Stephen Bourne

stephen bourne

Dr. Harold Moody

Southwark Council (2008)

The story of the community leader Dr. Harold Moody who made his home in Peckham and was once described as Britain ’s Dr. Martin Luther King.

In 1931 Dr. Moody founded the League of Coloured Peoples, one of the leading Black-led organisations of the 30s and 40s.

Stephen’s book was launched during the ‘I Love Peckham’ festival in July 2008 and inspired a group of youngsters from Peckham’s Harris Academy to stage a short play about Moody during that year’s Black History Month. Dr. Harold Moody – A Peckham Hero was presented by the Peckham Shed children’s theatre in October 2008.

"This is a great book that tells a story of a great man and the struggles of a black minority. Young people will enjoy reading this book." (Camberwell Quarterly)

"Stephen Bourne, who is one of our members, had written an interesting and attractive book. It will help many young people in Peckham and other parts of Southwark to appreciate an important aspect of local history." (The Peckham Society News)

Available from Southwark’s Local History Library (tel 020 7403 3782) Price £2