Journey to Justice

Paul Stephenson OBE










In 1963, inspired by the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and Martin Luther King, Paul led a boycott of the Bristol Omnibus Company against their refusal to employ black and Asian workers.  The campaign was supported by Bristol’s 3,000 strong black community, Bristol University students and local MP, Tony Benn. They won and on 28th August 1963, the day of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom – made so famous by MLK’s I Have A Dream speech – the colour bar was dropped: