Appeal : The Blue Plaque Crowdfunder for David Oluwale

david-oluwaleDavid Oluwale was a British-Nigerian citizen who arrived in Hull in East Yorkshire as a stowaway in a cargo ship from Lagos. Like all migrants, David travelled in hope of a brighter future. When David initially arrived in Leeds, he worked rebuilding post-war Britain and enjoyed the nightlife of this developing city.

However, from 1953 to 1969 he endured mental ill-health, homelessness, racism, destitution and police persecution, culminating in what we believe to be his drowning on 18th April 1969 in the River Aire, near Leeds Bridge, at the hands of two policemen.

Remember Oluwale works to commemorate David’s life as well as use his story to promote social and racial equality. We acknowledge that the city of Leeds has made great strides since 1969. We aim to help the city in coming to terms with its past, to improve its care for those who remain marginalised, and to promote compassion, cohesion, inclusion and social justice in Leeds.

Read the full appeal & donate >
Please Note: New stretch target
The appeal period has closed, but any additional funds raised will go towards a programme of arts-based events which promote compassion, inclusion and equality.

Other articles & resources:

Remembering David, at his graveside, 50 years later
YouTube Video

Linton Kwesi Johnson – poetry for David Oluwale
YouTube Video

TRUE CRIME: The Death of David Oluwale: Police Brutality
YouTube Video

The Hounding of David Oluwale
Guardian Review

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