Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture. Free Event
During Black History Month, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and its Black Members' Council hosts a free event celebrating the life and work of trailblazer Claudia Jones. A heroine of modern times - a journalist, activist and campaigner - perhaps best known as one of the founding members of The Notting Hill Carnival and the first black newspaper, The West Indian Gazette and Afro-Asian Caribbean News, this remarkable black woman made a significant contribution to society. The NUJ would like to invite you to join us in remembering her life and the continuing struggle for equality today.
The lecture is held every year as part of London's Black History Month in honour of pioneering radical journalist, Claudia Jones. She was born in Trinidad in Protected content , but later moved to New York where she encountered poverty and discrimination.
In Protected content , she joined the Young Communist League and joined the staff of the Daily Worker. She was arrested in Protected content served a year in prison before being deported and given asylum in the UK.
Confronted by posters saying "No blacks, no dogs, no Irish", she became a leader in the Black equal rights movement that was emerging in London's Notting Hill and founded The West Indian Gazette, one of the first Black newspapers in the UK.
Claudia always believed that "a people's art is the genesis of their freedom" and in Protected content one of the founders of the Notting Hill Carnival. Today the carnival is the biggest in Europe and is a fitting memorial to Claudia's life of activism and campaigning. Claudia died in London on Christmas Day, Protected content , and is buried in Highgate Cemetery next to Karl Marx.
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