Successful Launch of Black Cultural Archives


Well over a thousand people helped launch Black Culture Archives in its new home Raleigh Hall in Brixton’s Windrush Square this evening. In addition to music and poetry, speakers included Paul Reid, the Director and Hakim Adi, former Chair of Black & Asian Studies Association.


Hakim Adi

The importance of telling the stories of the past 2,000 years of the African diaspora in Britain was stressed, of knowing that heritage, of learning and being inspired by it. It is was in 1981 that BCA’s parent organisation was established. Its first exhibition is on women.


Michael Groce

Given the finding of the inquest jury about the police ineptitude in handling of the raid that paralysed his mother in 1985, it was appropriate that a reformed Michael Groce read a poem he had written especially for the launch on the theme of collect and preserve.

Exhibition  until 30 November: Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain

Workshops: 23 & 30 October

Cafe Club events: 13 November & 11 December

Schools Programme

Family Activities

Women in Activism – OWAAD at 35 lectures and study day 5 October

Len Garrison Memorial Lecture 16 October

Opening hours; Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm.

Late opening 2nd Tuesday of the month 10am-10pm

Full details on

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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2 Responses to Successful Launch of Black Cultural Archives

  1. See a video of Hakim Adi’s speech at the launch
    Can you spot me as the camera scans the audience?

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