As part of Black History Month we wanted to recognise the achievements and contributions of our Black heroes here in the Tulse Hill community. The history of the name Tulse Hill carries negative connotations through its association to the slave trade and colonialism via Sir Henry Tulse who owned much of the land here. To continue to move forward we must recognise the unsung heroes who paved the way and fought for the next generation so that they could accesses better opportunities. Marcia has written about the achievements of a number of our local heroes below.
There is still, however, a lot more to be done due to the on-going struggle and challenges. On Monday 26th October the Tulse Hill Branch of the Labour Party held a public event on whether Tulse Hill Ward should be renamed, given its association to Sir Henry Tulse. Cllr Sonia Winifred joined the meeting to talk about what Lambeth Council is doing to celebrate Black History Month and address historic links to slavery and colonialism in Lambeth.
We spoke at the meeting about the upcoming review of Ward boundaries in Lambeth. The independent Boundary Commission will not only look at the boundaries of Wards but will also consider the names of the Wards in Lambeth. We believe there needs to be a broader public discussion about the use of the name Tulse in our local area – not least as two roads, a large housing estate and a nearby train station also carry the name. However, the review by the Boundary Commission is likely the only opportunity in the next decade for the name of the Ward to be considered. We want to know from residents what you think about the use of the name Tulse in our Ward name, whether it should be changed and, if so, what alternatives you think it could change to. Email us by clicking here to let us know.
Tulse Hill’s local Black heroes include:
- Hazel Turay BEM: Awarded the British Empire Medal in 2015 for her work in the community, Hazel is a Community Activist and has spent 45 years working on projects on the Tulse Hill, Roupell Park and Morlands Estates. Originally running a children’s club out of an old church building, Hazel then rented a hall at Dick Sheppard School. When it closed down she set-up a play scheme at Purser House on the Tulse Hill Estate, which now has expanded and occupies recently renovated building at Jubilee Hall. A former Director of the Brixton Community Law Centre, Hazel also founded the over 50’s club on the Tulse Hill Est, which has been running for over 20 years.
- Clovis Reid MBE: A community outreach worker for crime reduction charity NACRO based in West Norwood, Clovis was awarded an MBE for services to youth justice in Lambeth. He has worked as a community activist since the early 1970s and was a member of the Black Panther Movement in Lambeth along with Olive Morris and Linten Quise Johnson. Living in Tulse Hill, Clovis led the way in regard to youth engagement and was well known for turning around young people’s lives whilst he worked at the Marcus Lipton Centre.
- Sandra Moodie: Living in Tulse Hill, Sandra is the former Vice Chair of Lambeth CPCG (Community Police Consultative Group) and Chair of the Lambeth Black Family Forum (LBFF). LBFF was established in July 2010 by the African Caribbean Liaison Officer PC Errol Patterson of Lambeth Met Police following the murder of 15 year old Zac Olumegbon. Sandra is also a popular children’s author.
- Saleha Jaffer: Founder of the Fast Project established in 2007 to support families who have experienced violence, crime or stress, Saleha Jaffer lives just off Upper Tulse Hill. Saleha is a former Mayor of Lambeth (2016/2017) and Chair of faith together in Lambeth – working with faith groups across the community. She is presently Chair of High Tree Development Trust and has been for over 10 years.
- Erica Tate: The first Chair to lead on the development of Tulse Hill Neighbourhood plan and the first to organise a Mandela Day in Tulse Hill. Erica also helped establish Parents Organising Play (POP), which is about putting the whole family at the centre of creating healthy, educational and self– development activities that will help guild all the family into becoming successful individuals. POP works across Tulse Hill to focus and invest time on the family through fun and creative activities and finds entrepreneurial activities to support the development of the group of parents. Erica worked as a co-ordinator in Brixton for Age UK organising activities for residents.
- Jean Ramsey: Chair of the St Matthews Estte TRA and founder of the Big Soup that brings families together, Jean is also an Assistant Football Coach for the St Matthews Project which supports boys from disadvantage backgrounds. A governor at Jubilee School, Jean also runs a food-share as part of the healthy living platform.
- Precious Wilson: Tulse Hill resident Precious Wilson started out as a backing singer for the all-male group Eruption. The group enjoyed their first success when they won a talent competition in 1975 and then went on to record the song “Let Me Take You Back in Time”. When the lead singer left the group Precious Wilson stepped forward to front the band. Since then, she has made guest appearances and associated studio productions with artists such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, James Brown, Boney M, Michael Bolton, Little Richard and she also recorded along with Sir Cliff Richard on The Kendrick Collection by Graham Kendrick. Precious Wilson is also known for being one of the authors in the book How To Deliver A Difference.