Dr. Paul Stephenson, OBE

Paul Stephenson

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Paul Stephenson is a leading civil rights activist. His most notable campaign was leading the Bristol Bus Boycott in 1963. This led to Race Relations Act 1965; the first piece of legislation that made discrimination based on race illegal and led discrimination legislation for many equality groups. The Bristol Bus Boycott began when Paul challenged the Bus Company for their refusal to employ Black people. Paul led a boycott taking inspiration from the civil rights struggle in US. He also de-segregated all-white hotels in America, was banned from Apartheid South Africa and worked with Muhammad Ali to encourage more black children into sport. In retirement, Paul has led the Bristol Legacy commission to improve education in Bristol’s schools and has been a campaigner in the successful fight to rename Colston Hall, which has its links to the slave trade.


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