50 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we will also remember stories of Black and Asian British people who took a stand against racism and won.
On Wed. April 4th at Custom House and Canning Town Community Neighbourhood & Library, 18 Rathbone Market, E16 1EH (5 minutes walk and two bus stops from Canning Town station)
6-8 pm, free.
In 1966, Asquith Xavier, a porter at Marylebone station, applied to be a guard at Euston and was rejected because of the ‘colour bar’ which was legal at the time. Hear his daughter Maria Xavier talk about how he challenged the authorities.
In 1982, Goga Khan was one of the Newham 8, a group of young Asians whose case upheld the right of self defence and highlighted racism in the police force. Hear Goga Khan tell the Newham 8 story.
Two local choirs will also be performing: ASTA Singers led by Itoya Osagiede an Amina Gichinga supported by Solid Harmony and the Isle of Dogs Community Choir led by Nathan Davonte
Please publicise this event & the JtoJ civil rights exhibition at Beckton Globe Library, Kingsford Way, E16 5JQ telling stories you’ve seldom heard, told by people who made them happen, from the US civil rights movement, the UK and Newham’s struggles for social justice. For details& full programme of events