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New jewels: why Britain should be proud to fund the Black Cultural Archives

By turning a black lens on social history, the BCA does something unique—and vital. In the year of the Windrush scandal, proper funding is the least the government could offer

By Bolanle Tajudeen  

In the last few days of October, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna confronted the government for the lack of financial assistance given to the Black Cultural Archives (BCA), accompanied with a letter signed by 100 MPs urging the government to step in to secure the institution’s future.

Since then, supporters have used the #backBCA to put pressure on the government to support the largest archive dedicated to preserving the history of Black…

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