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 had 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.
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).
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
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