August was a busy month for Black History Studies and so my blog posts have been delayed but its all good.
On Friday 1st August 2014, I took part in the International Black Power March for Reparations that was organised by the Rastafarian Movement in the UK with support from various organisations including EABIC (Bobo Shanti), Ethiopian World Federation (EWF), Twelve Tribes of Israel, Nation of Islam, Galaxy Radio, Global African Congress (UK) and the National Afrikan Peoples Parliament.
I am not a fan of marching but I support the Reparations movement and have appeared on the panel to discuss reparations hosted by the Nation of Islam. We assembled in Windrush Square and then marched onto 10 Downing Street where a petition was delivered. The crowd was so large that I could not get near the gates.
The weather was perfect for the day and I was amazed by the number of people who attended the march. I saw many people from the Black History Studies network and current/past students. I was glad to be part of this historic event as thousands of people marched through the street chanting and singing, holding placards and explaining why we were marching to people who stopped us to ask what was going on. It was nice to see different groups from all parts of the country in attendance. Sis Jendayi Serwah came down from Bristol to support the march.
After handing in the petition, we congregated in Parliament Square where various people tried to address the crowd but the PA system was inadequate to hear what was being said due to the background noise. The march went back to Brixton and I headed home, feet sore, lots of images on my camera and a renewed belief that organisations can work together to unify the community to highlight and support a cause. Where there is a will, there is a way.