Claudia Jones – Mother of the Carnival

Millions flock to the West London area of Notting Hill every August Bank Holiday to celebrate Europe’s biggest street party: Notting Hill carnival. But not many know WHY this party was started and more importantly, who was behind this great idea. A Black woman of Trinidanian descent started this party.

This is the story of Claudia Jones Mother of the Carnival.

We’ve setup a Gofundme to further amplify Claudia’s voice during next year’s carnival and we would appreciate any support you offer. Please donate on the link below:

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Carole Boyce Davies, 2010, Claudia Jones: Beyond Containment: Autobiographical Reflections, Essays and Poems, UK: Ayebia Clarke Publishing LTD.

Joe Mulhall, 2020, British Facism after the Holocaust, From the Birth of Denial to the Notting Hill riots 1939 – 1958, UK: Routledge

Bonnie J. Morris, D. M. Withers, 2018, The Feminist Revolution: The Struggle for Women’s Liberation, 2018, Virago.

Petticoat Lane Market, looking north. c 1955, John Gay via English Heritage.



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