B is for Blood on the Streets. Dan Jones, an east London artist and activist, collaborated on this 1978 pamphlet. Jones' cover design made its way on to placards carried behind the coffin of Altab Ali, murdered in east London in 1978. The design illustrates the racial tensions evident in Tower Hamlets in the late-twentieth century. (Ref: London Collection BET D1.1)
Ellen Wilkinson MP addresses the Jarrow marchers in Hyde Park, 1936. Wilkinson (1891-1947), the ‘Pocket Pasionaria’, the ‘Fiery Atom’ was MP for Jarrow, an instigator of the famous march; and as ‘Red Nellie’, a hugely popular public personality.
Ellen Cicely Wilkinson - one of the first women to be elected to parliament in 1924. Known as Red Ellen for her red hair & her political convictions she became MP for Jarrow in 1935. In 1936 she organised the Jarrow March - 200 unemployed workers walked from Jarrow to London to present parliament with a petition for jobs. When they arrived, very little was done. The town's shipbuilding industry remained closed, and the marchers given £1 each for the train fare back to London!