Supporters

“The project is highlighted in many key local and national strategies, including the Mayor of London’s Cultural Strategy: This purpose-built centre in Raleigh Hall, Brixton, will be a fitting site for a significant and fascinating collection related to London’s Black community and it will contribute to a better understanding of our shared history. It will bring to life many important and illuminating stories about Black people in the capital, providing a valuable educational resource for all Londoners. The centre is part of a multi-million regeneration project in Brixton which will raise the profile of the area’s unique heritage.”

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

“I’ve been a huge fan of the BCA since it was first set up in 1981 – it’s a goldmine of information about black cultural identity in Britain. I’m looking forward to taking my children to Raleigh Hall and showing them how much they have to be proud of from their past and how much that past has influenced their lives today.”

Kwame Kwei-Armah, actor, writer and broadcaster

 

“This would be a resource of immeasurable value to every student of Black history, and a source of deep pride to entire British Black community. Surely such a vision is worth working and sacrificing for.”

Peter Fryer, writer and journalist

 

“There are two basic reasons why we need to have a Black Cultural Archives centre here in Britain. The first is the need for a resource centre for ourselves to which we could [find] information about the part played by the people of Africa in the development of this society and the general progress of mankind. The second rests on demonstrating to the wider public that we have a proud history of achievement and service, which entitles us to respect.”

Gordon De La Mothe, artist, teacher and writer

 

“Evidence from the past with bits and pieces from the present, collected in one location, available to all, will provide a resource so rich and many-sided that finally all of us interested in the history and achievements of African people in Britain and elsewhere will be able to challenge the British history industry with a form of criticism that its practitioners respect.”

Jeffrey Green, historian

 

“The BCA’s vision for a major Black history and cultural centre has been a long time in the making but worth the wait. Raleigh Hall will make the perfect setting in which to celebrate the contribution of Black Britons to our cultural, social, political and economic life.”

Carole Souter, Chief Executive, Heritage Lottery Fund

 

“It is so exciting to see the progress of the Black Cultural Archives project;  I can’t wait for it to open.  Brixton is known as the African Caribbean capital of Britain and so it is entirely fitting that the BCA will be based here on Windrush Square.  Lambeth is proud to support such a valuable project and to honour the contribution of all the Black communities to Lambeth, London and Britain.”

Councillor Lib Peck, Lambeth Council Leader