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Inhaltsangabe: Paul Stephenson is one of the UK's leading Civil Rights activists and has travelled extensivey to the United States to support the US Civil Rights Movement. In his foreword to Memories of a Black Englishman Tony Benn writes: "Paul Stephenson's life, as readers of this book will see, offers living proof that history is made by the people who make the effort. "It also shows that the initial hostility that they provoke is replaced by respect and good will if the effort continues for long enough. "Paul Stephenson's life confirms that expectation and I strongly recommend his book." Paul Stephenson enlisted the support of Tony Benn (then a Labour MP in Bristol) to take on the Bristol Bus Company in 1963 who were refusing to employ black drivers. The Bristol Bus Boycott was based on the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1956 and marked the start of a lifetime of campaigning by Stephenson. He was regarded as a trouble maker as he challenged racist practices in all aspects of life and strove to bring together black and white communities across the world. His work has been hugely influential and has resulted in him being honored with an OBE and being given the Freedom of the City of Bristol where he lives with his wife Joyce.
About the Author: In 2008 Paul Stephenson was given the Freedom of the City of Bristol in recognition of the work he has done there to bring the black and white communities together. Born in 1937 Paul was English and black, joined the RAF and when he was demobilized, his first job was as a youth worker in Bristol which led him into his campaign against discrimination on the buses. Later he went to America and on to Jamaica. He was appointed as a community relations officer and served in that capacity in Coventry and from there to become a national youth officer for the National Community Relations Council in London where he won the support of Muhammad Ali for his plan to promote sports development among the ethnic minority.
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