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George Padmore – Commemorative Plaque

Date: Tuesday 28 June
Venue: 22 Cranleigh Street, Camden, london NW11BD
Time: 1.00pm

Tube: Mornington Crescent, Euston


One of the most influential political thinkers of the 20th century is to be commemorated this summer with a heritage plaque in North London . Cranleigh Street in Camden will be the site of the capital’s latest blue plaque, where George Padmore lived at no. 22 from 1941 to 1957 with his partner and collaborator, Dorothy Pizer. The address was a big part of the political landscape of pre- and post-war London , becoming a focal point for anti-colonial activists from around the world.

George Padmore was born Malcolm Ivan Meredith Nurse in Arouca, Trinidad , on the 28 June 1903. He worked as a journalist until 1924 then left for university in the USA , intending to study medicine. However, he changed his mind switching to political science and then on to law at Howard University . However, he did not complete his degree, as the Communist Party, which he had joined in 1927, sent him to Moscow . There he served on the Moscow Council before being sent to Vienna then Hamburg on Party affairs.

However, with the lead up to WW2, the USSR ’s politics on western colonialism changed and a disillusioned Padmore resigned from the Communist Party. He moved to Britain continuing his work as an anti-imperialist and pro-equality journalist writing for African, African-American and Caribbean newspapers, and publishing books and newspapers in the UK . In 1945, he was the main organizer the legendary Fifth Pan African Congress to campaign for independence for all colonies.

When Ghana became the first West African colony to gain independence in 1957 Padmore moved to Ghana to take up the position of Advisor on African Affairs to Nkrumah, now the first president of the independent country. George Padmore died after a short illness in London on September 23, 1959, where he’d gone to receive medical treatment.

The plaque was organized by the Nubian Jak Community Trust, in collaboration with High Commissions of Trinidad & Tobago and Ghana respectively, and Camden Council. It will be unveiled 98 years to the day that Padmore was born. The unveiling will be performed by His Excellency Garvin Nicholas – High Commissioner of Trinidad & Tobago, His Excellency Professor Kwaku Danso-Boafo – High Commissioner of Ghana, His Worship Councillor Abdul Quadir – Mayor of Camden, and Jak Beula, along with members of the public and press.

WHEN: Tuesday 28th June 1:00pm. VENUE:- 22 Cranleigh St , Camden , NW1, 2BD

For more information contact:

Event and Marketing: 0800 093 0400

Mayor’s Reception: Caroline 020 7974 1989

General Enquiries – Alison 07909 515 413

Plaque & Sculpture Scheme: Nu Jak Media – 0207 692 4880


1)  His Excellency, Professor Kwaku Danso-Boafo, High Commissioner for Ghana said “Ghana is privileged and honoured to be contributing to the commemoration of a true African patriot, a selfless and a pioneer pan Africanist”.”

2) His Excellency, Garvin Nicholas, High Commissioner for Trinidad & Tobago said “ Trinidad and Tobago is honoured to acknowledge the tremendous contribution made by George Padmore to international struggles for freedom, equality and independence. He was a man of vision, courage and commitment and an exemplary son of the soil”

3) Jak Beula, founder of plaque scheme said “It is a real honour to be involved in commemorating a great African Caribbean in the truest sense. George Padmore campaigned tirelessly for global equality and African autonomy, and he was one of the catalysts for the decolonization of postwar Africa and the Caribbean .

4) Councillor Abdul Quadir, Mayor of Camden , said: “It gives me great pleasure to commemorate George Padmore. George, a former Camden resident, is widely recognised as one of the most influential political thinkers of the 20th century. I hope this plaque will remind people of his life’s achievements and serve as an inspiration to local people.”

5) Dr Aggrey Burke, vice chair of George Padmore Institute said “Padmore’s vision was of a world unburdened from the arrogance and tribulation of empires and dedicated to equality, solidarity and hope. We have named our Institute after George Padmore as we see it continuing the traditions which shaped his life – independent, radical vision and outlook connecting the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, North America and Asia .”

6) Marika Sherwood, Co-founder of BASA (Black and Asian Studies Group) said “George Padmore was absolutely crucial to the struggle for respect, equality, freedom and independence by all colonised peoples, but especially Africans and those of African descent, from the 1930s until his premature death in 1959.”


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Why do we need black history month? – Have your say

BHM 2010

BHM 2010

As it’s Black History month in October here in the U.k a question has been raised as to the relevance of BHM. I have outlined my feelings in Black history Month, why we still need it. However, I want to know how other people feel about it. I asked Toyin Agbetu, founder of the Ligali Foundation how he felt about Black History Month. His response is below.


Toyin Agbetu

The need for African history month is similar to that of a statutory body for equality. We ideally do not want it to exist but accept that whilst discrimination remains a fixture of society, we require progressive remedies to address and eventually eradicate the problem.

One important improvement to African history month would be to ensure that events strongly feature history on the acts, culture and beliefs of self determining Africans as opposed to its current focus on entertainment or first to mimic western achievement milestones.

However for African history month itself not to cause damage by reinforcing falsehoods of eurocentrism (see Samir Amin) then it is crucial that all black history month events are pan-African in character and place the restoration of African identity at the centre of their teachings – not nebulous narrow doctrines of hyphenated black nationalism as they do now.

Now it’s your turn, please share your feelings about black history month with us all here.

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