Black History Month – Una Marson

Line drawing of Una Marson. She is sat at a desk writing, her eyes to the viewer. She is wearing a blazer, shirt and neckscarf, and her hair is in a 1950s style. The text in the image is in the body of the post.

Una Marson was a poet, playwright, editor, the first black woman programme maker at the BBC, and an activist.

Marson’s work was anti-colonial, antiracist, working class, feminist and Pan-Africanist. Writing in both English and Jamaican patois, her work addressed the lived realities of working class Jamaicans and the wider Caribbean diaspora community in the UK. She wrote about being a colonial subject who comes to the ‘Motherland’ only to find it alienating and racist. She broke down racist, Eurocentric beauty standards and the negative impacts they have.

Marson took over a BBC radio show, which had been a way for soldiers to send messages to their families, and turned it into Caribbean Voices, a key international platform for Caribbean literature.

www.thefeministwire.com/2014/03/una-marson-anti-colonial-feminist-anti-racist-pan-africanist-champion-good-causes/

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