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SURGE Performance by Jay Bernard at The Albany

In 1981 a fire broke out at a house in New Cross. Thirteen young black people died and the political events that followed would have a dramatic effect on our understanding of what it means to be Black and British.

We say Farewell to Irma La Rose

The GPI was sad to learn of the death of Irma La Rose who passed away on Saturday 27 April after ailing for some time.

Irma was passionately committed to social justice and there was always something new to learn about this woman who helped and inspired many.

We thank her first son Michael La Rose (former Chair of the GPI) for sharing the following article with us.

 

IRMA ANDREA LA ROSE (née Hilaire) HER STORY

UNSHACKLING BEAUTY: Friday 31 May 2019

Join us for a special evening showcase of original music in response to the George Padmore Institute’s archival collections by two musicians in residence - Hadiru Mahdi and Nadeem din Gabisi. Two of London’s most exciting wordsmiths- Mahdi frequently performs as Brother Portrait and din Gabisi performs under his own name, alongside his visual artwork; they are both part of the award-winning jazz influenced Steam Down Collective. 

Build Your Own Archives! Session 3: Thinking About Your Digital Archives

Session 3: Thinking About Your Digital Archives

Saturday 4 May (2.00-5.00)

Venue: George Padmore Institute (GPI)

In collaboration with PhD researcher Vivian Latinwo-Olajide and the University of Leicester, the George Padmore Institute (GPI) is proud to present the final session of our three part workshop series introducing participants to basic archival practice, whilst exploring critical questions. All sessions are free but donations to the GPI are welcome.

50 Years On: Remembering David Oluwale

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the death of a Nigerian man named David Oluwale who was found drowned in the River Aire in Leeds after fleeing two police officers.

Oluwale left Nigeria for England as a stowaway on a ship bound for the port city of Hull, but was discovered and immediately jailed for his misdemeanour. Leeds became his main place of residence during his remaining years in Britain.

40th Anniversary of the Murder of Blair Peach

On this day in 1979 a teacher from New Zealand named Blair Peach was killed after a blow to the head by police at an anti-racism demonstration in Southall.

Peach had moved to London ten years prior and had been active in the Socialist Worker's Party, the Socialist Teachers' Association and the East London Teachers' Association as well as in campaigns against neo-Nazi and other far right groups.

Build Your Own Archive! Session 2: Critical Research in Archives

Session 2: Critical Research in Archives

Saturday 6 April (2.00-5.00)

Venue: George Padmore Institute (GPI)

In collaboration with PhD researcher Vivian Latinwo-Olajide and the University of Leicester, the George Padmore Institute (GPI) is proud to present Session 2 of our three part workshop series introducing participants to basic archival practice, whilst exploring critical questions. All sessions are free, but donations to the GPI are welcome.

Build Your Own Archive! Workshops: CHANGE OF DATE

For anyone interested in attending the remaining sessions of our Build Your Own Archive! workshops, please note that the dates have now changed:

Sessions 2 and 3 of our workshop series will now be held as follows:

Session 2: Saturday 6 April (2.00-5.00pm) - Critical Research in Archives

Session 3: Saturday 4 May (2.00-5.00pm) - Digital Archives

Full details for Session 2 will be published soon, so keep an eye on our website, social media and Eventbrite. 

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40th Anniversary of the Grenada Revolution

Forty years ago on the morning of 13 March 1979 on the Caribbean island of Grenada, the defence wing of the New Jewel Movement (NJM) overthrew the government led by Eric Gairy. It was a bloodless coup which was hailed not just by Grenadians, but by many other island nations in the region. Maurice Bishop, the most prominent leader of the revolution became the country's second Prime Minister.

6 March 2019: Writing & Activism with David Austin

Join us at the GPI on Wednesday 6 March as we welcome the award winning author David Austin who'll be sharing perspectives and readings from his two titles published by Pluto Press in 2018.

​In Dread Poetry and Freedom; Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Unfinished Revolution ​Austin delves into themes of 'poetry, political consciousness and social transformation' through the lens of the Jamaican-British poet's own literary activism.

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