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|
Amy Barbour-James (25 January 1906 – 4 May 1988) was a London-born Guyanese Black civil rights activist and civil servant.
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 later organisation in 1942.
Barbour-James died in Harrow on 4 May 1988.
- Amy Barbour-James. National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
- "005: Amy Barbour-James & the League of Coloured Peoples 1942 « Jeffrey Green. Historian". Jeffreygreen.co.uk. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
- Green, Jeffrey (1998). Black Edwardians: Black People in Britain, 1901–1914. London [u.a.]: Frank Cass. p. 71. ISBN 0714644269.
- "Photograph of Amy Barbour-James: About the object". Teaching History with 100 Objects. The British Museum. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
- "Writing the Century 11: 1963–1966 - All My Trials, Episode 1, Excerpt from: All My Trials". 15 Minute Drama. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 2016-02-15.