An activist’s journey: In conversation with Patrick Vernon OBE and Kelly Foster

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Patrick Vernon OBE

Windrush Next? Struggle for Justice Series.

In Memory of Paulette Wilson Supported with funds from Paul Hamlyn Foundation

The Windrush Next? Struggle for Justice series takes a critical view of how the 2018 ‘Windrush Scandal’ has historical roots, and asks questions about community activism, government policy making, commemorations, monuments and the making of an historical legacy. The first event of the series is Patrick Vernon OBE in conversation with public historian Kelly Foster. The series will also include podcasts made in partnership with Colourful Radio, and a conference.

Leading Windrush activist, social commentator and cultural historian Patrick Vernon OBE has been named one of Vogue’s top 20 activists in their September 2020 issue. In this exclusive event Kelly Foster, public historian and Blue Badge guide, interviews Patrick on his early activism, the Windrush Scandal and what work is still left to do. Attendees will learn the latest on campaigns to support people affected by the Windrush Scandal, how Patrick is working to address the hostile environment policy, and find inspiration for their own activism.

Streamed live on BCA’s Youtube channel. The event will be British Sign Language interpreted.


Patrick Vernon OBE is social commentator, campaigner and cultural historian. He has over twenty years’ senior experience working across mental health, public health, heritage and race equality and is well known in health, local government and the voluntary sector. In 2018 he kick started the campaign for an amnesty for the Windrush Generation. Patrick is currently Associate Director for Connected Communities at the Centre for Ageing Better, Equality and Diversity Adviser to Lambeth Council, Chair of Citizens Partnership for Healthcare Investigation Branch (HSIB) and Senior Associate at OLMEC. Patrick is a Patron of ACCI a long established black mental health charity in Wolverhampton and Patron of Santé a social enterprise in Camden which supports and befriends refugees and asylum seekers across London. Patrick is Vice Chair of the Bernie Grant Trust and a board member of 38 Degrees. He received and OBE in 2012 for his work in race equality and health. He was award an honorary PhD by Wolverhampton University in 2018 for his campaigning and writing on culture, history and migration. In 2019 Patrick received the SMK Lifetime Achievement Award for campaigning.

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