30 September 2011 by Sam
This year we’ve got our busiest ever programme for Black History Month, with lots of free events taking place across several venues. Here’s some information about the subject of one of the first talks, activist Olive Morris, from education manager Vikky Evans-Hubbard:
“Do you remember Olive Morris? was a community art project seeking to bring to wider public attention the history of Brixton-based activist Olive Morris (1952-1979).
In her short life, Olive Morris co-founded the Brixton Black Women’s Group and the Organisation of Women of Asian and African Descent (OWAAD) and was part of the British Black Panther Movement. She campaigned for access to education, decent living conditions for Black communities and fought against state and police repression. Despite dying at a young age, she empowered the people who lived and worked around her.
At the project’s inception, there were no public records about Olive Morris, and no information about her was available on the internet.
This long term project was started in 2006 by Brixton-based artist Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre, when she encountered a photograph of Olive Morris taken by British Black Panthers’ photographer Neil Kenlock. The photo shows Olive Morris standing at a Black Panther Movement demonstration in Coldharbour Lane in 1969, and holding a placard reading: “BLACK SUFFERER FIGHT PIG POLICE BRUTALITY”. Research into this particular moment in local history led to a meeting with community activist Liz Obi, a friend and colleague of Olive Morris, who then become a key collaborator in the project.
On Monday 3 October the International Slavery Museum is pleased to welcome Nadja Middleton, from the Remembering Olive Collective, who will tell us more about this inspirational young woman’s life and the project that has preserved her memory.
During October, Olive Morris will be added to the Black achievers wall in the Legacy gallery.
To reserve a place for this free event, please call 0151 478 4432.”
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