Campaigning against racism – this week at Matthews Yard

Freedom Riders


The final two events organised by Croydon Radical History Network in the Croydon Heritage Festival deal with issues of racism. Look How Far We Come is an assessment of the degree to which racism has been tackled in Britain. Freedom Riders is a film about the early 1960s American civil rights struggle in the Southern States.  Both events use DVD film to start a discussion about the continuing challenges to tackle racism.

Wednesday 2 July. 7pm

Look How Far We’ve Come: Commentaries On British Society and Racism

Documentary film (with Kwaku, history consultant and Look How Far We’ve Come project director).In this film people drawn mainly from the African community with diverse backgrounds, from academics, politicians, lawyers, nurses, to equality and community activists, give their differing assessments of how far Britain has come in eradicating racism in the last few decades and the current and future challenges. There will be an open discussion of the issues raised afterwards. Free. Either book in at book. turn up on the night.

Thursday 3 July. 7pm

Freedom RidersFilm about American Civil Rights Protest

FREEDOM RIDERS is the powerful harrowing and inspirational story about how in 1961 over 400 black and white Americans risked their lives, endured savage beatings and imprisonment for simply travelling together on buses and trains through the Deep South in defiance of the Jim Crow laws. Their belief in nonviolent activism was sorely tested. Shown in association with NuUrban Image International Pictures. You need to book for this one.£3 or £1.50 concessions (1418, on benefits & 60+)

Pay in advance by booking via or pay on the night.

The links between these and other Network organised events in the Festival are discussed in

PLEASE  ARRIVE EARLY AND HAVE A DRINK AND A CAKE AND LOOK AT THE BOOKSTALL second hand books and pamphlets on Black History



About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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