To mark Black History Month, The Guardian asked myself and others on a panel to share who we would celebrate for their contribution to British society.
Olive Morris’s name is one that deserves to be more widely celebrated. In Brixton she is rightly remembered and memorialised as a local countercultural legend of the 1960s and 70s who embodied the very best of our community.
A radical racial justice campaigner and feminist community leader, her activism centred the issues she faced as a Black woman in Britain. At a time when Black communities experienced routine harassment from the police and the National Front, she fought fearlessly against police brutality and for racial justice. She pioneered an intersectional approach that sought to tackle multiple oppressions, fighting for equality in education, housing and employment.
Olive Morris achieved more in her 27 years than many do in an entire lifetime of activism. As we salute our sisters this Black History Month, her legacy is our ongoing struggle.