Altab Ali Foundation

Remembering the 1970s

Followings are extracts of interview records from tale of 'Three Generations of Bangladeshis in the UK', published by Swadhinata Trust in 2010. Please click interviewee's names for details.

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Mr. Suroth Ahmed (Faruk) Mr. Suroth Ahmed (Faruk) Mr. Ahmed was one of the founding members of Bangladesh Youth Approach (BYA). He was the fourth resident of Toc H and helped many Bengali families in East End from racial attack.
Mr. Suroth Ahmed (Faruk)
Mr. Ahmed was one of the founding members of Bangladesh Youth Approach (BYA). He was the fourth resident of Toc H and helped many Bengali families in East End from racial attack.
Mr. John Newbigin Mr. John Newbigin In January 1976 Mr. Newbigin started working with Avenues Unlimited as a youth and community worker. He worked with Bengali youth in and around Brick Lane.Now he works as a freelance journalist and strategic consultant to the cultural industries.
Mr. John Newbigin
In January 1976 Mr. Newbigin started working with Avenues Unlimited as a youth and community worker. He worked with Bengali youth in and around Brick Lane.Now he works as a freelance journalist and strategic consultant to the cultural industries.
Ms. Cathy Forrester (Peters) Ms. Cathy Forrester (Peters) Ms. Peters moved to the Chicksand Estate in 1962 when she was ten years old. As a local resident she experienced the problems faced by the Bengali community in Brick Lane. She stood up for the cause of the Bengali community in the late 1970s and was beaten, dragged and arrested by the police when a fight broke out between youth groups.
Ms. Cathy Forrester (Peters)
Ms. Peters moved to the Chicksand Estate in 1962 when she was ten years old. As a local resident she experienced the problems faced by the Bengali community in Brick Lane. She stood up for the cause of the Bengali community in the late 1970s and was beaten, dragged and arrested by the police when a fight broke out between youth groups.
Mr. Rajonuddin Jalal Mr. Rajonuddin Jalal Mr. Jalal was involved in the formation of the Bangladesh Youth Movement (BYM), which was a crucial youth organisation struggling against the then National Front in 1978. He was involved in setting up many cultural projects in Tower Hamlets, including the Kabi Nazrul Centre. The BYM was one of the leading organisations which coordinated the biggest protest march from Whitechapel to the House of Commons.Currently, he works as a Manager for Havering Council.
Mr. Rajonuddin Jalal
Mr. Jalal was involved in the formation of the Bangladesh Youth Movement (BYM), which was a crucial youth organisation struggling against the then National Front in 1978. He was involved in setting up many cultural projects in Tower Hamlets, including the Kabi Nazrul Centre. The BYM was one of the leading organisations which coordinated the biggest protest march from Whitechapel to the House of Commons.Currently, he works as a Manager for Havering Council.
Mr. Abdus Shukur Mr. Abdus Shukur Mr. Shukur was one of the founding members of Bangladesh Youth Movement (BYM) in the 70s and was its chairman and secretary. He was very much involved in Brick Lane in the 1970s in relation to the anti-racist movement and was chairman of the Spitalfields Housing and Planning Rights Service (SHAPRS).At the time of the interview Mr.Shukur was a Labour Party councillor for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Mr. Abdus Shukur
Mr. Shukur was one of the founding members of Bangladesh Youth Movement (BYM) in the 70s and was its chairman and secretary. He was very much involved in Brick Lane in the 1970s in relation to the anti-racist movement and was chairman of the Spitalfields Housing and Planning Rights Service (SHAPRS).At the time of the interview Mr.Shukur was a Labour Party councillor for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Mr. Jamal Hasan Mr. Jamal Hasan Mr. Hassan worked at Camden Community Law Centre. He was a community and youth worker in the East End from 1972 until 1981. He was also involved with the Bangladesh Welfare Association (BWA). He became secretary of the coalition organisation which staged the demonstration from Brick Lane to Hyde Park.
Mr. Jamal Hasan
Mr. Hassan worked at Camden Community Law Centre. He was a community and youth worker in the East End from 1972 until 1981. He was also involved with the Bangladesh Welfare Association (BWA). He became secretary of the coalition organisation which staged the demonstration from Brick Lane to Hyde Park.
Rev. Aloke Biswas Rev. Aloke Biswas The Reverend Biswas started his career as a social worker in the borough of Hackney in 1972. In the 1970s he was involved with the struggle against racism and he is still working as a social worker on a part time basis.
Rev. Aloke Biswas
The Reverend Biswas started his career as a social worker in the borough of Hackney in 1972. In the 1970s he was involved with the struggle against racism and he is still working as a social worker on a part time basis.
Mr. Akikur Rahman Mr. Akikur Rahman Mr.Rahman was a young political activist in the late 1970s.He was one of the organisers of the Black Solidarity Day in reprisal to the murder of Altab Ali - one of the biggest demonstrations in East London where 7,000 people marched from Whitechapel to 10 Downing Street. At the time of the interview Mr. Rahman was a Liberal Democrat Party's councillor for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Mr. Akikur Rahman
Mr.Rahman was a young political activist in the late 1970s.He was one of the organisers of the Black Solidarity Day in reprisal to the murder of Altab Ali - one of the biggest demonstrations in East London where 7,000 people marched from Whitechapel to 10 Downing Street. At the time of the interview Mr. Rahman was a Liberal Democrat Party's councillor for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Mr. Dan Jones Mr. Dan Jones Mr. Jones was a well-known youth and community worker and also the secretary of the Trade Union Council in Tower Hamlets. He struggled for the rights of ordinary Bengali people in and around Brick Lane. He has written, edited and illustrated a number of books. He has worked for Amnesty International UK as a campaigner and education officer for many years.
