Valda James

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Valda James

Valda James

Valda Loiuse James Became the Mayor Of Islington in 1988. She became the first black woman to be elected to Islington Council.Born in 1928, Valda came to Britain in 1961 and raised her children alone in some condition of poverty. to support her family she was working in the Catering Industry, Nursing and Dressmaking.

Valda James former Mayor of Islington

Valda James former Mayor of Islington

In 1986 she became the first black woman to be elected to Islington Council, where she applied her knowledge and experience of being a single parent to her work on the Social Services committee.

Just two years later she rose to position of Mayor and her daughter took the post of Deputy Mayor.

   

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  1. Randomchatter says:

    Quietly dedicated and inspiring, I remember her well at a time when the press could and would write the most disgusting things about black people without opposition and Thatcher and her colleagues tore apart the working classes across the UK. An influential woman, its with some remorse that the black ‘communities’ across the UK still cry out for the likes of Valda.

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