Olive Morris, Brixton community activist

If you’re in the London area and have a love of women’s history, check out the Remembering Olive Morris Collective. First of all, we go by the acronym R.O.C., which just sounds badass. And, as it should: Olive Morris was amazing and her legacy lives on in Black London history.

Olive Morris speaking at a rally against police brutality outside Brixton Library (ca. 1972)

Olive Morris speaking at a rally against police brutality outside Brixton Library (ca. 1972)

Olive and another activists, Liz Obi, were active in the black women’s, Black Panther, and squatters movements in the early 1970s. I’m just beginning to scratch the surface of their work, but the ROC blog has some amazing photos of Olive, as well as shots of historical documents for nerds like myself to geek out over.

In addition to collecting oral histories about black women’s activism, the collective is also launching a campaign in south London to make sure that the building named after Olive retains her name, as well as a plaque that lets people know about this fighter for community justice. Stay tuned for how you can help.

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