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Journey to Justice - Dreda Say Mitchell

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“Class, race and democracy: marginal lives in 21st century Britain?”

Dreda says of herself:

“I grew up on a council estate in the heart of London's East End. My parents migrated to Britain from Grenada in the 1960s. My dad was a factory worker and my mum a cleaner at Mile End hospital. Although both my parents left school before they were sixteen they were passionate about education and made sure that I visited my local library - Whitechapel Library - which is where my love affair with books and education started. Chuck into the mix coming from a family that never shut up and adored telling stories I was a hardcore bookaholic from an early age… One of my greatest passions is working to improve the life chances of black and working class children”

After a degree in African History at SOAS Dreda trained as a teacher and worked in secondary and primary schools, finally as a deputy head teacher, after which she was a consultant in various London local authorities. She now works freelance in prisons and young offenders institutions. An award winning writer of crime fiction such as ‘Running Hot’ and ‘Geezer Girls’, Dreda appears regularly on radio and TV and writes on social and educational issues for the national press. During the 2016 EU referendum Dreda was a prominent Leave voter.

Journey to Justice is a human rights education charity. We are a national volunteer-led alliance of educators, students, youth and community groups, human rights and faith organisations, artists, film-makers, musicians, trade unionists and historians. Our mission is to galvanise people to take action for social justice, learning from human rights movements and the arts.

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