Anniversary Plaque Honours Founder of Britain’s First Civil Rights Movement
Britain has a long history of different racial groups coming to these shores, and the first organisations involving civil liberties concentrated mainly on Migration and the abolition Abolition Movement.
However, what could be coined Britain’s first Civil Rights Movement, was formed on 13th March 1931. Founded by a Jamaican-born physician named Dr Harold Moody, it was called The League of Coloured Peoples, and set up at the Central YMCA in Great Russel just off Tottenham Court Road. Although the League’s main emphasis was on Black Civil Rights In Britain, the wider goal of the organisation was to establish racial equality around the world. The League also sought to address the persecution of Jews in Germany before WWII.