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Last on

Sun 30 Aug 2009 17:00 BBC Radio 4 FM only

Duration:
40 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 25 August 2009

Playwright and actor Kwame Kwei-Armah investigates the changing role of the community leader. The media turns to them to respond to the latest crisis and they are happy to oblige, but on whose authority do community leaders speak?

Kwame visits Birmingham to meet leaders from the Muslim and Afro-Caribbean communities. He discovers how these individuals are selected to voice the concerns of others, finds out how their agendas have responded to our increasingly diverse society and questions whether the idea of 'community' is still realistic in a world of multiplying lifestyles and opinions.

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