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Remembering Claudia Jones

'GODMOTHER OF BLACK BRITAIN': Claudia Jones

THE WOMAN considered the mother of the Notting Hill Carnival is to be remembered as part of commemorations marking the 50th anniversary of her death.

A programme of events celebrating Claudia Jones begins with a walking tour this Sunday (August 24) led by historian S I Martin.

The community organiser and political activist was also founder of the West Indian Gazette – Britain’s first black newspaper.

Jones was born in Trinidad but found her journalist roots while living in New York.

The 'carnival mother', as she is often credited, would eventually relocate to live and work in south London from 1956 until her untimely death in December 1964.

Her commitment to activism has seen her immortalised her as one of the 100 greatest Black Britons.

"She was what I consider the Godmother of modern black Britain today," said Martin.

"There was no jocular aspect to her and there was no glamour – she was a political heavyweight but not a firebrand," he added. "She was more interested in just getting the job done. There was nothing showy about her."

The tour - which costs £10 - leaves Oval station at 2pm and promises to 'explore the world of Claudia Jones'.

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