By Thomas L Blair 8 April 2017 copyright
Scholar-streetfighter Darcus Howe led Black youths struggle against “vulgar racism.
Health worker Pansy Jeffrey opened the first centre for Caribbean elders.
Different paths you might say. Yet, both were innovators and motivators in the riotous Sixties and Seventies when being Black was taboo.
Moreover, Darcus and Pansy were part of a new wave of thought and action . They offered inspiring solutions to Black peoples problems. Trans-Caribbean and pan-African in vision, they reignited the torch of resistance and mutual aid lit in the anti-Colonial struggle.
What unites Darcus and Pansy for us in our turbulent times is a quality of monumentality and permanence. They exposed the folly of silence in adversity. They aimed to change attitudes and policies in government and society. As such, their lives and missions are key resources for Black British social, cultural and political development. Read more
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