In Memory of Lionel E Morrison OIS OBE & Patron of RJ Working
Lionel Morrison was a champion of equality and of recovery from harm,
but he initially had grave reservations about ‘restorative justice’.
He voiced concerns that it should not be an easy route away from responsibility,
and that victims should not be insulted with superficial apologies.
We could always rely on Lionel for a thoughtful challenge.
However, Lionel had considerable experience of holding different perspectives
and truly appreciated the value of personal accountability,
which lies at the heart of restorative justice.
We were honoured that Lionel became the Patron of RJ Working,
he was consistently supportive, while continuing to challenge us all.
Following on from his keynote speech at Cornwall’s first Restorative Justice Conference on 11th November 2013, and participation in the three workshops which showed the ‘balanced model’ of restorative justice, Lionel Morrison OBE has become the formal Patron of RJ Working.
Lionel Morrison: a journalist and lifelong campaigner for social justice in the UK and in South Africa. He was the youngest of the ‘Treason Trialists’ imprisoned with Nelson Mandela following the notorious upholding of apartheid in 1956. Following his escape from the apartheid regime and arrival in the UK as a political refugee, Lionel went on to become the first Black President of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). He has worked tirelessly against apartheid and racism, and in support of social housing. Lionel has been awarded an OBE for his work as Chair of Notting Hill Housing Trust and the Order of Ikhamanga for contributing to the ideals of a just and democratic South Africa, helping to end apartheid. He is also a former member of the Board of Trustees of Victim Support at a national level.