Lewisham Ethnic Minority Partnership networking event today


Disciple Samuel Georgewill is an example of how far determination and hard work can go. The former doorman, who was already a volunteer in his local community, saw posters around his church and neighbourhood promoting the OBV Lewisham Leadership Scheme. Impressed by the opportunity, he decided to apply and was initially refused but his fortunes were good after a space became available and he was granted a place on the scheme.

15 years of Operation Black Vote


Last month, Operation Black Vote marked a significant point in its history – its 15th anniversary at the American Embassy in London.

Welcome to the next generation of BME MPs


It was a journey which began and ended at the Houses of Parliament; a journey which lasted just five months but has equipped a group of aspiring leaders with knowledge, experience and confidence to play their part in making the UK a better place to live in.

Back in October 2011, 25 men and women were chosen from across the nation to take part in Operation Black Vote's groundbreaking Parliamentary Shadowing Scheme, which would take them to the corridors of power in a bid to understand the mechanics of politics and democracy in Britain.

Fabrice Muamba: Footballing world prays for recovery


The world of football and beyond united in its thoughts for the young, gifted Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba who unexpectedly collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest during the FA cup clash against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

After so much negativity in English football in recent months, the game regained much of its integrity in the way it responded to such a public tragedy.

Racist parents hound out Asian head teacher


Reading the plight of head teacher Sudhana Singh, you'd be forgiven in thinking what occurred at this local primary school was in America's deep South during the 1960's, not a quite suburb of Reading in the 21st century.

Governors of Moorlands Primary School and Reading Borough Council have been branded a 'disgrace', for not dealing with what has been described as a 'Playground mafia of racist parents'.

Shedding light on transracial adoption


Statistics sadly shows that young people from BME communities are three times more likely to be in care longer than white children.

Interestingly enough, when kids from a BME background are placed, many of them are welcomed into the home of white parents due to the lack of prospective Black or Asian adopted parents. Transracial adoption, although largely unheard of, is a reality for thousands of families in Britain today.

OBV graduate Abi Olumbori to stand in Braintree council by-election


As Cllr Stephen Sandbook for Braintree South stepped down last month after moving out of the district, Braintree Council has announced the candidates for Thursday's by-election. OBV would like to congratulate Conservative candidate Abi Olumbori.

Abi took part in the OBV Parliamentary Shadowing Scheme and will be graduating this week and we are pleased to see her getting closer to achieve a great political career.

NCVO: Betraying Black communities again?


The coalition public sector cuts are biting hard. Poor communities are watching their civic, cultural and social support and development infrastructures being swept away in a tidal wave of closures and cuts. The brutal reality is that we have seen only 15 per cent of these cuts actually be delivered; there is much more pain to come. In the context of these savage cuts a conference held by the leading voluntary sector umbrella body should have been a welcome opportunity to discuss the potential impacts and possible responses to the Government’s economic policy.

Black British youths


There are a number of countries within the European Union teetering at the brink of bankruptcy. Greece has just survived another nail-biting deadline to refinance its loans to avoid a complete meltdown.

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