Hackney council yesterday 7 Oct 2010 backed down on its decision to drop the name CLR James from the £4.4 million combined archive and library in the Dalston Square building at the corner of Roseberry Place (map).
The council says it will now put to “community groups” the suggestion that the new premises be named the Dalston CLR James Library.An online pro-James-name petition launched in August had attracted more than 2,500 signatures.One of its organisers, Ngoma Bishop, of the Dalston-based Black and Ethnic Minority Arts group, thanked this website “for taking the lead”.
Loving Dalston was the first news outlet to reveal council plans to drop the name, explaining in February that both the Trinidadian writer CLR James and Rose Lipman, a Hackney councillor, would lose their status as names on local buildings.Hackney council apologised to James’s widow, Selma, for not having consulted her about its plans to drop the legendary polemicist and cricket writer’s name.
The council has not apologised to any of Lipman’s descendants. However, nobody has expressed interest in keeping her name on the library.