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Lambeth’s Black Communities celebrated

The Mayor of Lambeth is to join forces with the Friends of Black Cultural Archives (BCA) to celebrate the enormous contribution made to the borough by its African Caribbean communities. The event takes place in the Assembly Hall at Lambeth Town Hall in Brixton on Monday 29 March.

The evening will showcase the Windrush generation, with a short talk on the contribution of the Windrush generation, given by the Reverend Doctor Rosemary Mallett, former lecturer and researcher in Caribbean Studies.

Jimmy Lee and Laurie Phillpotts, both members of the West Indian Ex Servicemen’s and Women’s Association, will talk about their memories of arriving in England on SS Windrush in June 1948.

A presentation will be made to the Association in recognition of the exceptional dedication and service shown by West Indian servicemen and women.

In recognition of International Women’s Month which is celebrated around the world in March, the evening will also celebrate and honour black women in Lambeth who have made significant strides in their field.

The programme for the evening will include reminiscence from yesteryear through readings, film extracts and poetry. Lambeth’s very own author, Alex Wheatle, will read an extract from his book “East of Acre Lane”.

Paul Reid, Director Black Cultural Archives, will provide an update on the latest developments for the Black Heritage Centre and Marie Garrison will speak about the Friends of the BCA.

Well-known journalist and newsreader Moira Stuart has been invited to host the event.

“This wonderful event will acknowledge and celebrate the important contribution made to Lambeth by our African Caribbean communities,” said the Mayor.

“We are delighted to be working alongside the Mayor in celebration of our community in what we hope will be an annual event and in particular, proud to make the award to the West Indian Ex Servicemen’s and Women’s Association”, said Dawn Hill, Secretary of BCA.

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