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BCA founder is the face of new Brixton pound note

NEW FACES: The new Brixton pound

A HISTORIAN and educationalist who firmly believed in recording black history is to become a piece of history himself as he gets his own Brixton pound note in south London.

Len (Kwesi) Garrison, who founded the Black Cultural Archives (BCA), is among four well-known Brixton residents whose faces are now on Brixton pound notes.

Garrison, who died in Brixton in 2003, believed acknowledging and teaching black history was key to helping black children thrive in an education system that he said was failing them.

Garrison face’s is now on the Brixton one-pound note replacing the previously issued note that paid tribute to inspirational community activist Olive Morris.

The new notes are being launched later today (September 29) to mark the Brixton Pound’s second birthday along with a new electronic service that allows people to buy goods online and by text using Brixton pounds.

More than 200 businesses now accept Brixton pounds.

The old notes, which honoured Morris, historian and socialist thinker C.L.R. James, scientist James Lovelock and artist Vincent Van Gogh, expired on Wednesday (Sept 28).

“We can now commemorate new Brixton heroes,” a spokesperson for the community interest company Brixton Pound said.

The Brixton pound, which exists alongside the regular pound, was launched in 2009 to help boost local businesses.

The new notes also honour basketball player and Chicago Bulls star Luol Deng. Deng, of South Sudanese heritage grew up in Brixton before becoming a star in the US.

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