‘A People’s Art is the Genesis of Their Freedom’

The Notting Hill Carnival was set up by two radical women as a defiant pageant of solidarity against a wave of racist violence.

Decades after it began, Notting Hill Carnival continues to be a hub for radical cultural expression in the capital. (Photo by Evening Standard / Getty Images.)

In 1958, in a rather wet and cloudy August, Notting Hill exploded into racist violence. One evening, a fight between a white Swedish woman, Majbritt Morrison, and her husband Raymond, who was Jamaican, had drawn the attention of onlookers outside Ladbroke Grove tube station. A fight broke out between some of Raymond’s friends and some […]

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