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APPARENTLY, I’M NOT BRITISH

According to the Daily Mail, even second- and third-generation children born in the UK are not truly ‘British’ In another lifetime, a few years ago, when I used to run messageboards primarily populated by British Asians, we were occasionally invaded by National Front and BNP trolls. They told us to “go back to your own country”, and we retorted that we were born here and had as much right to call ourselves British as they did. Their retort almost inevitably was: “Just because a dog is born in a stable doesn’t make it a horse”. But who really takes lessons...

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CIVIL RIGHTS TIMELINE

January is Civil Rights Month in the USA so Diverse presents the Civil Rights Timeline. 1954 May 17 The Supreme Court rules on the landmark case Brownv. Board of Education of Topeka, Kans., unanimously agreeing that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. The ruling paves the way for large-scale desegregation. The decision overturns the 1896Plessy v. Ferguson ruling that sanctioned “separate but equal” segregation of the races, ruling that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” It is a victory for NAACP attorney Thurgood Marshall, who will later return to the Supreme Court as the USA’s first black justice. 1955 Aug Fourteen-year-old...

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OBAMA’S SPEECH – AN ANALYSIS

YES WE CAN!! More prose than poetry means: it’s time to get down to work. A presidential inaugural address can be pitched either to the ages, replete with eternal verities, or to the particular moment, cataloguing the challenges of the day, but rarely to both. I think most of us expected the former from Barack Hussein Obama, whose most stirring oratories have certainly sung with ageless poetry. This speech had those moments, to be sure, and Obama from time to time reached back to Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and even to Paul the Apostle. But what was surprising was how...

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PRESIDENT OBAMA INAUGURATION – REPORT

Obama inauguration: We will remake America, vows President Obama America’s first black president promises to roll back Bush years and restore nation’s moral standing Barack Hussein Obama, the US president, ushered in a new era of Democratic rule today with a promise to begin rolling back the Bush years and restore the nation’s moral standing in the world. The 44th president, speaking in front of the biggest inauguration crowd in US history, said: “Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin again the work of remaking America.” An estimated 2 million people, wrapped up against the...

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA – FULL INAUGURATION SPEECH

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of...

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JAN 19, 2009 – MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a United States holiday marking the birthdate of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. In 2009 Martin Luther King Day falls on January 19th. But who is Martin Luther King Jr? Biography of Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) Born in Atlanta, GA on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was the eldest son of Martin Luther King, Sr., pastor and civil rights leader, and Alberta Williams King, whose father was the...

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HISTORY LINKS KING HOLIDAY, OBAMA INAUGURATION

Martin Luther King’s flame has always burned brightest in Atlanta, but in a real sense, the torch is being passed to Washington, D.C., with his birthday and holiday taking on dual meaning for many Americans because it falls on the eve of Barack Obama’s inauguration. While Georgia’s capital has traditionally been the place for the most high-profile observance that day, this year it will share the spotlight with the nation’s capital. But the shift from King’s hometown does nothing to diminish the excitement of the moment, said William Jelani Cobb, an American history professor at Atlanta’s Spelman College. “That we...

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FAILING DISABLED PEOPLE

It’s shameful that the British government still hasn’t ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Parliament’s joint committee on human rights has castigated the government over its “extremely disappointing” failure to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the first human rights treaty of the 21st century. This international instrument opened for signature in March 2007, and while Britain signed up promptly we have not subsequently joined the 44 states that have gone on to ratify the convention, which includes Australia, Brazil, Hungary, South Africa, Spain and Uganda. Nearly 5,000 people have signed the...

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ORIENTATION IRRELEVANT IN SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE

Court of Appeal Published January 5, 2009 English v Thomas Sanderson Ltd Before Lord Justice Laws, Lord Justice Sedley and Lord Justice Lawrence Collins Judgment December 19, 2008 Harassment at work on the ground of sexual orientation could occur irrespective of the victim’s actual sexual orientation or the tormentors’ perception of his orientation. The Court of Appeal so held in a reserved judgment (Lord Justice Laws dissenting) allowing an appeal by Stephen English from the dismissal by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (Judge Peter Clark, Mr H. Singh and Mr S. Yeboah) on February 20, 2008 ([2008] UK EAT 0556-07-2002) of...

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200TH BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF BRAILLE INVENTOR

Blind people the world over are celebrating the 200th birthday, January 4th, of blind communication pioneer Louis Braille. The Frenchman gave his name to the revolutionary code of six dots that help the blind read, write and do everyday things that sighted people take for granted. Over the centuries Braille has had an enormous effect on the lives of millions of people across 120 countries worldwide. It is not a language but a code by which all languages may be written and read. The ability to read and write in Braille opens the door to literacy, intellectual freedom, equal opportunity,...