The author of this new book for teenagers Habiba is the founder of the Women’s Health International which campaigns about fistulas, abnormal connections between two hollow spaces in the body.
From Canada Habibia is studying at SOAS in London. Her mother Afua Cooper is James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada. I first met Afua there in 2013. As founder of the Canadian Black Studies Association she invited me to the 2nd Biannual Conference in Halifax in May this year. I gave a paper on the links between British and Canadian black histories. Afua will be in London for the launch of Habiba’s book. I am trying to organise an event for her to give a talk and read some of her prose and poetry.
I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. 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, radical and suffrage movements, 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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