CLR James: petitioners join the fightback

LOVING DALSTON’S campaign to save the name of CLR James for the library in Dalston, started in February 2010, has had a result: an internet petition has been launched.

The first signature was posted on 27 August 2010 and more are being added daily.

James was one of the greatest and most prolific writers to emerge from British colonialism. He cleverly melded discussions of a huge range of topics, from cricket to marxism, to make difficult concepts (such as cricket) easier to understand than other writers.

Hackney council’s libraries department told Loving Dalston that some rooms in the new building might be named for James and for Rose Lipman, whose name was given to the archives in Downham Road.
It is important to Hackney people that both be somehow incorporated.
The archives and the library are due to move early next year to the new building in the Dalston Square complex near Dalston Junction overground station, which the council is renting from the developer Barratt’s.

The parlous state of the UK economy may, however, prevent that move. A second round of the financial cuts broadly agreed by the three leading political parties will soon be compiled. Hackney council may decide to leave the CLR James in its present functional though admittedly uninspiring premises just east of Dalston Square. The council still holds a few bargaining chips in its negotiations with Barratt’s.

Library chiefs, however, insisted to Loving Dalston on Wednesday 8 September 2010 that the library and the archives “certainly will be moving into the new building in the spring. Work on the fitout of the space will be starting very shortly, a contractor having already been appointed”.

David Altheer 030910

* Backstory: Black hero dropped by Hackney

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4 thoughts on “CLR James: petitioners join the fightback

  1. But not moving could save millions, enough to put in a lift. Of course, things never work out that easily bcs life just aint that logical.

  2. I really hope it does move. It is so annoying having the children’s section upstairs and no lift. I have to carry a buggy up the stairs if the baby is asleep. It’s a great selection of books though.

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