Brutish Necessity: Bringing a piece of forgotten Black history to life

  • Date: 4 October 2022
  • Time: 19:30 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Online
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Front cover of "Brutish Necessity: A Black life forgotten" by Jon Berry showing an old photo of a bus on a street

As part of Black History Month, Jon Berry’s book Brutish Necessity, tells a tale from Black Birmingham’s past that illuminates the present.

Join us for an 'in conversation' event with ARU alumni Jon Berry, whose new book explores the tale of Oswald Grey, a Jamaican immigrant. Grey was just 20 when he was executed in Birmingham 1962 for a clumsy shooting in a bungled robbery on Lea Bank Road. It is an episode that has disappeared from public remembrance. Oswald Grey has been erased from history – until now.

Tracing the life and times of this forgotten boy, Brutish Necessity unearths some neglected history, explaining why racism remains stubbornly stitched into British society sixty years after his hasty conviction and untimely execution.




ARU is committed to fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and encourages allyship. Our Race Equality Strategy sets out a cultural change approach to achieving race equality.

  • Date: 4 October 2022
  • Time: 19:30 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Online
Book via Eventbrite