A. Sivanandan 1923-2018

Sivanandan was a giant of the anti-racist movement. His written work offered people like me, serious food for thought in elevating our understanding of race inequality in the context of a society in which black people and immigrants were viewed as problematic outsiders. He was one of the thinkers that joined the dots between the historical colonial experience and the realities of contemporary British Society, adding to and deepening our understanding. In particular 'Form Resistance to Rebellion: Asian and Afro-Caribbean Struggles in Britain' was a piece I returned to time and time again for insight. Voice4Change send collective condolences go out to Jenny Bourne and other family members.

Almost a year ago, at BFI South Bank we at Voice4Change paid tribute to clutch of black activists who were an inspiration for my generation via the 38 year old film Blacks Britannica by screening the film and trying to gather as many of its characters together in one place including Colin Prescod, Gus John and co-producer Margret Henry. Siva could not it make owing to ill health, however still wanted to convey to the packed audience the following:

' I am sorry I cannot be with you today, but I hope your event helps to bring people together for the new fight ahead against a virulent state racism and Islamophobia. Count me in, if not in the flesh, in spirit. Siva'

I am sure this, now seemingly prophetic message, will be remembered. I am also hopeful that through the legacy of his written work his spirit will continue to endure.

Kunle Olulode