Black British Civil Rights, behind the scenes

Monday 15 November 2021

Revealing the unknown British Black power/civil rights groups and businesses active across London,1964 -1985. Housing, pubs, law, child care

Illustrated talk highlighting the little-known British Black power and Civil Rights groups active all over London between 1964 and 1985. Using Dr Rob Water’s book ‘Thinking Black: Britain’ 1964-1985, and his detailed information map of London’s many black businesses, cultural, advocacy and self-help groups we will cover:

  • Black owned housing associations that got accommodation for thousands of homeless black people in the 1970s
  • Black pubs of the 1960s that were packed out the door and racist pubs that were forced to change by black demands
  • Garvey’s Afro-Asia house, hostel, social and advice centre
  • The Black group set up to combat suicide and loneliness due to racism that later provided shared child care for working mothers and patrolled Brixton’s streets to protect against Klu Klux Klan members in 1965
  • The banning of Black Beauty shows at the Hammersmith Palais and the community response
  • How brothers and sisters squatted empty, derelict properties, fixed them up and turned them into centres of Black history and education
  • Record shops and beauty parlours as scenes of resistance
  • Rich white men and their patronage of Black Power
  • The Black American presence and collaborations: Marvin Gaye, Dick Gregory etc
  • Dr Rob Waters will be in conversation with Black History Walks. This is an online zoom lecture delivered at 6.30pm UK time. Zoom
  • link will be sent 45 minutes in advance of the event please check your JUNK MAIL

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