Friday, November 22, 2019

Caribbean comrade remembered

Dave Horsley at the seminar

by New Worker correspondent

Comrades gathered at the Sid French library at the NCP Centre in south London last weekend to hear David Horsley talk about the life of the Jamaican communist, Billy Strachan, who did so much to help the Caribbean community in London after the Second World War.
Billy Strachan was an RAF veteran who settled in London to help found Caribbean News, Britain’s first black British monthly newspaper dedicated to Caribbean independence, socialism, and solidarity with colonial and oppressed peoples. But Strachan’s communist views and his staunch support for the Daily Worker and its successor, the Morning Star, has resulted in him being largely ignored by historians.
To redress the balance, David Horsley has written a pamphlet about Strachan’s life and he will be speaking about him at the Marx Memorial Library early in the New Year.
The Billy Strachan pamphlet, which is published by Caribbean Labour Solidarity, costs £2 and copies of this booklet are available from David Horsley, whom you can email at:

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