Today’s Google Doodle is dedicated to activist Olive Morris on what would have been her 68th birthday.
The Doodle of Olive is by Google Doodler and Londoner Matthew Cruickshank. It shows a mural of her in the street where she used to live – Railton Road, in Brixton.
If you don’t yet know what Olive Morris achieved in her life, which was cut sadly short in 1979, then read on, because we’ve got a brief history lesson about this oft-forgotten activist right here…
Olive Morris was an activist who campaigned for racial, gender and social equality. Born in Jamaica on 26 June 1952, she moved to London with her family when she was nine. Olive died at just 27 of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma but managed to do so much with the short time she was given.
he helped found the Brixton Black Women’s Group – one of the nation’s very first networks for Black women – and she to co-founded the Organisation of Women of Asian and African Descent.
She was also a member of the British Youth Black Panther Movement, and campaigned for squatter’s rights.
A Google representative said: ‘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.
‘We hope that by recognising and celebrating Olive Morris with a Google Doodle, we can inspire others to keep pushing forward for change.’
Source : Metro, 26 June 2020