Paul Stephenson was born in 1937, in Essex. He joined the RAF as the only black cadet in his regiment. Many years later he became a Youth and Community Development Worker in St Pauls, Bristol. It was during this time that he campaigned for a bus boycott as he didn’t accept that the bus company wouldn’t employ black drivers. He decided he was going to do something about this! He fought for black people to be treated fairly in public places in Bristol. With Muhammed Ali, he also set up ‘Muhammed Ali Sports Development Association’ to promote sports development among ethnic minority young people to help develop self-confidence and social interaction. In 2008 he was given the Freedom of the City of Bristol in recognition of the work he has done to bring the black and white communities together.
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STEPHENSON OFFICIAL HOUSE CHARITY
Stephenson’s voted house charity is SARI, Stand Against racism and Inequality. SARI is a local charity in Bristol who provide support for victims of any type of hate crime including racist, faith-based, disablist, homophobic, transphobic, age-based or gender-based abuse. This charity echoes Paul Stephenson’s ethos and values of standing up for equality.