April 2021 is the 40th anniversary of the Brixton uprisings. On this date an ambitious cultural programme of events and activities will kick-off across Brixton.
It will be a culturally democratic programme…
In 1981, Black communities in Brixton first rose up in a bloody confrontation with the Metropolitan Police against a backdrop of racism, severe economic recession and high unemployment. For the first time since the uprisings in 1981, we will tell the unheard stories of this exuberantly defiant act of rebellion that fundamentally changed Britain.
Michelle Hubbard, the Senior Creative Engagement Practitioner from the Nottingham based National Justice Museum, has asked us to circulate details of the project she is developing called ‘Ingenuity’, based around exploring an historic collection of beautiful objects crafted by people in prison.
Some of these objects will have been made in prison workshops, some will have been made illicitly with crude materials and items to hand. for example there are several beautifully made little soap carvings that the maker would have whittled away at (probably late at night) to fill the hours of emptiness and loneliness, using just their government issue soap ration, and maybe a finger nail or matchstick to carve it with.
In October 2020 the United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC) annual protest & rally moved online with a powerful video tribute that remembered the victims and heard from some of the families affected.
UFFC extended their thanks to Ken Fero of Migrant Media for compiling the film. It will remain online permanently for viewing at any time.