Amy Barbour-James in the mid-1930s
Caroline Amy Aileen Barbour-James
25 January 1906
|Died||4 May 1988 (aged 82)|
|Known for||Civil rights activist|
Early life and family
Caroline Amy Aileen Barbour-James was born in Acton, London, on 25 January 1906 to Guyanese parents, John and Caroline Barbour-James, one of their eight children. The Barbour-James family were a middle-class family who lived in west London in the early 20th century. Her father, John Barbour-James, worked as administrator in West Africa and had access to a large network of contacts throughout the continent. In 1918, he founded the African Patriotic Intelligence Bureau.
Inspired by her father, Barbour-James became active in the civil rights movements and was involved in the African Progress Union and the League of Coloured Peoples, becoming secretary of the latter organisation in 1942.
Barbour-James died in Harrow on 4 May 1988, aged 82.
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