An afternoon of creative responses to the Battle of Lewisham.
On 13th August 1977, an attempt by the National Front to march from New Cross to Lewisham was halted by a patchwork of groups in a display of solidarity against fascism and racism. This event will explore and debate the history and context of anti-racist and anti-fascist resistance and protest in and around Lewisham in the twentieth century.
A diverse panel including academics, activists and Lewisham’s first black police constable will share music, video, objects and images that activate memories and responses to the Battle of Lewisham.
Les Back - Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London
Lez Henry - Lecturer in Criminology at the University of West London
Balwinder Rana - Founding president of the first Asian youth organisation in the UK, active in anti-fascist marches from 1974 and took part in the Battle of Lewisham. Balwinder was also National Asian Organiser for the Anti-Nazi League after its launch in 1977, and launched Sikhs Against the EDL in 2010.
Amina Mangera - Activist and campaigner in the Lewisham area and beyond
David Michael - Retired Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector and first black constable to be posted to the Borough of Lewisham in April 1973
Part of Radical New Cross: protest and dissent 1875 - 2015. A series of free public events celebrating the radical past, present and future of New Cross.
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