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Dear friends, 

The George Padmore Institute (GPI) is excited to announce the launch of our bright, streamlined website with an exciting array of new features. It launches today, 2 March 2021, forty years since the UK saw the biggest ever march by black people, with some 20,000 protesting in the Black People’s Day of Action.
 
Discover the history and background of the GPI’s archive collections, from the Black Parents Movement to the International Book Fairs. Learn about how the struggles of Caribbean, African and Asian communities in the UK and abroad were championed by organisations such as the Black Parents Movement, and individuals such as the co-founder of the GPI, John La Rose. The archives also celebrate the culture of these same communities and the significant contribution they made to British society. To delve deeper into the documents and materials the GPI conserves, each archive can be researched through a new, easy-to-navigate catalogue.
 
We are extremely lucky to have paintings by acclaimed Jamaican artist Errol Lloyd on the website. These colourful, vivid images evoke perfectly each of the archive collections and, as a former member of the Caribbean Artists Movement and a long-time friend and supporter of the GPI, it is fitting that his work will now be widely seen by generations to come.
 
Exclusively for the website, a film has been produced which explores one of the archive collections in a new way. In the fortieth anniversary year of the New Cross Massacre, where thirteen young black people lost their lives in a fire suspected to be an arson attack, we hear personal responses to the tragedy from GPI Trustees Roxy Harris and Linton Kwesi Johnson, who both helped to organise the campaign for justice; academic and photographer Vron Ware who documented the Black People’s Day of Action; and playwright Rex Obano and poet Jay Bernard, who have responded creatively to it. Stay tuned for new films over the coming months, each providing insights on different archive collections housed at the GPI.
 
The GPI also has a number of books and DVDs for sale. These can now be easily purchased via the new website using PayPal. Check out the 'Books' section of the Discover page.
 
As a charity, the GPI is dependent for its income on grants and donations. Please consider supporting the GPI with a contribution towards its running costs via the Support Us page.
 
We hope that through our new website you will enjoy discovering everything the GPI has to offer, from information on the archives to watching interesting films on historical and momentous events and purchasing interesting books to read!
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