Remembering Olive Morris by by Janelle Oswald
11 November 2009, The Voice and The Voice Online
An exhibition honouring this important, but largely forgotten black British activist opens this month. Janelle Oswald looks at the life of a ‘radical sister’.
If you have not shopped in Brixton lately you may be unaware of the new local ‘currency’ circulating in the south London neighbourhood.
Launched as a business initiative to encourage residents to ‘buy local’, the ‘Brixton pound’ notes feature a range of local historical figures. On the one pound note, the young black woman holding a megaphone to her mouth is one of Brixton’s lesser-known community figures, Olive Morris.
Born in Jamaica in 1952, Morris moved with her family to Britain at nine, and went on to become a passionate and committed community organiser and activist.