retain a public facing memorial of Olive Morris to ensure that the black community struggle is not erased from the history of Brixton.
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Brixton is more than the new hip place to be seen. It has an important long radical black history.
As a young black woman, Olive Morris was a fearless community leader in the 1970's and part of this long history. She was:
- An active member of the Black Panther Movement, fighting racism in the criminal justice system, housing, education, unemployment and supporting anti-colonial struggles internationally;
- An activist for squatters rights who helped many black families in South London;
- A founding member of Brixton Black Women's Group and the Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent (OWAAD) campaigning on issues affecting black women;
- A founding member of the Black Women's Cooperative in Manchester and Manchester Black Women's Mutual Aid Group;
- An advocate for justice and equality who was central to the campaign to abolish Sus Laws
in 1986 Lambeth Council honoured Olive's activism by naming the Council offices at 18 Brixton Hill, Olive Morris House, and also naming a children's playground Olive Morris Gardens.
Olive Morris Gardens has now disappeared as part of the redevelopment in the area, and Olive Morris House has also been earmarked for redevelopment as part of Lambeth council's ongoing plans. The so called 'regeneration' of Brixton cannot delete the past, and the contribution made by Olive Morris and others of her generation, which helped establish the black community in Brixton.
We are demanding a public facing memorial to remember Olive, and all the Black women in the UK who have struggled and survived, fought and sometimes fallen.
We must preserve what has come before as we move forward.
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