhig.
Tickets are selling well for this event so book now!
Eventbrite link to information and tickets.

Jackie Kay explains why David Oluwale’s story is so important to her in this video

Here are two of the poems Jackie will read at the 17th April event


Rasheed Araeen and his wife in front of For Oluwale (1972-5) at The Baltic. © Max Farrar

RASHEED ARAEEN ON DAVID OLUWALE

AT THE TETLEY ARTS CENTRE


London-based Rasheed Araeen was one of the first artists to respond to the death of David Oluwale. He produced For Oluwale (1972-5) in a series of responses to the reports in the national press of the trial of Ellerker and Kitching. The original work is currently on display at The Baltic in Gateshead.

His For Oluwale 2 made in the 1980's is now on display at The Tetley Centre for Contemporary Art and Education in Leeds. RememberOluwale helped with the organisation of this exhibition — it’s on for the next few months so please go to see it!

At The Tetley now, a page from the Yorkshire EVening Post’s coverage of the trial.

Police photo of the River Aire in 1971 around the place at which David was drowned.

Thursday 18th April 2019 at 10am

Gathering at David Oluwale’s graveside

Killingbeck Cemetery, Leeds


Exactly 50 years after David’s death in the River Aire near Leeds Bridge, we will gather in his honour with songs, music and speeches from the Nigerian Community, Leeds and others.
Information, and to book a seat on the coach leaving the parking bay in Kirkgate, close to Leeds Minster (formerly Leeds Parish Church) at 9.30: Eventbirte link


Police photo of Bridal House, Headrow Leeds, where David slept, 1971.

Friday 19th April 2019 5pm

Walking David Oluwale's Leeds

with Joe Williams

The Leeds Library


The historian, writer and actor Joe Williams (Heritage Corner) will lead a guided walk around David Oluwale’s places in Leeds city centre. He will show us where David enjoyed himself in his first few years from 1949, where he slept rough in his last two years, and where he drowned on 18th April 1969.
Eventbrite link to information and tickets.
We are planning an informal discussion at Leeds Library shortly after the end of this walk.


Pictured the cover of LKJ’s first book of poetry, published by Bogle l’Ouverture Press, 1975

Saturday 20th April 2019 2.30pm

Linton Kwesi Johnson

Leeds West Indian Centre, LS7 3JA


The internationally famous poet and activist Linton Kwesi Johnson will be in conversation with Dr. Emily Zobel Marshall, and he will read his poetry, including those he wrote in the 1970's referencing David Oluwale. More on LKJ...
Eventbrite link to information and tickets.


Photo of King David Oluwale and his Migrant Masqueraders at Leeds Carnival 2017 © Dave Goodfield

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 7pm

Three films for David Oluwale

Leeds Beckett University (Woodhouse Lane)


We will show three short films for David Oluwale:
Wandering Abroad (dir Corinne Silva, including interviews with Arthur France and David’s friend Gabriel Adams; 10 mins)
We Are All Migrants (director Rowenna Baldwin, including King David Oluwale and his Migrant Masqueraders at Leeds carnival; 25 mins)
Empathy (dir Harry Sullivan, with Ogun Arts poets performing live; 3 mins).
Plus Q&A with the directors.
See the trailer for Migrants...
More information and tickets on Facebook: Three Films for #DavidOluwale50th
Eventbrite link to book your tickets...


ART FOR DAVID OLUWALE ON THE

STREETS OF LEEDS IN APRIL


Watch out for David Oluwale artwork on the barrels that advertise events in Leeds and on selected billboards (eg. at the Leeds United stadium) throughout April. One piece is inspired by Rasheed Araeen and the other is by artist and graphic designer Andy Edwards.


Photo of King David Oluwale and his Migrant Masqueraders at Leeds Carnival 2017 © Dave Goodfield

THE DAVID OLUWALE MEMORIAL GARDEN


Our flagship project is the creation of a memorial garden in the centre of Leeds, close to the River Aire, that will help us to remember David, and to promote a hopeful and creative city here in Leeds. We have commissioned an internationally famous artist to build a sculpture arising out of water and surrounded by greenery and benches. We are at an advanced stage in agreeing a site for this sculpture garden.

Our vision is that the Memorial Garden is a beautiful, joyful place where:

  • everyone is welcome
  • there is sanctuary for all who are vulnerable
  • the diversity of the cultures in Leeds is expressed
  • quiet reflection is possible
  • debate about the issues facing the city of Leeds may take place
  • pleasure and conviviality are to be enjoyed
  • social justice is promoted
  • growth takes place — in flora and fauna, and in the lives of individuals and groups
  • creativity in all its forms (music, film, art etc) abounds
  • performance (spoken word, drama, dance etc) is produced
  • and the gardens will be playful places, attractive to people of all ages and types.


Keep Up To Date with #RememberOluwale

RememberOluwale uses Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to provide information published today that relates to the issues that marked David’s life: mental ill-health, homelessness, racism, destitution and police malpractice. David was a British citizen who migrated here, so we also provide information relating to those seeking refuge in the UK. We give credit to the city of Leeds for the progress it has made since David’s days. But there is so much more to be done. Our aim, always, is to help the city of Leeds become more inclusive, more just, more hospitable and more equal. Please go to our social media to find out about current campaigns.


David Oluwale Memorial Association. A registered charity No. 1151426. A company limited by guarantee No. 8107693.