Olive Morris

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Olive Elaine Morris (26 June 1952 – 12 July 1979)[1] was a British community leader and activist in the feminist, black nationalist, and squatters' rights campaigns of the 1970s in the United Kingdom.


Olive Morris was born in 1952 in St Catherine, Jamaica, to Doris (née Moseley) and Vincent Nathaniel Morris, and moved to London, England, with her family at the age of nine.[1] She lived predominantly in South London.[2] Leaving school without qualifications, she later went on to study at the London College of Printing.[1]

She was a founding member of the Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent (OWAAD) in London, established the Brixton Black Women's Group, was a member of the British Black Panther Movement (along with others including Linton Kwesi Johnson and Farrukh Dhondy), and helped found the Manchester Black Women's Cooperative and Manchester Black Women's Mutual Aid Group.[3][1]


Morris died of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 27 in 1979. Lambeth Council named one of its key buildings after her, in 1986.[4]

Morris is depicted on the B£1 denomination of the Brixton Pound, a local currency in Brixton, London.

In October 2008 the Remembering Olive Collective was started.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Emma Allotey, "Morris, Olive Elaine (1952–1979)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, May 2012. Accessed 15 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b Sheila Ruiz (16 October 2009). "Do you remember Olive Morris?". BBC News. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Red Chidgey (25 July 2010). "Do you remember Olive Morris?". Red Pepper. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Olive Morris House". Lambeth Council. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 

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