The Gentrification of Brixton and other Black areas

Recent media articles have complained of London being ‘sold off to foreigners’ It is certainly true that parts of London have drastically changed in appearance in recent years but what impact has there been on the African-Caribbean community ? Black History Walks have hosted a number of educational events on the Windrush generation, civil rights and housing in Brixton/Notting Hill, Peckham but some of our venues no longer exist due to gentrification.
Senior Lecturer Charmaine Brown will give an illustrated talk on the regeneration of Peckham and its impact on the African-Caribbean commmunity. Her talk will cover:

  • What is gentrification? Positives and negatives
  • Peckham’s history: Rural farms, upper class ghetto, urban warzone
  • Black British Civil Rights in South London
  • Black Empowerment via Wealth Creation: ‘Box hand’ and ‘Sou Sou’
  • How African-Caribbean people regenerated Peckham/Brixton/Notting Hill before “Regeneration”
  • Depopulation, Repopulation and racist shops

There will also be a presentation from Black History Walks on international comparisons to the above (Brooklyn, Brazil, South Africa) and the hidden Black history in London’s streets.

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