Campaigning for Civil Rights – two films at David Lean

Divided by Race. United in War and Peace

& Looking for Claudia Jones

Two film shows sponsored by

Agenda Services (Heritage & Cultural Projects)

and Croydon Radical History Network 

David Lean Cinema


Katharine St

Croydon, CR9 1ET

 Wednesday 4 March, 2pm 

Divided by Race. United in War and Peace


Tickets: £7.50; £6 concessions (+ booking fee).  To book:

 Wednesday 18 March. 2pm

 Looking for Claudia Jones


Tickets: £7.50; £6 concessions (+ booking fee).  To book: 

 Divided by Race. United in War and Peace

A powerful documentary about race relations in Britain during and after the Second World War. At its core are the testimonies of 14 surviving veterans, particularly those West Indian and African men and women who volunteered to join the war effort and soon afterwards returned to live in Britain. They risked their lives to serve under the Union Jack in time of war, then faced a second battle for the right to remain under that flag as British Citizens. Until now their stories have not been fully hear. Nor has the contribution they made been properly recognised, both in helping to win the war and in changing the face of British society. This film, brought to you by The-Latest.Com, Britain’s first dedicated citizen journalism website, seeks to both redress that balance and explore the sometimes painful evolution of our multicultural society. Produced by Marc Wadsworth. Directed by Jimmy Haisman and Marc Wadsworth. Scriptwriter and narrator Marc Wadsworth. Music score Ben Slater. The film was supported by the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund.

90 mins followed by discussion led by Marc Wadsworth (Producer and Director, The-Latest.Com), and Sean Creighton (Croydon Radical History Network)

Looking for Claudia Jones

Enemy of the state, visionary, freedom fighter – just who was Claudia Jones? This compelling documentary reveals one of history’s most dynamic civil rights activists. With a directorial debut by writer Nia Reynolds and narration by actor Josette Simon (Cry Freedom), Looking for Claudia Jones is the fascinating life story of a true rebel with a cause.

Hounded, tried and imprisoned for her political beliefs, Claudia was deported from the United States as an “illegal alien” in 1955, during the Cold War. However, America’s loss  proved to be Britain’s gain, as she quickly established her immense credentials as an editor, political, social and cultural activist whose legacy continues to resonate in British society.

Fllm length 50 minutes followed by discussion led by Nia Reynolds (Black Stock Films) and Sean Creighton (Croydon Radical History Network)

For further information contact

Sean Creighton (Agenda Services & Croydon Radical History Network):



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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