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Weʼre raising £15,000 to Open the Marcus Garvey Centre for Education in Handsworth, Birmingham

Birmingham, UK

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In 1974 the Harambee Organisation started the Marcus Garvey Nursery in Handsworth, Birmingham. It was one of the first Black led nurseries in the UK educating countless children until it closed in 2008.

As has happened to far too many community organisations, Harambee was in serious financial difficulties and a new board was put in place to keep the organisation alive. After merging with the Organisation of Black Unity in 2017, Harambee OBU is now is the position to take work forward and build up the organisation. For a full breakdown of the history of the work on the building visit Make it Plain

Education is a central part of the work and we plan to house the education department of the Organisation in the Marcus Garvey Centre. We will continue the legacy of providing Black education in the space and use the building as a hub to bring the community together to discuss, plan and provide Black education from the early years through into adult learning. A space for Black education is so important because of the systemic inequalities that we face in the school system

A system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect - WEB DuDois

We have started the work on the building and plan to have the ground floor of the building open soon. We have secured the building; ensured it is structurally sound; fixed the flooring; and work is underway on the electrics.

We have already spent £25,000 on the building on cleaning, security, internal walls, structural work, asbestos removal and the installing electricity. We are making progress but need support to get the building open.

The funds raised here will be used to pay for plumbing to be installed in the building and plastering, so that we can open the building to the public. Once open we plan to engage the community in the space and deliver educational programmes. which include:

A Black supplementary school, restarting the Malcolm X Study circle; being the base of the Harambee Organisation of Black Unity and; being a hub to bring together people interested in Black education. In the long term we are committed to the Marcus Garvey Nursery and also plan to start a Pupil Referral Unit.

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  • Harambee Organisation of Black Unity4 months ago
    Harambee Organisation of Black Unity

    Harambee Organisation of Black Unity

    4 months ago

    We have secured the building, so the rest of the work can take place. Thanks to everyone who has supported so far

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  • Harambee Organisation of Black Unity4 months ago
    Harambee Organisation of Black Unity

    Harambee Organisation of Black Unity

    4 months ago

    The electrical work is almost done, meaning the building is now secure (with alarm and CCTV), and ready for the next phase. Thank you to everyone who has supported so far

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Page last updated on: 10/13/2018 7:06 AM

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 13, 2018

    WE must do for ourselves... the motto some time back was FUBU ... it still is WE cannot be respected when we beg government to make your cause happen. I am, because you are, and TOGETHER we stand!

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Sep 28, 2018

    "Without education, you are not going anywhere in this world."

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Sep 10, 2018

    keep at it, we are with you.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Sep 1, 2018

    £10.00

  • Yasmine Clarke

    Yasmine Clarke

    Aug 26, 2018

    £20.00

  • Elio Di Muccio

    Elio Di Muccio

    Aug 22, 2018

    £50.00

  • Troy Grizzle

    Troy Grizzle

    Aug 21, 2018

    Keep up the good work. I will be spreading the news about this.

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Harambee Organisation of Black Unity

Harambee Organisation of Black Unity

Birmingham, UK

A community organisation based in Birmingham, UK working to uplift Black communities. The Harambee Organisation was founded in 1972 and in 2017 merged with the Organisation of Black Unity in order to carry on supporting the community.

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