VISNEWS filmed London's St.Pancreas Town Hall May 28 as members of all political parties spoke?
VISNEWS filmed London's St.Pancreas Town Hall May 28 as members of all political parties spoke against racial prejudice during a meeting commemorating Kelso Cochrane, the West Indian murdered in North Kensington May 17. More than 500 people of many races gathered beneath a double-lifesize picture of Kelso.
The meeting, attended also by the murdered man's brother John Cekrane, was organised by the newly-formed Committee for Inter-racial Friendship. Along the speakers were anti-H-bomb campaigner Father Trevor Huddleston, Dr. Lacorbiniere, the deputy Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation, Mr. Richard Hornby, Conservative M.P. for Tonbridge, Dr. David Pitt, a negro and prospective Socialist parliamentary candidate for Hampstead; and Miss Manuella Sykes, prospective Liberal candidate for Ipswich.
Father Huddleston said colour discrimination was the supreme issue of our generation. "The thing I am most afraid of is the appalling silence of the good people who by their positions of power and authority could rally public opinion if they wanted".
Dr. Dacorbiniere stressed that racial prejudice "..must be eliminated either by law or by force". He added "But I do not mean we should take the law into our own hands......"
Dr. Pitt spoke of complaints from coloured people in the Notting Hill area, who said they could walk several blocks without seeing a policeman. He called for the Public Order Act to be amended to make publication of the sort of race literature distributed in Notting Hill a criminal offence.