Martin Luther King


Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and the civil rights movement

Posted on March 23rd, by Samuel Ali in History. 1 Comment

How the Croydon-based composer and musician helped instigate change

In the 50th anniversary year of the assassination of US civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, on 4th April 1968, it’s timely to examine the role of Croydon composer, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, in the early modern US civil rights and pan-African movements. His mixed-race ethnicity, humble beginnings and untimely death make the story of his achievements all the more … Read More »



Our modern heritage: why Croydon’s concrete architecture should be admired

Posted on June 11th, by Tom Lickley in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

As Croydon’s Heritage Festival approaches, Tom Lickley looks at a different kind of historic building – those made from concrete. How can our soaring modernist towers contribute to the town’s future?

“To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.”

“Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless.”

“When we build, let us think … Read More »



Croydon’s other riots, ten years on

Posted on March 4th, by Anthony Miller in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Anthony Miller considers Croydon’s lesser known riot in 2004

Is riot a language? Owen Jones of the Independent thinks so and tell us so in an article on water cannons. He is, of course, quoting Martin Luther King’s second most famous soundbite: “Riot is the language of the unheard”.

The water cannon is a very bad thing that can lead to activists getting a … Read More »



Does Croydon need its own Martin Luther King?

Posted on October 30th, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

As we approach the end of Black History Month, Sean Creighton our local historian, reflects on the impact Martin Luther King had on Croydon from across the Atlantic.

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.’”

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