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Mandela has inspired me, reveals politician

03 November, 2017 — By Angela Cobbinah

Councillor Kaya Comer-Schwartz with school nurse Jennifer Smallwood

BLACK History Month was celebrated at the Whittington Hospital on Friday.

Attended by Whittington Health chief Steve Hitchins, the evening was a mix of music and speakers, among them Councillor Kaya Comer-Schwartz.

Describing herself as the daughter of a Zimbabwean and granddaughter of an Austrian Holocaust survivor, she charted her political journey in the Labour Party, from being given membership as an 18th birthday gift to working as an intern for Jeremy Corbyn before being elected councillor for Junction ward in 2013 at the age of 26.

“But my first political memory was us excitedly gathered around TV to watch Nelson Mandela being released from prison in 1990 when I was four,” she said. “He made the impossible happen. That has always been inspiring to me.”

Other speakers included black music guru Lloyd Bradley, Paul McKenzie, of community video platform Soapbox, and Metropolitan Police hostage negotiator Kerry Waterman.

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