Talk tonight on Zoom about inspiring black women activists in South London

A history consultant will deliver a talk at Battersea library tonight, October 20, as part of Wandsworth’s African History Month programme, which can be heard on Zoom.

Kwaku filmed the late community activist Dame Jocelyn Barrow as part of a film ‘What They Said I Should Be: The Story of African British Female Movers & Shakers’.

It will be screened to kick off the library’s ‘Exploring The Legacies: Dame Jocelyn Barrow And Other inspirational British African Women’ event.

Dame Jocelyn Barrow

Teacher and trainer Dame Jocelyn developed the Caribbean Communication Project, which taught literacy skills to working adults; and campaigned for black staff in Brixton Marks & Spencers.

The presentation also remembers Olive Morris, Cecile Nobrega, Claudia Jones and Jessica Huntley, .

Morris (26 June 1952 – 12 July 1979) was a squatters’ rights activist, member of the British Black Panther Movement, Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent and the Brixton Black Women’s Group.

Cecile Nobrega (1 June 1919 – 19 November 2013), of Nealden Street, Stockwell, was a poet, educator, and playwright.

Claudia Jones (21 February 1915 – 24 December 1964), founder of the influential West Indian Gazette, based in Brixton Road, Brixton, may have worked as a typist at the Stockwell bus garage, but Kwaku is keen to hear from anyone who may be able to confirm this.

If you have a personal story or know about these or any other inspirational British African woman, you are welcome to introduce her into the Zoom conversation, which can be booked at

Pictured: Olive Morris on the Brixton Pound £1 note


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