The National Union of Students Black Students Campaign held their summer conference in the historic slave port of Liverpool throughout the weekend of the 21st and 23rd of May 2010.
The campaign awarded the first ever National Black Achievers Awards 2010 Life Time Achievement Award to Mr Lee Jasper in recognition of his huge contribution in the fight for race equality in the UK.
Jasper received the prestigious award at the Black student’s gala dinner event recognising the work of black students from across the country. Mr Jasper was the only non-student to receive an award that he accepted to tumultuous applause from the assembled gathering.
Speaking after receiving the award Mr Jasper said:
“I delighted and humbled to have been the first recipient of this award. The work of the NUS Black Students campaign has been enormously impressive and I have had a life long association with them.
That – particularly – young black people should honour me in this way in means a lot to me. I want to thank the Campaign for their generosity. In what has been a tough two years; such recognition means a great deal to me.”
The conference attended by over 500 black students from around the country discussed the reality of racism as faced by thousands of black student across the country.
Issues such as unfair marking by lecturers and a demand for anonymous marking, racism and Islamaphobia on campus, demanding an end to student fees and calling for more support for the rebuilding of Haiti, combating AIDS and HIV in Africa and support for the Palestinian people all featured as major themes.