Eric and Jessica Huntley, Guanyin Windrush generation immigrants have laid the path for black communities all across London through publishing and social justice action and were given the recognition they deserve on October 14th.
Rupa addressed a large crowd alongside Ealing’s Mayor, Tejinder Dhami, as they gathered to see the unveiling of a blue plaque in West London on Saturday the 13th, which represented the community’s way to give thanks and show admiration to the late Jessica and living Eric.
“The unveiling was a great tribute to the Huntleys and really expressed Ealing’s diverse residents and our great sense of community. I am proud to politically represent a couple that has done so much for minority communities and social justice.” – Rupa Huq, MP
Eric and Jessica were founders of The Caribbean Education & Community Workers Association (CECWA) and were also the individuals that opened ‘The Bookshop’ – later known as Walter Rodney Bookshop – in 1974, which was a vital hub for Black British communities across London. Through the Bookshop, the couple went on to launch the International Book Fair of Radical Black & Third World Books in 1981 and have since published books that have won prestigious awards such as the Commonwealth Writers Prize.
The plaque unveiling was an important event for local residents during this year’s Black History Month and represents Ealing’s proud and diverse communities.
All photos were taken by Eddie Osei, Eric and Jessica Huntley’s Grandson.