York to get first black Archbishop

THE RT Reverend John Sentamu, a former Ugandan judge and the current Bishop of Birmingham, has become the new Archbishop of York and the first black Archbishop in English history.

The Archbishop was chosen by Prime Minister Tony Blair from a list submitted by the Church of England to be promoted to the second most important job in the Church of England.

The former Archbishop of York, David Hope, resigned to become a parish priest in February of this year.

John Sentamu has a long record of social and political campaigning, being active in his birth country Uganda against the dictatorship of Idi Amin in the 1970s.

In his numerous posts in England he has taken part in campaigns against racism, including the Stephen Lawrence and Damilola Taylor inquiries.

As Bishop of Birmingham, he helped the MG Rover workers who were made redundant after the closure of the Longbridge plant.

Samir Jeraj – NEWS CORRESPONDENT

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