Community activist Olive Morris celebrated by Google


Google has marked the birthday of British community activist Olive Morris in its latest Doodle illustration.


The Doodle of Olive is by Google Doodler and Londoner Matthew Cruickshank.


“There has never been a more timely moment to commemorate the birthday of Olive Morris, whose fight for equality, left an extraordinary legacy of local activism in Brixton and beyond,” Google said.


“We hope that by recognising and celebrating Olive Morris with a Google Doodle, we can inspire others to keep pushing forward for change.”


The Jamaica-born south Londoner fought for racial, gender and social equality in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s.


In the early 1970s Morris became a member of the youth section of the British Black Panther Movement (later the Black Workers movement), alongside Linton Kwesi Johnson and Clovis Reid.


Olive died in 1979 at the age of 27 after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Friday would have been her 68th birthday.


Morris studied at Manchester University between 1975 and 1978. Her activism did not take a break while she was away from London.


She became involved in the Manchester Black Women's Co-operative and the Black Women's Mutual Aid Group as well as establishing a supplementary school after campaigning with local black parents for better education provision for their children.


Google Arts and Culture also features a dedicated exhibition of artwork by Linett Kamala inspired by the activism of Ms Morris, in partnership with the Black Cultural Archives.


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