Saturday, 21 February 2015

The Life and Legacy of Claudia Jones

Malcolm X holding West Indian Gazette, Claudia Jones on cover 1964

The Life and Legacy of Claudia Jones

Claudia Jones was a towering figure in politics in the second half of the twentieth century in the USA, UK and beyond. She was born in Trinidad. As a child she migrated with her family to the USA, where she became a political activist, Black nationalist and campaigner for freedom, through her communist beliefs. As a result of her political activities, she was deported from the USA in 1955 and she subsequently lived in the UK. She founded Britain's first Black newspaper, The West Indian Gazette and Afro-Asian Caribbean News, in 1958. And she was one of the founders of the Notting Hill Carnival, as a community led response to the Notting Hill race riots of 1958. She died in 1964.
Friday 6 March 2015, 6pm to 8pm
Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS
A steel band trio will pay from 6pm until 6.30pm.
This will be followed by contributions from Judy Richards, SERTUC Race Relations Committee, (invited), and eminent historians, authors and broadcasters, Professor Mary Davis, Marika Sherwood and Alex Pascall.
The event will be chaired by Betty Joseph, delegate to SERTUC’s Race Relations Committee, from the NUT.
Contact for further information: 
More information from Laurie Heselden: 020 7467 1292 and lheselden@tuc.org.uk
Early registrations to be made with Joanne Williams: 020 7467 1220 and sertucevents@tuc.org.uk

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