Mr. Dan Jones
Mr. Jones was a well-known youth and community worker and also the secretary of the Trade Union Council in Tower Hamlets. He struggled for the rights of ordinary Bengali people in and around Brick Lane. He has written, edited and illustrated a number of books. He has worked for Amnesty International UK as a campaigner and education officer for many years.
Mr. Derek Cox Mr. Derek Cox Mr. Cox has been a youth and community worker for over 40 years and worked for Avenues Unlimited in Brick Lane. It employed the first full-time Asian youth worker, Ashok Basu Dev, in the early 1970s. Mr Cox was involved in setting up the Montefiore Community Centre. He now works for New Avenues, the successor to Avenues Unlimited. Age 68, still working as a full time youth and community worker.
Mr. Derek Cox
Mr. Cox has been a youth and community worker for over 40 years and worked for Avenues Unlimited in Brick Lane. It employed the first full-time Asian youth worker, Ashok Basu Dev, in the early 1970s. Mr Cox was involved in setting up the Montefiore Community Centre. He now works for New Avenues, the successor to Avenues Unlimited. Age 68, still working as a full time youth and community worker.
Rev. Kenneth Leech Rev. Kenneth Leech The Reverend Leech has served as a director of the Runnymede Trust, a leading think-tank promoting ethnicity and cultural diversity. He was involved in the foundation of the Christian Socialist Movement and the Jubilee Group - a network of socialist Christians. He was also one of the church's leading experts on drug culture and the social problems it create. After 40 years as a priest and community theologian in Central and East London he retired in 2004 and now livesin Manchester.
Rev. Kenneth Leech
The Reverend Leech has served as a director of the Runnymede Trust, a leading think-tank promoting ethnicity and cultural diversity. He was involved in the foundation of the Christian Socialist Movement and the Jubilee Group - a network of socialist Christians. He was also one of the church's leading experts on drug culture and the social problems it create. After 40 years as a priest and community theologian in Central and East London he retired in 2004 and now livesin Manchester.
Mr. Sunahwar Ali Mr. Sunahwar Ali Mr. Ali was a radical political activist in the late 1970s and the founding member of Bangladesh Youth Front. He was closely linked in establishing the Kabi Nazrul Centre and was also involved in renaming the Montefiore School as Osmani School. He was associated with the Asian Unemployment Outreach Project (AUOP) in the East End.
Mr. Sunahwar Ali
Mr. Ali was a radical political activist in the late 1970s and the founding member of Bangladesh Youth Front. He was closely linked in establishing the Kabi Nazrul Centre and was also involved in renaming the Montefiore School as Osmani School. He was associated with the Asian Unemployment Outreach Project (AUOP) in the East End.
Mr. Mohammed Abdus Salam Mr. Mohammed Abdus Salam Mr. Salam is the founding member of Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO), which was based at the Robert Montefiore Centre. In the late 1907s PYO took the lead in street confrontations with racist NF and was associated with many distinctive social youth activities.
Mr. Mohammed Abdus Salam
Mr. Salam is the founding member of Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO), which was based at the Robert Montefiore Centre. In the late 1907s PYO took the lead in street confrontations with racist NF and was associated with many distinctive social youth activities.
Mr. Nooruddin Ahmed Mr. Nooruddin Ahmed Mr. Ahmed in the 1970s was a young political activist and the founding member of Bangladesh Youth League. He also worked for Tower Hamlets Association for Racial Justice (THARJ) and was one of the field officers responsible for monitoring the racial incidents in and around Brick Lane. Currently he is working for a community research organisation in East London.
Mr. Nooruddin Ahmed
Mr. Ahmed in the 1970s was a young political activist and the founding member of Bangladesh Youth League. He also worked for Tower Hamlets Association for Racial Justice (THARJ) and was one of the field officers responsible for monitoring the racial incidents in and around Brick Lane. Currently he is working for a community research organisation in East London.
Mr. Terry Fitzpatrick Mr. Terry Fitzpatrick Mr. Fitzpatrick worked as a builder in the early 70's. He is regarded as the champion of the Bengali community in fighting anti-racism in East London and started the squatting movement around Brick Lane to accommodate people in empty flats.He is still very active in the anti-fascist movement and probably one of the few activists from the 1970s who stayed most constant to that cause. He speaks fluent Sylheti (Bengali) and is a regular contributor to 'Searchlight', a monthly magazine challenging racism and fasism in Britain and around the world.
Mr. Terry Fitzpatrick
Mr. Fitzpatrick worked as a builder in the early 70's. He is regarded as the champion of the Bengali community in fighting anti-racism in East London and started the squatting movement around Brick Lane to accommodate people in empty flats.He is still very active in the anti-fascist movement and probably one of the few activists from the 1970s who stayed most constant to that cause. He speaks fluent Sylheti (Bengali) and is a regular contributor to 'Searchlight', a monthly magazine challenging racism and fasism in Britain and around the world.