Mar 04 2013

African British Histories Series Launched In Harrow

fairtrade_logoYoung people, parents, residents, Harrow councillors Sue Anderson, Kareema Marikar, Husain Akhtar and Deputy Mayor Cllr Nana Asante attended the first 2013 NARM (Naming And Role Model) African British Histories presentation at Gayton Library last Saturday.

History consultant Kwaku highlighted the life and work of NARM role models John Archer, the first African elected Mayor in London 100 years ago, and Paul Stephenson, who led the Bristol Bus Boycott 50 years ago. The presentation, which is based on resources from voluntary organisation BTWSC’s NARM book and DVD, are available at Harrow libraries.

“I studied labour history when I was younger, and looking back can see that the contribution African people made in developing a fairer and more equal society in this country was not recognised,” said Cllr Anderson. “Events like today’s look at how the lives of John Archer and Paul Stephenson helped redress the balance.”

The history presentation is to be delivered in other London boroughs, starting with Wandsworth on March 19.

As the event fell during Fairtrade fortnight, Cllr Asante, who chairs the Harrow Fairtrade Steering Group, delivered a short presentation on Fairtrade, and also provided Fairtrade refreshments.

“Fairtrade is about trade justice and we as consumers have the power to make change happen through our shopping decisions,” said Cllr Asante said. “The Harrow Fairtrade Campaign asks that when you shop, at least two of your purchases should be Fairtrade.”

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