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Nation of Islam backs condemned Rastafari family

RIGHTS: Tuesday & Chikayzea, pictured in happier times.

THE NATION of Islam will tonight convene a community-led rally in south London, following Fulham Boys school’s discrimination against the religious practice of a pupil, Chikayzea Flanders.

The event, ‘Community Question Time’, is set to begin at 7pm in Brixton at Hinton House - the UK-based Nation of Islam headquarters.

Hosted by Minister Abdul Hakeem Muhammad, the European Regional Representative of the Nation of Islam, panellists will include Tuesday Flanders, the pupils’ mother, Cheryl Phoenix, of Black Child Agenda, Sheeba Levi-Stewart, of Rastafari Movement UK and Brother Minkah of Afruika Saturday school.

Fulham Boy's school recently came under fire after they ordered that the 12-year-old cut off his dreadlocks as they were in alleged breach of their appearance policy. With that, they removed him from class on the very first day of term.

At the time, Mrs Flanders said the school cannot expect her to cut her son’s hair as it is her family’s faith, religion and culture.

She also said she had a meeting with head teacher Alun Ebenezer in the hope of trying to come to some conclusion but claimed she was told the school had “a policy of no dreadlocks”.

“It’s my belief, my family’s belief. We have been Rastafarians for 30 to 40 years. No school should be able to dictate things like that. It can never be right. It’s a human right.”

Since then, the family's attempts at making contact with the school have been rebuffed.

The Voice have made attempts to gain an official, specific response from the school about this ongoing situation, to no avail.

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