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History of the Establishment of the London Metropolitan Police

A group of teenagers were exploring “Why do the police treat us differently?”, and someone pointed out that there haven’t always been police. This prompted me to investigate the establishment of the London Metropolitan police, which led me to this comic:

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Black History: Olive Morris

Line drawing of Olive Morris. She looks to the left of the page, smiling. She is wearing a t-shirt and jacket. The text in the image is in the body of the post.Olive Morris was an anti-racist, anti-imperialist activist, community organiser and squatter. She was a member of the Black Panthers and co-founded the Organisation for Women of Asian and African Descent with Stella Dadzie.

She was tireless, helping to set up multiple other collectives and organisations, including the Manchester Black Women’s Cooperative, Manchester Black Women’s Mutual Aid Group, Brixton Black Women’s Group and the Brixton Law Centre.

Morris died of Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of 27.

The Remembering Olive Morris Collective was established in 2008 to document and make public her story.

Black History: Verna Wilkins

Line drawing of Verna Wilkins. She is looking to the front. Her hair is tied back in a bun at the base of her neck. She is smiling and you can see her teeth. She is wearing a top, necklace and blazer.

Verna Wilkins is the multi-award-winning author of over 50 picture books and biographies for young people, which have featured on the National Curriculum and BBC children’s television.

Wilkins is the founder of Tamarind Books, launched in 1987 after her 5-year-old son came home with a ‘This is Me’ book in which he was coloured in pink. He refused when Wilkins offered him a brown crayon, saying it had to be pink because it was for a book.

Wilkins ran Tamarind Books for 23 years, championing diversity in children’s publishing. It is now an imprint of Random House UK.

Wilkins now runs inclusive programmes in schools across the UK.

Black History: Evelyn Dove

Evelyn Dove

Evelyn Dove was a singer and actress, heralded as Britain’s black cabaret queen. She belongs among such greats as Josephine Baker. The daughter of a Sierra Leonean barrister and his English wife, Dove studied singing, piano and elocution from an early age, and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music.

She joined the Southern Syncopated Orchestra – West Indian, West African and American musicians – but in 1921, 9 of them drowned in an accident at sea. Dove toured Western Europe, the US and India. She was the first black female singer on the BC, and one of her shows was so successful they turned it into a TV show. By the 1940s Evelyn Dove was a household name.