Jim Rose co-founded Runnymede with Anthony Lester, now Lord Lester of Herne Hill, in 1968 'to counter racist propaganda and develop programmes for an increasingly diverse society'.
From then until his death in 1999, Jim Rose's devotion to racial justice and civil rights remained unbroken and his contribution invaluable. He was a key figure in race relations in Britain over four decades and his seminal report, Colour and Citizenship (co-authored with Nicholas Deakin), has shaped the way we understand and think of racial equality today.
To mark this enduring legacy Runnymede established the Jim Rose Lecture, which takes place every year or so, each time focusing on a different theme with a new key speaker.
In 2014 Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke spoke on the topic: ‘Tackling Discrimination: football, media and the pursuit of equality’ at the University of Manchester, followed by a panel with Bridgid Nzekwu, Rimla Akhtar and Gillian Joseph. Watch the film here.
Watch the 2012 Jim Rose Lecture, given by the Rt Hon David Lammy on the topic of race and riots, here.
See leading political philosopher Lord Professor Bhikhu Parekh speak on multiculturalism at the 2010 Jim Rose lecture in the video below.
For the Jim Rose Lecture 2009, celebrated Indian author Amitav Ghosh gave a talk entitled Belonging, Community and Disapora at the London School of Economics. A film is available here.
Rageh Omaar delivered the 2008 Jim Rose lecture, in Runnymede's 40th anniversary year, on the topic of Identity and Homecoming, at the RSA. A summary is available here.
The Jim Rose lecture in 2005 focused on Islam, with Lord Waheed Alli leading the lecture. The speech, Islam - A Third Way, is available for download here.
At the inaugural Jim Rose Lecture in 2003, Lord Anthony Lester presented his speech, entitled 'Nailing the LIe and Promoting Equality'. You can read the speech, in full, here.