Protest march against Immigration Act, Liverpool 1971.
Strange as it may seem it, was possible to grow up on Merseyside in the 1960s and 1970s largely unaware that Liverpool possessed a sizeable, long established and culturally vibrant Black community, so ghettoized was it by racist housing policy and lack of economic opportunity for black people in the City.
As a schoolboy I remember witnessing this march and becoming intellectually aware, perhaps for the first time, how and why racial and class oppressions were connected. I’m still grateful to the people on that day who took the time to explain to me what was going on, why they were doing what they were doing, and for setting me on my own long march.
(images via Voices of East Anglia)