Remembering Christopher and David

Remembering Christopher and David: Justice and Police Brutality in Yorkshire

Wednesday 1 February – 6pm, Leeds West Indian Centre, Laycock Place, LS7 3JA

In 1949, David Oluwale made his way from his native
Nigeria to Hull. He settled in Leeds. Twenty years later, he
was found drowned in the River Aire. In 1971, two Leeds
police officers were imprisoned for persistently assaulting
David as he slept rough, but they were acquitted of his murder.

Nearly 30 years after David’s death, 37-year-old
Christopher Alder’s life ended tragically. In 1998,
Christopher passed away in the custody suite of Queens
Gardens Police Station in Hull with his trousers to his
knees, and just yards away from the feet of police officers.

Please join us for this inaugural event in the Conversations in Black History series, where Janet Alder and the Remember Oluwale – The David Oluwale Memorial Association will share the stories of the lives and tragic deaths of David and Christopher. They’ll lead a discussion about attempts to push for justice, raise awareness and memorialize the lives and deaths of these men.

Janet Alder has tirelessly campaigned for justice for her brother Christopher since his passing in 1998. The David Oluwale Memorial Association promotes knowledge and understanding of the life and death of David Oluwale and campaigns against racism and exclusion in Leeds today.

The Conversations in Black History series aims to promote discussions in Leeds on black history, broadly defined. The series is sponsored by the Leeds West Indian Centre Charitable Trust, School of History University of Leeds, and the Leeds University Centre for African Studies.