1. For anyone who dare to dream big.
2. The incredible community leadership of Leonard Johnson against impossible odds.
3. Stopped 2 riots, 2 murders, wolves in sheep’s clothing, deceptions, envy, lies and so many huge challenges.
4. Priceless lessons for all aspects of life, community and organisational development.
5. Amazing commitment, loyalty and self-sacrifice of hundreds of people.
6. Proof that young people anywhere with a dream, plan, action, unity and faith can achieve great success.
7. Hundreds of people whose lives were improved.
Lore williams (verified owner) –
For me reading this book was a very emotional roller coaster ride, I went from feeling inspired one chapter to anger and frustration the next. It charts the journey of a disadvantaged and deprived community in North London in the 1980s who through the vision and self belief of one man, “Leonard Johnson” went on to build one of the biggest community developments in Europe.
Through his honest and open account Errol is able to take us, the reader, back in time so we may better understand the trials and tribulations, the challenges, the highs, the lows, but more importantly so we may learn the lessons … I guess at their expense. It has been said that history repeats itself because we do not tend to learn the lessons and to be quite frank this is one piece of UK history for all of us working in community development that we should heed.
I am disheartened at the amount of times I have heard of similar things happening in disadvantaged communities. The benefit, however this time, is that one brave individual has taken the time and effort to reflect and write it all down in a book. Someone once said of black communities: “If we could build the Pyramids then …what can we do now?” I truly believe that what Harlesden People’s Community Council achieved back in 1981 was the closest we have ever come to building anything close to the Pyramids in the UK. Furthermore … it must not be the last!
Louise Muhammad, Inspire