The C.L.R. James Library Lives!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column to oppose the proposed renaming of the C.L.R. James Library in London. This also appeared in French. (In translation, I am ten years younger.) A petition in protest of the name chance has attracted more than 2400 signatures.

Now comes word from the Black and Ethnic Minority Arts Network that the campaign has succeeded. Here is the text of an email to those who signed the petition:

Dear friend

Following a short meeting between representatives of BEMA and Members and officers of Hackney Council, an in principle agreement has been reached that the name of the new facility will carry the name of CLR James Library as per our campaign demand. A formal statement will follow shortly. Many thanks to the thousands who have supported our successful campaign online and in other ways.

Bema will be playing an ongoing role in the development of a permanent CLR James exhibition at the new library as well as the establishment of an annual event commemorating his life and work.

Ngoma Bishop & Andrea Enisuoh  
Campaign co-ordinators

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