26 June 2020 10:36
Brixton activist Olive Morris – a member of the Windrush Generation – is the subject of today's (26 June) Google Doodle – the small illustration that appears on the internet giant's search engine page. A link leads to My Heart Will Always Be In Brixton, an exhibition of artwork by Linett Kamala inspired by Olive Morris, who would have been 68 today. Google also records the work of OWAAD, the Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent. The former Lambeth council offices on Brixton Hill, now being demolished, were named in her honour. Campaigners are pressing for a suitable memorial and award for young activists.
Morris died aged just 27 in 1979. More from the Remembering Olive Collective/ROC 2.0 ES News email The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday - Friday plus breaking news updates Enter your email address Continue Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid You already have an account. Please log in Register with your social account or click here to log in I would like to receive lunchtime headlines Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts, by email Update newsletter preferences Today's Google Doodle honours the life of social activist Olive Morris. Born this day in 1952 in Jamaica, Olive Morris became a prominent figure in the anti-racism and radical feminist movements in the 1970s in London and Manchester. She died of cancer in 1979 at the age of 27.
Today's Doodle honours her campaign for liberation, democracy and socialism. Here's all you need to know about Olive Morris. Who was Olive Morris? Olive Elaine Morris was born 68 years ago today in St Catherine, Jamaica. She moved to London at the age of nine with her parents and her five siblings as part of the Windrush generation. After leaving school without qualifications she went on to study at the London College of Communication. Olive studied social sciences at Manchester University and was an active member of the Manchester Black Women's Cooperative. In 1968 Olive became part of the British Black Panther Movement. She was central to the squatters' campaign in the 1970s, opening the 121 Railton Road squat in 1973 with Liz Obi. According to the writers of the political biography of civil rights campaigner, Darcus Howe, Olive turned squatting into an art form. The campaigner was passionate about the struggle of black women and in 1974 she co-founded the Brixton Black Women's Group and the Organisation of Women of Asian and African Descent (OWAAD). Olive's work wasn't just restricted to London and Manchester. She travelled often and enjoyed visiting China to see how people were building a socialist society in Asia. Olive first became ill during a trip to Spain in 1978. When she returned to the UK, she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Unfortunately treatment was unsuccessful and Olive died on July 12 in 1979 at the age of 27. Lambeth Council has named a building after the social activist and in 2011 a memorial award was launched in her name to support young black women with bursaries.