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Greetings everyone.

What follows is a collection of my inspirations and insights, which I'll add to during the course of this journey.


The most early and most lasting inspirations have been my family. For my first 11 years my mother and I lived with her parents. My grand-parents made sure that I had the best start in life: my grand-father (Grandad) Jimmy Dalgleish (1920-1993) made sure I knew the meaning of discipline, respect, and started me reading and writing early on. My grand-mother (Nana) Margaret Dalgleish née Clarkson (1926-2006), a lady ahead of her time, gave me my grounding in justice, fairness, and shared her great intellect with me.

According to my Nana her father was an active member of the local community and fought for a better life for older people in the area. He was among a number of people who established one of the first older peoples centres in England, and was active in local politics. A street in our town - Clarkson Close - bears the family name as a result.

I thank my mother, grand-parents, aunties and uncle, for the sacrifices they made for me to fulfil my potential; for being there when I needed them; and for the 2nd / 3rd / etc. chances I got when I messed up.

During my teens I was introduced to rap music by a friend, Matthew Whatmough. The album was Public Enemy's It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back which still remains on of my favourites to this day.

I am probably being quite nostalgic when I say this, but I believe that with the exception of the odd few artists today (Talib Kweli, Mos Def, The Roots), the past was much better, and provided a supplementary education. You'll probably see many of these artists on my playlist but I am talking about A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Boogie Down Productons, Public Enemy, Jungle Brothers, Brand Nubian, and many more.

In terms of thinkers I was put on to Aneurin Bevan quite early as he was one of my grand-parents favourites. He was a Welsh politician who could be described as the champion of the working class. He is often referred to as the 'Father of the NHS' the National Health Service in the UK.

I guess because of these type of politics and the views about justice my grand-mother instilled, I was always going to relish Malcolm X when introduced to him by Public Enemy. I find his honesty, perceptiveness, and plain-speaking hard to rival when it come to tackling injustice.

On a closer level I'm indebted to many friends from back home in Manchester, those I met at Univesity, and those I've grown to know in London. The love of my life D is a constant source of inspiration. I also owe a lot to Paul, Emilio, Twilight, Rashid, Sandra, and Leon.

I'm happy to be here on living legacy, and am really happy to add the people here to my 'inspiration hard-drive'. I look forward to learning and working together


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Hi everyone

I was very fortunate to be with Elevate The Soul a week ago talking about race, racism, and my forthcoming educational guide Where Does Racism Come From?

Thanks to Emilio, to Ty, and to all of the listeners.

We covered a lot of ground but there was still room for much more and perhaps we will get to pick up the discussion again soon.

First of all I wanted to add some links that cover some of the topics yesterday.

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Posted on November 6, 2009 at 12:00pm

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At 9:14am on March 17, 2011, Lydell Jackson said…

Thanks David!

Always good to hear from you my brother! Keep sharing with us when you can!

At 3:40pm on February 17, 2011, Lydell Jackson said…

Happy Birthday David!

At 4:36pm on March 8, 2010, COLOREDPEOPLE.NET said…
Hi there!
At 6:49pm on January 13, 2010, Lydell Jackson said…

Please make a donation to help relieve the pain of the people of Haiti if you have not already done so.

Thank you Lydell
At 11:38am on November 6, 2009, Lydell Jackson said…
I like that playlist David...nice mix...
At 9:08am on October 30, 2009, Lydell Jackson said…

Welcome to Living Legacy Journal David!

I enjoyed listening to "Elevate the Soul" last evening. What a wonderful experience in digital conversation. We will all look forward to your book and seeing in print the work you have been doing. In the mean time we would love to hear more about you and your insights and inspirations. Thank you so much for choosing to join the Diaspora here and help us educate ourselves. Your experience and commitment are of great value to us all.



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