Nelson Mandela is to urge black leaders in Britain to do more to beat the gang culture gripping inner cities
The former South African president will tell an audience of black businessmen, sports stars, celebrities and politicians they have a duty to act as role models for the young.
He will urge the group, which will also include financiers and journalists, to help underachievers in their own communities.
A signed message will be handed to every guest, reading: “It is important for you as leaders to harness those responsibilities and ensure that you also empower those around you who scale the mountains with you.”
Mr Mandela's words come amid growing fears over the alienation of young people in inner cities and concern they may drift into violent gangs because they see no alternative future.
Britain's black communities have been caught up in a debate over how much help they should expect from government and the police and how much they should do themselves.
His message will underline recent government-backed research that found young black teenagers need a new generation of role models.
He is in Britain for the unveiling tomorrow of a 9ft bronze statue in his honour in Parliament Square opposite the House of Commons.
Let's hope the black leaders listen to him.