Roy Hackett
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Bristol bus boycott protester recalls 60s colour bar

In 1963 a young black man in Bristol was refused an interview for a job working on the buses because of the colour of his skin. It sparked a protest which attracted national attention and ultimately led the way to the UK's first ever race discrimination law.

Within five years the Race Relations Act had banned all discrimination in the workplace.

But for those who had been refused job interviews, there was never an apology from the Bristol Omnibus Company nor from the union preventing them getting work on the buses.

BBC Newsnight has been to meet some of the people involved in the boycott, including Roy Hackett who came to England from Jamaica in 1952.

Watch Tulip Mazumdar's full report on the Bristol bus boycott and the impact it had on BBC Newsnight on Tuesday 27 August at 10.30pm on BBC Two, then afterwards on the BBC iPlayer and Newsnight website.

  • 27 Aug 2013
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