Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Brixton Uprising '81

To mark the 30th anniversary of the 1981 Brixton Uprising there will be a special event held at:

Windrush Square and Brixton Tate library

Sunday 10 April 2011

Starting at 12 noon in Windrush Square and then from 1pm inside Brixton Tate library, the event will hear first hand witness accounts from members of the public on the Uprising, performances from special guests including LINTON KWESI JOHNSON, moving images and sound clips from radio and news archives, photographic stills on display and an opportunity for the public to relate their own testimonies of the Uprising to be recorded and archived by the Black Cultural Archive.

There will also be a discussion on how Brixton has recovered from 1981 and vision for the future.
To book for this event please email sjohnson2@lambeth.gov.uk - to avoid disappointment please book by 6 April as places are limited.


  1. I don't understand - how does dropping slabs of concrete on the heads of the police constitute an uprising? Please explain. Many thanks.

  2. Because there was a lot more to it than individual acts of revenge and violence against individual policemen - the Brixton riot was about an oppressed group in society, black people, not submitting to but fighting back against the racism and violence of the police, who are part of the machinery of the capitalist state and before this riot dominated over their community. A uprising seems a more than reasonable description.