Thousands of people gathered from many parts of the country. The demonstration assembled in Fordham Park in New Cross and, over the course of eight hours, made its way to Hyde Park.
As the marchers passed through the streets of south London, workers walked out of their offices to join in, and young people scaled the fences of their schools to take part. Despite police attempts to prevent them from crossing the river at Blackfriars, the demonstrators pressed on to take the protest to Fleet Street, the home of British newspapers.
A delegation headed by John La Rose delivered ‘The Declaration of New Cross’ to 10 Downing Street, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and the Houses of Parliament. Other prominent activists in the black community were present, including Linton Kwesi Johnson, Sybil Phoenix, Darcus Howe, Alex Pascall and Menelik Shabazz.
Vron Ware’s photographs document this historic occasion in vivid detail. While the images capture the defiant solidarity of the women and men taking part, they are supplemented by shocking evidence of the way it was subsequently reported by the Fleet Street press.
“Over 30 years later and hitherto unpublished, Vron Ware's defiant photographs offer insight into decisive moments of cultural resistance in post-war Britain's anti-fascist and community campaigning”
- Renée Mussai, Curator / Head of Archive
The following people lost their lives in the fire:
Humphrey Brown (b. 4 Jul 1962); Peter Campbell (b. 23 Feb 1962); Steve Collins (b. 2 May 1963); Patrick Cummings (b. 24 Sep 1964); Gerry Paul Francis (b. 21 Aug 1963); Andrew Gooding (b. 18 Feb 1966); Lloyd Hall (b. 29 Nov 1960); Lillian Rosalind Henry (b. 23 Aug 1964); Patricia Johnson (b. 16 May 1965); Glen Powell (b. 19 Jan 1965); Paul Ruddock (b. 19 Nov 1958); Yvonne Ruddock (b. 17 Jan 1965); Owen Wesley Thompson (b. 11 Sep 1964). A fourteenth person, Anthony Berbeck, caught up in the fire, was believed to have committed suicide following the trauma of the event, in July 1983.