We are excited to invite you to listen to Patrick Vernon OBE talk about his relentless campaigning work for social justice, health inequalities, and focusing on the experiences of those affected by the Windrush scandal.
Patrick has had a remarkable career, he campaigned tirelessly for the people affected by the Windrush scandal and led a successful campaign for 22 June to be recognized annually as Windrush Day, a national day acknowledging the migrant contribution to UK society, which was officially backed by the British government in 2018.
Patrick has played a significant role promoting the histories of diverse communities as founder of Every Generation and the “100 Great Black Britons” campaign. He is also an expert on African and Caribbean genealogy in the UK.
In 2019 he was awarded a lifetime achievement award for campaigning and advocacy work by the SMK Foundation. In 2020 Patrick was selected by British Vogue as one of Britain’s top 20 campaigners and was included in the 2020 Power list of 100 influential Black People in Britain.
In 2020 Patrick established the Majonzi Fund which provides small grants to families and community groups to organise commemoration events for individuals from BAME communities who have died from Covid-19 over the last 19 months.
Finally, Patrick is a broadcaster who writes blogs and articles for the national and international media on the topics of healthcare, cultural heritage, and race. In August 2021 Patrick was appointed Honorary Professor of Cultural Heritage and Community Leadership for the Department of Community Development at Wolverhampton University.
This session is open to staff and community members.