New route back perks 😄✨
There’s leader who ‘hold’ a ‘position’ of power..& there are those who regardless of position lead by example, inspire us by who they are, what they do..how they do it...✨
This Bristol mural of inspirational leader (imo) Roy Hackett I was lucky to take the other day by taking a new route back 🚲 recently. Upon arriving in Bristol in 1958 Roy from the Caribbean, Roy was met with signs on accommodation stating ‘no blacks, no gipseys, no Irish & no dogs’ & Roy struggled to find accommodation with many doors slammed in his face’. (Bristol Wiki).
Inspired to make a stance against this shocking racism & xenophobia he set up committee to unite the Caribbean community & champion equality ..In 1963 the Bristol Bus Company refused to hire black members of staff, so he helped launched a pivotal successful citywide boycott & campaign of the busses that opened up opportunities for BME members of society to work on the buses.Jamaica’s high commission awarded him outstanding contribution to his community. He also received ‘Maude money’ & thanks from the queen in 1993.
The committee has had a wide variety of successes over the years including the setting up & running of St Paul’s Carnival a huge multicultural festival in Bristol celebrating diversity still going to this day. The bottom of the mural it says Bristol icon..think graffiti was a lovely postmodern way of communicating this landmark moment of history of a Bristol & race equality for this brave cultural icon.
Realisation ✨🌱 I love it that a rare ‘exploratory’ training ride & decision to go one way instead of another led me to see dis & gain huge cultural historical insight & snapshot of time warts & all. Happy Friday peeps! I hope ya had a good day! 😉
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