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Bogle L’Ouverture founders Jessica and Eric Huntley given Blue Plaque

Bogle L'Ouverture Blue Plaque Unveiling
Saturday 13 October, 12.45-1.45pm
141 Coldershaw Road, London, W13 9DU
Organised by the Nubian Jak Community Trust

On Saturday 13 October, an event celebrating Jessica and Eric Huntley will mark the unveiling of a Nubian Jak Blue Plaque at their home at Coldershaw Road, in Ealing. This marks the half centenary of the founding of their press Bogle L’Ouverture in 1968. 

Speaking of the Blue Plaque, the Huntley family said, 'The Nubian Jak Memorial Plaque is a timely recognition of the contributions made by Jessica and Eric Huntley to Black British experience for more than 50 years. The Memorial was recommended to the Nubian Jak Community Trust and is fully supported by the Huntley family.'

BLP was founded in London with a remit to support radical writers from Africa and the Caribbean. The name of the press is a reference to two of the Caribean's most important liberators: (Paul) Bogle and (Toussaint) L’Ouverture. BLP was founded as a response to the Jamaican Government banning Dr Walter Rodney from re-entering the country in October 1968.

Their publications include influential titles like How Europe Underdeveloped Africa and The Groundings with My Brothers both by Dr Walter Rodney. They also published titles by Linton Kwesi JohnsonBeryl GilroyAndrew SalkeyValerie BloomRobin Walker and many others, a number of whom went on to publish with Peepal Tree.

Dr Margaret Busby, OBE, Hon. FRSL, said, 'The unique personal and political partnership forged by Jessica and Eric Huntley lasted more than 60 years, spanning their native Guyana and the Britain where they migrated in the late 1950s.  The impact of the Ealing-based publishing enterprise they co-founded, Bogle L’Ouverture, resonated around the world and, half a century later, continues to inspire us all today.'

Windrush arrivals Eric and Jessica Huntley came to the UK from Guyana, for which they just received an award from the Guyana High Commission. Their social and political activism led to other organisations being established with others, including the Black Parents’ Movement and the development of the Keskidee Centre, one of the UK’s first African Caribbean Cultural Centres. 

The Nubian Jak Community Trust has organised the unveiling with thanks to the crowdfunding campaign by Huntley family members and friends. The date also marks five years since the passing of Jessica Huntley and coincides with Ealing’s Black History Month celebrations.

High Commissioner for Guyana, His Excellency Hamely Case said, 'The Guyana High Commission is pleased to endorse the recognition of Guyanese Jessica and Eric Huntley for their sterling contribution to the development of their community and to acknowledge the positive impact which their service will provide to future generations.'

More information

Please contact the Nubian Jak Community Trust team.

Tel: 0203 697 1532/3 0207 692 4880

Website: Nubian Jak Community Trust, Email: info@nubianjak.org, Follow them on Twitter @nubianjak

The Nubian Jak Community Trust is a registered charity, governed, administered and managed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.

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