31 March 2018
Lorraine Hunte is the winner of this year’s Blair Peach Award.
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. The award is granted to individual members or groups of members who have made significant and exemplary contributions to LGBT+, race, gender, and/or disability equality in their school or division.
Lorraine Hunte of Croydon NUT has received the Blair Peach Award for her work in fighting racism. The nomination notes her speech at a large march and rally in April 2017 protesting the horrific attack by a mob on Kurdish refugee Reker Ahmed, and her strong input with Croydon NUT to the Croydon Education Department’s Action Plan that followed the inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence.
Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:
“For almost four decades, Lorraine Hunte has played an active role in the work of Croydon NUT. Her nomination comes with no shortage of examples demonstrating her commitment to tackling the scourge of racism. It gives me great pleasure to see Lorraine win this year’s Blair Peach Award.”