Last night I was privileged to attend the Broadway School 40th anniversary to school reunion.
It was great to bump into old faces and indeed catch up with people that I have not seen for many years.
Furthermore it was intriguing to see what everyone was up to these days. Also to see old Teacher's and still show them the respect they deserve.
When I was being interviewed, I pointed out that when we went to school we were all friends; race and religion didn't play a part of our friendship because we saw each other as primarily friends. It is quite interesting to note also that many of us were the first generation born in this country to migrant parents. On a personal work tribute was paid to my Mother who led along with other parents the campaign to save the sixth form, which was successful some 30 years ago, which has today benefited thousands of youngsters.
I believe that we have a responsibility re-establish this community spirit as we are all human beings.
The most moving thing; I saw was we all shared our traditional dishes everybody had a bit of everything and we just sat just sat down and got on with our conversations.
This is a clear demonstration of multicultural living where we can all sit down joke, laugh, eat together and appreciate who we are without
wearing a label.
In a city like Birmingham which has super diverse status, we must start putting the fact that we are all friends and neighbours first.
That has to be the way forward.