Exploring mixed race experiences
John Archer, who was mixed race, was elected Mayor of Battersea in 1913 and was once thought to be the first black Mayor in the UK (the first black Mayor, also mixed race, is now known to be Dr Allan Glaisyer Minns, elected Mayor of Thetford, Norfolk in 1904).
On Tues 16th April 2013 BTWSC Events are holding “A free, audio-visual presentation by history consultant Kwaku which highlights the community and local political activities by Archer, who became London’s first African mayor when he was elected Mayor of Battersea 100 years ago in 1913. Archer, initially a Liberal politician, became a stalwart of Battersea’s Labour movement, and successfully worked with an Asian Communist to be twice elected MP. Archer was also involved in pan-Africanism.”
BTWSC is a pan-London voluntary organisation that uses the creative arts to develop potential, raise aspirations, and promote social inclusion. It works with youths, adults and inter-generational audiences. Its core areas of delivery cover music industry, event planning, and African history education and programmes.
For further information on the event see http://www.history.org.uk/resources/event_3095.html
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