Exchange Chambers supports World Creole Day event

October 28, 2023

Exchange Chambers has continued its community engagement programme for Black History Month by partnering with the Dominica Association of Bradford to deliver its World Creole Day celebrations today (28 October 2023).

The Dominica Association was set up in 1979 after Hurricane David in Dominica.  A few Dominicans living in Bradford got together to raise money towards relief.  They continued to do so for several months and as the word spread, many more Dominicans got on board to assist.  Today, the Association continues to develop and provide cultural, social and educational facilities for Dominicans and the wider community.

It is the second year in succession Exchange Chambers has supported the Dominica Association’s World Creole Day celebrations.

“As a Chambers, we are committed to supporting our local communities and causes,” said Jacqueline Deans, barrister at Exchange Chambers. “The Dominica Association is an organisation I hold very close to my heart as I have first-hand knowledge of how it has developed into a multifunctional community hub,”

Exchange Chambers has marked its support for Black History Month through a range of initiatives.  On 20 October 2023, barristers from Chambers attended a historic play at St George’s Hall. Just An Ordinary Lawyer, sponsored by the Northern Circuit, is a full-length play by actor, singer and playwright Tayo Aluko. The play, which has been performed in five countries, focuses on the life and times of Tunji Sowande, who arrived in the UK from Nigeria in 1945 and rose to become a well-respected barrister, the first black Head of Chambers and the first (part-time) black judge in Britain.  Tunji was also an active solo concert performer as a baritone singer, giving concerts for charities and to entertain residents of old people’s homes. On top of it all, he was a great lover of sports, particularly cricket, proudly becoming a member of the exclusive Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), known as “the home of cricket.”