Commemorating the ‘Battle of Lewisham’ 40 years on Saturday 12 August – LMHR will be putting on a gig at the New Cross Inn, 323 New Cross Rd SE14 6AS as part of a range of events marking the 40th year anniversary of the “Battle of Lewisham”. Artists performing at the gig include Logic, Lloyd Luther, One Jah, Batwings and more tbc. Event page here. The gig will follow a commemorative march in Lewisham organised by Unite Against Fascism and Lewisham TUC. Event page here Flyer here
Remembering the “Battle of Lewisham” Community Festival Sunday 13 August – LMHR is working alongside Goldsmiths, Lewisham Council and the Albany Theatre to run a community festival commemorating the “Battle of Lewisham”. The free event will include live music, screenings, panel discussions, exhibitions, stalls, food and an evening gig (see below). The event will begin with the unveiling of a plaque 12.15pm Clifton Rise, London SE14 6JW see here for details. Followed by the community festival 1pm at The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE14 6JW. Flyer here
The “Battle of Lewisham” refers to 13th August 1977 when the nazi national front (NF) attempted to march from New Cross to Lewisham town centre and were stopped by the local community, socialists and others (including the late civil rights activist Darcus Howe). It was the first time a national NF march was stopped from reaching its destination. The event hastened the demise of the NF so is significant in the history of Lewisham and race relations in Britain.