Apostle Dawkins, aged 50, is the pastor of All Nations Church for Christ in Derby.
He’s also a former hairdresser.
Apostle Dawkins has experienced a spell of troubled times when younger and his life spiralled. Yet he leaned on his faith in order to turn his life around; he found hope, ambition and a goal in life.
His motivation is to please God, and says that he loves people and loves empowering them.
Many young people have entered his church without hope or ambition, and his encouraging words have helped them back into education, in business and more.
That’s what he thinks church is about, and what he’s about.
His legacy words is to “be your brother’s keeper regardless of colour, race and religious beliefs”, as the world will be a better place.
COMMUNITY IS: FAMILY
She got interested in community work through a school friend, and started her career as a youth worker which exposed her to being “black in Britain”.
Joyce has a passion for older people which she thinks stemmed from her childhood in the Caribbean by being amongst her grandparents.
This steered her on the path of ethnic minority needs for the elderly and its research in Derby, leading to the organisation ‘Broadway’, now called ‘The Hadhari Project’ on Burton Road.
She believes that we should follow the basics by talking to each other to make a difference.
COMMUNITY IS: HOME
Born in Trelawney, Jamaica in 1953, and came to the UK at age 7.
Locksley has done a lot of voluntary work with young people, and through sport, particularly football.
He was part of the Caribbean All Stars, an all black UK football team based in Derby.
He later studied and gained qualifications in youth work, and was focused on helping young people make the difficult transition from education into employment.
Locksley now works at Derby College, still developing and supporting young people.
Born in St. Thomas, Jamaica in 1943.
Lydia came to the UK at aged 18 to work and further her education; and later followed a path into nursing.
She’s lived in Bristol, Sheffield and Derby.
In the 1970’s, Lydia was the 1st black woman to establish a nursery in Derby at Peartree House along with other local mothers who saw a gap in childcare provisions.
Lydia also established a group called ‘CAS’ (Counselling Advisory Service), for advice about housing, immigration issues and more.
She’s also been an actively performing poet, story teller and writer; and mentor to many in the community.
COMMUNITY IS… NURTURING
Aged 37, he describes himself as a musician, artist, youth mentor and a human being. Originally from Birmingham, he settled in Derby post studying at Derby University.
Rukus began his music career as a solo artist in 2005 by releasing his 1st track ‘Let It Go’, featuring Mercury Prize nominee TY and Klashnekoff, which was a huge global hit.
He featured on the B-side remix of the late Amy Winehouse’s chart-topping song ‘Valerie’, produced by Derby local – Baby J; and also featured other Derby artists. This opened doors to go on tour with Mark Ronson and Jay Z.
Rukus also established a live band – The Trinity Band, with other Derby musicians and won a national Best Unsigned Band competition out of 10,000.
For the past 11 years he’s worked with young people through music and creativity to motivate, empower and educate.
COMMUNITY IS: US
Stacey classes herself as a creative artist through producing, writing and playing music as a DJ, producer, singer/ songwriter and musician.
She is inspired by the people around her and those who went before her who did things in the Derby community.
As a youth worker also, she believes that community work is very important for society. And that we need to keep that love, positivity and respect for each other; and as encouragement to do good things.
Better known as “Bish” to most, is of Polish (father) and Welsh (mother) heritage. Now retired.
Bish has previously worked in the rail industry, and has been involved with many political campaigning for equality, rights and justice since aged 19.
Bish was the former Chair of ‘EEMAC’ (Eastern European Migrants Advice Committee); and the Racial Equality Officer for Employment at Derby Race Equality Council.
He’s done lots of other voluntary and part-time roles like Chair of the Law Centre, Chair of Anti-Apartheid and other organisations.
He’s very passionate about challenging the “system” to help and support the disadvantaged, and states that, “Equality is to treat people as exactly as you expect to be treated yourself.”
Came to London in 1957 from Jamaica. Once married and had children, she began her evangelistic work.
She was inspired by Mrs. Smith, another evangelist, and travelled together on various conferences. On one of those conferences to Derby, she decided to settle there.
Pastor Fearon began a club in 1977 at St. Augustine’s centre on Almond Street, by inviting many young people she met on the street, parks etc. Through this she encouraged many to get back into education, away from crime, and empowered them to do to better.
She passionately believes that the community needs to get back to the former days where it should be a place where there is “respect for all the elders”; which seems to be in decline.
COMMUNITY IS… LOVE
Born in 1962 to Jamaican parents who settled in Derby.
Devon left school at age 16 and did an apprenticeship with Rolls Royce for 5 years.
He started in radio during this time, though followed his passion in music and the broadcast media full time after his apprenticeship.
He currently works as a BBC Radio Producer and Presenter.
Devon states that his children inspire him as tries to make a difference in making it “as good as it can be for them.”
He says that growing up and living in Derby gave him the opportunity to learn about and engage with people from varying faiths and backgrounds.
COMMUNITY IS: COLLECTIVISM
Lydia Grignion, also one of our honourees, was a very dear friend and speaks to us about Daisy on behalf of her family…
Lydia met Mrs. Cameron at Peartree House, Derby when she moved from Sheffield. Mrs. Cameron, Lydia and other women came together at Peartree House to do a variety of activities like cooking, sewing, drama, music, fundraising and more for the elderly and young people.
Daisy organised subsidised coach trips to the seaside and museums during school holidays. This activity was a highlight for many young people and their families who couldn’t afford to take these trips.
According to Lydia, Daisy loved singing, playing music and being amongst the community – “…everyone warmed to her because she was so good…” She loved playing the organ and taught many young people how to play.
Mrs. Cameron passed away in 1994 and Lydia says, “…we lost a very conscious elderly woman in our community. A lot of things stopped when she died.”
COMMUNITY IS: TOGETHERNESS (what Lydia believes Daisy would say…)
Videography/ Photography: Zinedine Ali (6PM Studios)
Film Editors: Zinedine Ali & Taj Chagger (6PM Studios) and Ben Manners (Derby College student)
Film-set Assistants: Ben Manners (Derby College student), Leonardo Durrant (Derby College student) and Miriam Franklin (School student)
Project Assistants: Catesha Scarlett, Jackie Gardner and Angel Oke
Exhibition Curator/ Producer & Booklet Writer/ Editor/ Design: Steph Hernandez
Project Concept: Gman
ZeN would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all those named above, Theresa Peltier and Derby City Council in helping to make this exhibition happen.
Though most importantly, we thank our Honourees for allowing us to say that we… APPRECIATE YOU…
Find out more about ZeN and ‘Singing the Unsung’ exhibition plus extended video & image footage at www.MeWeZeN.com and follow us on Twitter/ Instagram: @MeWeZeN