Blair Peach Remembrance Student Competition
23rdApril will mark the 40 years since the death of Blair Peach.
Blair was a teacher at Phoenix School in Tower Hamlets andan active member of the East London Teachers’ Association (now the Tower Hamlets and the City district of the NEU).
Blair was a campaigner and activist against far right and neo-Nazi organisations. He attended a demonstration held by the Anti-Nazi League outside the town hall in Southall, West London on Monday 23 April 1979, St George’s Day, joining 3,000 protesters against a National Front meeting, taking place in the town hall. Present at the demonstration were over 2,500 police, and it became violent; more than 40 people, including 21 police, were injured and 300 were arrested. Peach was knocked unconscious and died the next day in Hospital.
Blair Peach believed in the inclusion of everyone no matter what race, religion or educational ability.
The NEU Tower Hamlets and the City district are running a competition for students to create a poster or poem to celebrate the life of Blair Peach and what he stood up for.
The poster or poem should include the statement Unity is Strength and celebrate the beliefs of Blair Peach. Entries should be on bigger than 1 side of A4.
There are 3 entry categories and all winning entries will be part of an exhibition to mark Blair’s life at Bow Arts and receive a prize.
To entry Please send entries toTower Hamlets and The City NEU
455 The Highway,
On the back of the entry write your full name, category you are entering, School name and the name, email address or phone number of your parent or carer.
Closing date: TBC
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The award is named after the past president of East London NUT who was killed during an anti-racist demonstration in Southall, London on 23 April 1979.
On the day of his death, Blair Peach was marching against the far right National Front. He was killed by a blow the head from one of a group of police officers.
The award is granted to individual members or groups of members who have made significant and exemplary contributions to LGBTQ+, race, gender, and/or disability equality in their school or division.
Baljeet Ghale, ELTA Treasurer and a former national president of the national union, won the 2016 Blair Peach Award.
She received the award for her outstanding work as a champion for diversity and equality at every level of the union, and in the wider community.
This includes a regular celebration of equalities at her school with the dedication of different weeks to different strands.
Christine Blower, the then General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers said:
“Baljeet Ghale is not one for ducking the issues that matter. She has championed diversity and equality at all levels – both at school level, and in the public eye. Many will remember the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants’ widespread poster campaign ahead of the 2015 General Election, in which Baljeet was one of many who said ‘I am an Immigrant’. This was a powerful message which celebrated diversity and challenged prejudice. Baljeet is a deserving winner of this year’s Blair Peach Award.”