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The George Padmore Research Library of Africa Affairs
The George Padmore Institute (GPI) is a library, research and educational centre housing materials relating to the black community of Caribbean, African and Asian descent, in Britain and continental Europe. The Institute is named after George Padmore (1902-1959), the Trinidadian writer and dedicated Pan Africanist who became one of the most influential figures in the anti-colonialism and independence struggles of the 20th century.
The Institute was set up as a charity in 1991 by a group of writers, educators, cultural, political and social activists associated with New Beacon Books Ltd. (a specialist bookshop, international book service and publishing house based in Finsbury Park, London) with the following key aims and objectives:
• To establish a library, educational resource and research centre that will allow the materials housed at the GPI to be available for use by interested individuals and groups.
• To organise educational and cultural activities, including conferences, courses, seminars, talks and readings.
• To publish materials relating to the history, culture and politics of the Caribbean, African and Asian diasporas, focussing in particular on the history and life experiences of black peoples in Britain and Europe.
The archive collections at the GPI have developed since the early 1960s through donation and deposit and include the archives of cultural and educational organisations and political campaign groups, collections of journals, newspapers, books, pamphlets and other literature published by national and international social movements and anti-racist organisations between the 1960s and 1990s. Key collections relate to the work of the Caribbean Artists Movement, the Black Education Movement and Supplementary Schools Movement, the Black Parents Movement, the New Cross Massacre Campaign, the International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books and the accompanying Book Fair Festivals, 1982-1995.