Weʼre raising £1,500 to To honour the legacy of 50 years of the Mangrove, we are planning a community and educational day on the All Saints Road in September 2018.
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The Mangrove was a Caribbean restaurant located at 8 All Saints Road, Notting Hill, West London. It was opened in 1968 by Trinidadian community activist and civil rights campaigner Frank Crichlow.
In 1969 the Mangrove restaurant became the target of police attention that seemed designed to close it down.
. It was raided 12 times between January 1969 and July 1970 and in August that year a protest march was organized demanding "hands off the Mangrove". The protest ended in violence and the arrests of nine protesters (the "Mangrove Nine"), including Crichlow, Althea Jones Lecointe, Darcus Howe and Rhoden Gordon, on charges that included conspiracy to incite a riot. Their celebrated trial in 1971. After 55 days at the Old Bailey Critchlow and his fellow defendants were acquitted. What is more, 28 years before the Macpherson Report, the judge publicly acknowledged that there was "evidence of racial hatred" within the Met.
In the '70s Critchlow founded the Mangrove Community Association, which continued the work begun by the restaurant, organising demonstrations against apartheid in South Africa, institutional racism, and supporting national liberation movements from Africa to the Middle East. Critchlow was also instrumental in establishing and running the Notting Hill Carnival.
To honour this legacy, we are planning a community day on the All Saints Road in August 2018. We want it to also be a learning environment, especially for young people to hear and see the contributions and sacrifices that were made. We hope to have a gallery of photographs along the road, of those who were part of our struggle and resistance, with write ups of their contributions. We also want to have a historical look at the road and who ran businesses there over the decades. There will be steel pan and mas making workshops. There will also be a series of talks during the day from many associated with the Mangrove Legacy, including Althea Lecointe-Jones (Mangrove 9), Michael Mansfield QC (Barrister for Frank Crichlow) and Clive ‘Mash Up’ Phillips (Co-founder of the Mangrove Steel Band. We also want to honour Raymond ‘Moses’ Bernard, a Mangrove veteran who sadly lost his life in the fire at Grenfell Tower.
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